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COVID-19 Pandemic Response – India Focus

INDIA’S COVID CRISIS

India’s COVID crisis is the worst since the pandemic began. Official estimates of the nationwide infection rate are currently near 400,000 per day. The health system in India is stressed to the brink — hospitals are full, oxygen supplies and essential medical equipment are becoming hard to find, and many of the ill are struggling to find a hospital bed.

BAPS Charities, through its partner hospitals and volunteers in India, has swiftly answered the desperate plea for support by providing the lifesaving resources and expertise to help as many of the afflicted as quickly as possible. These efforts are having a direct impact on the care of critically ill patients. The various forms of support include:

Ventilators, Oxygen Concentrators, Medicine, Meals, Ration Kits, Fresh Vegetables, PPE, Temporary Beds

In addition to resources and volunteers in India, BAPS Charities partners from North America, the United Kingdom and the Middle East are raising funds to directly support efforts in India and are preparing shipments of oxygen concentrators and other desperately needed medical supplies.

Please contribute to the BAPS Charities COVID-19 Relief Fund by clicking the DONATE button. Thank you very much for your support.


In Canada, BAPS Charities has undertaken many initiatives to educate, to support and to offer relief to those affected by the pandemic. Below is an on-going report of actions taken thus far in Canada.


UPDATE (April 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities to host vaccine clinic for more than 15,000 people in Toronto

BAPS Charities to host vaccine clinic for more than 15,000 people in Toronto in collaboration with William Osler Health System, Solicitor General / Vaccine Distribution Task Force and the Ontario Ministry of Health.

https://www.bapscharities.org/canada/toronto/news/vaccine-clinic-in-toronto/


UPDATE (March 31, 2021):

BAPS Charities Distributes over 130,000 Masks across Canada

BAPS Charities distributed more than 130,000 face masks free of charge to families in communities across Canada.

https://www.bapscharities.org/mask-donation-canada


UPDATE (February 12, 2021):

BAPS Charities Donates $13,500 to Support Hospitals across Canada

BAPS Charities Canada recently presented the Victoria General Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg, the William Osler Health System in Toronto and the Scarborough Health Network Foundation in Scarborough with donations totalling $13,500.

https://www.bapscharities.org/supports-hospitals-across-canada


UPDATE (February 03, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Ottawa, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Ottawa, ON during the holiday season and donated over 300 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Stittsville Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-14/


UPDATE (February 01, 2021):

BAPS Charities Donates over 20,000 pounds of Non-Perishable Items to Food Banks Across Canada

BAPS Charities Canada organized a food drive in 14 cities across Canada during the holiday season and donated over 20,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to local Food Banks.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-13/


UPDATE (January 23, 2021):

COVID-19 Vaccine – Myths, Facts, and FAQs

Three experts give their perspective on the COVID-19 Vaccine, its safety and answer some frequently asked questions.

https://youtu.be/CdsQUo_Muy0


UPDATE (January 22, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Montreal, QC

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Montreal, QC during the holiday season and donated over 1,250 pounds of non-perishable food items to Moisson Montreal Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-12/


UPDATE (January 21, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Regina, SK

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Regina, SK during the holiday season and donated over 360 pounds of non-perishable food items to Regina Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-11/


UPDATE (January 18, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Calgary, AB

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Calgary, AB during the holiday season and donated over 1,200 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Centre for Newcomers and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA).

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-10/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Brampton, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Brampton, ON during the holiday season and donated over 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Knights Table food bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-9/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Cambridge, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Cambridge, ON during the holiday season and donated over 1,150 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-8/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Scarborough, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Scarborough, ON during the holiday season and donated over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-7/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Brandon, MB

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Brandon, MB during the holiday season and donated over 550 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Helping Hands Centre of Brandon.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-6/ 


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Vancouver, BC

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Vancouver, BC during the holiday season and donated over 750 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Surrey Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-5/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Saskatoon, SK

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Saskatoon, SK during the holiday season and donated over 500 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Saskatoon Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-4/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Edmonton, AB

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Edmonton, AB during the holiday season and donated over 1,200 pounds of non-perishable food items to Edmonton’s Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-3/


UPDATE (January 14, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Windsor, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Windsor, ON during the holiday season and donated over 1,700 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Windsor Goodfellows Club food bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca-2/


UPDATE (January 6, 2021):

BAPS Charities Food Drive in Toronto, ON

BAPS Charities organized a food drive in Toronto, ON during the holiday season and donated over 3,500 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

https://www.bapscharities.org/food-drive-2020-ca/


UPDATE (December 14, 2020):

Critical Dialogue on COVID-19 between William Osler Health System and BAPS Charities Canada

BAPS Charities and William Osler Health System executives held a virtual dialogue on the current state of the COVID-19 situation in the community.

