United Parcel Service Inc. is joining other companies in pledging $1 million in funding and in-kind services to help India combat a runaway COVID-19 outbreak.
Thousands are dying each day, many for lack of oxygen, as daily reported cases top 400,000 and the pandemic pushes an already-stressed health care system to the brink.
The UPS Foundation is already working with partners including Atlanta-based CARE and other international agencies and local nonprofits to transport and distribute supplies on the ground:
UPS is coordinating with strategic partners, including UNICEF, CARE, The Salvation Army, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, MAP, Medshare, Rotary Club, the US Chamber Foundation and others to mobilize critical medical supplies including oxygen concentrators, ventilators, nebulizers, respiratory supplies, PPE, COVID-19 test kits and antiviral medications to India.
With shipments arriving May 3, UPS Global Freight forwarding has moved 5,000-plus oxygen concentrators across India with Sewa International. It also moved pallets of respirator equipment destined for hospitals, villages north of Mumbai and tribal areas of the state of Gujarat. UPS is also supporting CARE’s work in Bihar state, which includes setting up two intensive care centers with five more to follow.
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