Dear IAMA-IL Members and Friends,
In 2020 and till today our physicians are selflessly caring for COVID patients. Last year same time, we had raised funds for our local community affected by COVID, delivered PPE for health care workers, and are continuing to create community awareness about COVID, CDC guidelines, resources for prevention and treatment. IAMA-IL members are continuing to care for COVID patients, have participated in vaccination drives and organized blood drives.
Today, unfortunately we are facing horrific COVID situation in our motherland. Vertical climb of second wave of COVID is ruthlessly hurting India. By mid-May of 2021, couple of million Indian lives may be lost. They are running short of life saving oxygen, hospital beds, medications, and medical services. India has always stood for universalism, believed in “Vasudiava Kutumbhakam” (world as one family). When its own citizens were not fully vaccinated, they gave away millions of doses of vaccine to its neighbors like Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Bangladesh as well as UN blue helmets. Now it is time for us to help India.
We asked for help and you gave. With your help IAMA-IL has given more than $20,000 towards Oxygen concentrators through AAPI, who has shipped 1000 Oxygen concentrators on April 30th. Remaining money will be used by AAPI to procure Ventilators, Oxygen delivery equipment and many more Oxygen concentrators.
Health care workers are overwhelmed, resources are drained out. Yet, Indian physicians are not giving up the fight. We hope and pray that soon their efforts will bear fruit
It is heartening to see aid coming from all over the world. After initial hiccup current US Gov't did send aid to India. However, when Indian COVID peak is yet to come, is that enough? If we don’t act now, if America, rest of the world and we do not raise up to this dire situation, it is not just India but the whole world will come to its knees. As the virus runs wild, mutations increase and variants that could challenge existing vaccines will arise and prolong global pandemic. So, let us continue to support India in every possible way.
IAMA-IL would like to humbly submit its first ever blood drive to heal the world and bring peace. My sincere thanks to all of you for partnering with us.