COVID-19 Response & Relief


Mobile Covid-19 testing van in India, Delhi Police personnel stands in a queue for coronavirus covid 19 test at Chandni Mahal area identified Red Zone, old Delhi. Shutterstock Image

Johns Hopkins India Institute COVID-19 Task Force Established to Aid Partners with Response and Relief Efforts


India, the largest democracy in the world, is facing an unprecedented second wave of COVID-19. Currently, 350,000+ infections are being reported per day, and there are shortages of a wide variety of critical resources such as oxygen, healthcare facilities, and access to rapid testing. Additionally, compounding factors such as misinformation and hesitation around the COVID-19 vaccine, lack of awareness of COVID-19 disease progression, and dwindling non-medical resources are only adding to the overburdened healthcare system. 

Based on the needs identified by our partners on the ground, the Johns Hopkins India Institute COVID-19 Task Force (JHII CTF) was formed to raise awareness, respond to current needs, and coordinate activities, services, and opportunities to address the COVID-19 pandemic in India alongside our partners. The JHII CTF is chaired by Dr. Amita Gupta, and Dr. David Peters is co-chair; the two are also Co-Chairs of the Johns Hopkins India Institute. 

The JHII CTF will: 

  • Utilize the skills of JHU faculty, staff, students, and partners to organize COVID activities and communications in India prioritizing needs identified by our partners on the ground
  • Facilitate humanitarian assistance to India-based organizations 
  • Use flexible teams and SOW to respond to changing conditions and priorities, as identified by our partners
  • Support evidence-informed and locally generated needs and priorities, ensuring that work that is already being done is not being replicated, and in consideration of impoverished and vulnerable groups

Currently, the JHII CTF is providing support to India-based organizations to meet the following needs:

  • Oxygen equipment and supplies
  • Diagnostic tests, laboratory capacity and surveillance initiatives
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and food kits for frontline healthcare workers
  • Clinical case management training and support
  • Vaccines, PPE, and food kits for below poverty line communities
  • Community outreach and media campaigns to raise vaccine and home-care awareness


Each of these organizations have established relationships with JHII and can accept donations directly (listed below in alphabetical order).

  1. Bal Umang Drishya Sanstha (BUDS) (Delhi, West Bengal): Through a collaboration with JHU’s Maternal and Child Health Center India (MCHI), BUDS will use donated funds to support COVID Relief Health Camps, primary care services, distribution of Ready to Use Food Supplements for malnourished children, and address issues of vaccine hesitancy and access.  JHU affiliates serve on the Board of Trustees. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
  2. Child In Need Institute (CINI) (Kolkata, West Bengal):  Through a collaboration with JHU’s MCHI, CINI will use donated funds to support COVID-19 testing; provide families with non-medical resources such as masks, hygiene products, and food assistance; raise COVID-19 awareness and prevention via public health messaging; and support staffing for COVID Assistance Centers. (Accepts donations from India only)
  3. JHPIEGO (multiple locations across India): An JHU affiliate, JHPIEGO will use contributions to their COVID-19 Response Fund for India to prepare health workers with critical skills, supplies, and emotional support during this new phase of the pandemic. (Accepts donations from US only)
  4. Christian Medical College Vellore (CMC) (Vellore) – CMC is a Medical Center in South India serving a catchment area of 34 million people and collaborates with JHII through various groups across the University. Working in collaboration with India’s Ministry of Health, CMC is currently (1) adding an additional 1,500 new general ward and ICU beds, (2) increasing its inventory of ventilators, (3) doubling its number of oxygen concentrators, (4) acquiring and distributing testing kits and treatment medicines to all its inpatient and outpatient facilities, (5) maximizing its use of personal protection equipment, and (6) making COVID vaccines readily available.  Donations can be made to the Vellore CMC Foundation (a US based non-profit) or directly to CMC.  A faculty member at the School of Nursing currently serves on the CMC Foundation board. (Accepts donations from both US and India)    
  5. King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital (Pune): JHII, through the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), partners with KEM Hospital on infectious disease research.  KEM is a 550-bed NGO tertiary care facility in Pune focused on clinical research. They are using donated funds for the procurement of ICU beds and monitors, ventilators, infusion pumps, and defibrillators. (Accepts donations from India only)
  6. Mission Vayu (Pune)The Pune Platform for COVID Response (PPCR) is a public-private partnership collecting funds for 250 BiPaP machines (ventilators) and 4,000 oxygen concentrators for hotspots in the state of Maharashtra where JHII, through CCHGE, currently collaborates with several partners. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
  7. YRG Care (Chennai and multiple locations across India):  JHII, through the JHU School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases, currently collaborates with YRG across their 16 Integrated Care Centers (ICCs). Donations to YRG Care will leverage this network of centers and ongoing projects to address COVID-19 needs in Southern India including, ramping up high quality point-of-care antigen testing; providing non-medical support to healthcare workers and below poverty level communities; and providing care support to those with COVID. A JHU faculty member serves on YRG’s governance board.  (Accepts donations from both US and India)