https://www.bapscharities.org/dialogue-wohs-baps-charities/ 


UPDATE (July 29, 2020):

BAPS Charities connects seniors across Canada

BAPS Charities virtually connected over 210 seniors living in different regions across Canada, allowing them to re-engage in social discussions.

https://www.bapscharities.org/canada/toronto/senior-conference-calls


UPDATE (July 29, 2020):

BAPS Charities Donates 4,000 Lbs of Fresh Vegetables to Frontline and Charitable Organizations across Toronto, ON

BAPS Charities donated 4,000 lbs of Fresh Vegetables to Frontline and Charitable Organizations across Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

https://www.bapscharities.org/4000lb-vegetable-donation


UPDATE (June 26, 2020):

BAPS Charities Donates 12,000 PPE to Clinics and Essential Services in Ontario

BAPS Charities donated 2,000 N95 masks and 10,000 nitrile disposable gloves to medical clinics and essential service facilities throughout Southern Ontario including Etobicoke, Brampton, Woodbridge, Mississauga, Oakville, Scarborough, Barrie, and Cambridge.

https://www.bapscharities.org/ppe-donation-2


UPDATE (June 23, 2020):

Senior Volunteers of BAPS Charities Help to Make 1,700 Care Packages, Toronto, ON

The senior volunteers of BAPS Charities helped to make 1,700 care packages for distribution to seniors, international students and families in need.

https://www.bapscharities.org/care-packages-canada-3


UPDATE (June 10, 2020):

BAPS Charities gifts 1,000 Flowering Plants to Healthcare Professionals at William Osler Health System in Toronto, ON

BAPS Charities gifted 1,000 Flowering Plants to healthcare professionals at the William Osler Health System, Toronto, ON  in gratitude and recognition of the services provided by them.

https://www.bapscharities.org/flowering-plants-donation


UPDATE (June 3, 2020):

Over 600 Hot Meals distributed to Health Care Professionals at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, BC

BAPS Charities supported healthcare professionals at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, BC by providing over 600 hot meals.

https://www.bapscharities.org/hot-meals-served-bc


UPDATE (May 27, 2020):

Donation of 20,000 Nitrile Disposable Gloves to Toronto Police Service

In gratitude and recognition of the heroic services provided by our police officers, BAPS Charities donated 20,000 nitrile disposable gloves to the Toronto Police Service.

https://www.bapscharities.org/ppe-donation


UPDATE (April 28, 2020):

Over 1,800 Food Care Packages distributed to seniors, students and families in need in Western and Central Canada

BAPS Charities distributed 1,845 food care packages containing fresh Indian snacks, spices and sweets to seniors, international students and vulnerable families in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

https://www.bapscharities.org/care-packages-canada-2


UPDATE (April 17, 2020):

Webinars to Educate, Support Community

BAPS Charities organizes COVID-19 Webinars to educate and support the community. Webinars were attended by over 2,500 families and over 800 international students from across Canada.

https://www.bapscharities.org/covid19-webinars-to-educate-community/


UPDATE (April 01, 2020):

BAPS Charities distributes 1,300 Care Packages to Families in Need

BAPS Charities in collaboration with Shayona Charities, Canada, donated 1,300 care packages to seniors, international students and needy families during these critical times.

https://www.bapscharities.org/care-packages-canada/


UPDATE (March 28, 2020):

BAPS Charities donates 13,000 ‘N95’ face masks to Hospitals in Canada

BAPS Charities donated 13,000 ‘N95’ face masks to hospitals in Canada; and also appeals to others to support front-line health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.bapscharities.org/n95-mask-donation-canada


UPDATE (March 15, 2020):

COVID-19 Safety Tips 

As concerns around the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grow, it is important that each person play his/her part in slowing down the spread of the disease.

To facilitate this, BAPS Charities has prepared a resource booklet to provide clear and concise knowledge that is easy to understand and is relevant. It addresses many of the common questions that people have.

The booklet includes common questions regarding COVID-19 such as, what are the signs that I should look out for?  Do I need testing and if so, where can I get it?  How do I take care of a child with ADHD during social isolation? What do I do if I am pregnant?   Is there any help available if I am stressed?   Where can I find information for local hospitals and testing centers?  I have diabetes, do I need to take any special precautions?  Etc.

Download the COVID-19 Resource Guide by clicking here. 

View video – Protecting ourselves from COVID-19 video. English: Click here | Gujarati: Click here

Please note that the information in the video and resource guide is for informational purposes only and not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. Please consult healthcare professionals before taking any serious action.​

For the latest updates and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), please see the dedicated Public Health Agency of Canada page here.


For Coronavirus Pandemic Response in other countries click the link below

USA:  https://www.bapscharities.org/covid-19/