Kaiser Permanente is responding to the COVID-19 surge in India by donating more than $5 million worth of surplus medical equipment and supplies to support those affected. The equipment, including oxygen generators, and supplies, such as gloves, isolation masks, and swabs and tubes for testing, are from emergency reserves we’ve built since the start of the pandemic and had remaining following our response to the COVID-19 surge in the United States earlier this year.
The increasing numbers of infections are now nearly 400,000 a day in India, overwhelming the country’s health system and making the situation there particularly alarming. It is in the world’s interest to help India contain this deadly surge. As a nonprofit organization with a deep and long-held social mission, Kaiser Permanente is fortunate to be able to help the people of India to overcome the enormous challenge they are facing.
“While there are counties here at home and countries around the world that continue to be hit hard by the pandemic, the situation in India outstrips anything we have seen,” said Greg A. Adams, Kaiser Permanente chair and chief executive officer. “This surge has resulted in an unprecedented need for hospital beds, oxygen, and other medical supplies. As such, we felt compelled to join with other national and international organizations and foundations to help.”
Kaiser Permanente has also established a website where our physicians and employees can personally donate to 1 of 3 organizations supporting India and other countries experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases. Kaiser Permanente is matching individual donations dollar for dollar up to a total of $100,000.