  1. GiveIndia: Provide oxygen to help India breathe again : GiveIndia will partner with Municipal Corporations, State Health Ministries, hospitals, doctors, and key NGO networks who have been authorized to supply equipment to charitable hospitals and COVID Care Centers to help facilitate oxygen supply and provide life-saving equipment.  This fundraising platform is supporting critical COVID patients, charitable hospitals and COVID Care Centers. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
  2. AarogyaSeva Global Health Volunteer Alliance (Bangalore) – Founded by a JHU affiliate, AarogyaSeva is an international, humanitarian sustainable micro-volunteering platform that is dedicated to providing quality healthcare services to affected communities worldwide.  Working to form a consortium of regional hospitals and healthcare logistics organizations to support COVID response, AarogyaSeva is also looking to set up oxygen beds in hospitals within a 100 km radius of Bangalore.  Donations would support the immediate needs of AarogyaSeva including the procurement of 400 oxygen concentrators; equipment to outfit 10 Mobile Medical Transit ICU’s; the restarting of the Tele Health and Mental Health Helpline; support for 100 Oxygen Generator plants in tier 2 and tier 3 towns in Karnataka; and hot, nutritious fresh food for frontline workers, patients, and caregivers in hospitals.  (Accepts donations from US only)
  3. India Philanthropy Alliance (IPA): IPA is a coalition of nonprofit, philanthropic and charitable organizations that mobilize people and funding for poverty reduction programs in India. Several of JHII’s Advisory Board Members are members of IPA and have organized 14 key partners that work in India for direct response to COVID; these include Pratham, WISH, Project ECHO, and AIF. (Accepts donations from both US and India) 
  4. Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS): The IRCS is a voluntary humanitarian organization having a network of over 1100 branches throughout India, providing relief in times of disasters/emergencies and promoting the health and care of vulnerable people and communities. IRCS has scaled up preparedness to tackle the COVID pandemic by initiating a myriad of activities including the training and mobilization of volunteers; distributing essential commodities to the needy and sick; and supporting state governments in strengthening the fight against COVID-19 by conducting community surveillance.  (Accepts donations from India only)
  5. Liver Foundation, West Bengal (West Bengal): To save lives when oxygen tanks are not readily available, funding is needed for a 100-strong fleet of oxygen concentrator equipped ambulances in the Kolkata/Howrah areas of West Bengal. COVID Care Network helpline will triage calls and direct government-supported ambulances, while the Liver Foundation, West Bengal will coordinate. 100 ambulances will reach ~9,000 people during the peak period of May.  Funding will support the purchasing of 72-100 oxygen concentrators. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
  6. Pratit International (Kolkata): Founded by a faculty member at the JHU School of Medicine, Pratit has been working in the slums of Kolkata to provide comprehensive medical services to vulnerable patients. With a trained and robust corps of Physicians and Health Workers, donations to Pratit will be used to leverage and mobilize COVID-19 Outpatient Monitoring Education & Treatment (Operation COMET) to reduce death due to COVID-19 with treatment at home; decongest overwhelmed hospitals; deliver vaccines door to door; and scale services to a state and national level. (Accepts donations from both US and India)
  7. Vatsalya (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh): Vatsalya’s mission is to achieve lasting improvement and consistent endeavor towards the upliftment of behavioral practice in health & gender, through a process that unites people across culture and adds meaning and value to their lives. A community group working in and around Lucknow, they have recently scaled up their response to COVID in rural areas and are currently supporting two efforts: (1) working with local authorities in slums in Lucknow to help infected individuals isolate more effectively, and (2) working with existing community members in adjoining rural districts to support home care and treatment. (Accepts donations from India only)


1.    Johns Hopkins South Asian Medical Student Association – SAMSA
2.    India Covid SOS 
3.    Global India Covid Task Force (Slack Channel organized by Manu Prakash, Stanford University and Madhukar Pai, McGill Univerity with several JHU faculty, fellows and students participating)
4.    Open Critical Care Covid-19 Treatment Guidelines 
5.    Indiaspora
6.    AAPI USA
7.    Brief on India situation, updated regularly (compiled by JHU SAMSA)
8.    At Home Covid-19 Care (available in multiple languages)

1.    Urge the Biden-Harris Administration to Send Surplus Vaccines to India

We are routinely amazed and inspired by the generosity of time and expertise our Hopkins colleagues muster in times of need. We hope you will engage with us as we race to support India in its darkest hour.