BMC Covid Relief Fund - Oxygen for India

Our Goal : $1000,000 
Your impact
: Every USD $600 - $700  helps provide an oxygen concentrator. And $120 - $150 each per Regulator
Scroll down for information on how to pay and tax  benefits

Dear friends and well wishers, 
We, a group of over 150 physicians and healthcare practitioners (Alumni of BMC class of 1992) from across the globe are in the process of organizing procurement and delivery of the following critical supplies to India which is in  the midst of a devastating COVID 19 pandemic. Due to high infection rates and increasing numbers of patients with acute respiratory failure, there is a severe shortage of oxygen therapy equipment listed below.  

Supplies: Oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinder regulators, nasal cannula, face masks, pulse oximeters.
Target for April spike: 750-800 concentrators and humidifier bottles, 500 oxygen cylinder regulators, 1000 nasal cannula and face masks at a cost of over $500K+

Our Mission

Despite concerted effort by government and NGOs to procure supplies, there is an underlying inequity in patient access to covid relief resources for people in regions across India. As the 3rd leading state ( in covid infection rates and death count, Karnataka - bangalore in specific with a population of over 12 Million+  - continues to fall behind in access to oxygen therapy supplies.. We prioritize allocation of funds for healthcare centers in marginalized areas. Our  mission is to eliminate health disparities amongst patients and ensure equitable access to oxygen during Covid. Be it in a hospital, home or a parking lot. 

Local charities and NGOs help distribute equipment to hospitals,clinics in Karnataka, India. We also ensure outreach to Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs) in rural Karnataka - often the only resource for professional medical care in their vicinity.Our goal is to reach outlying regions that have limited access to O2 therapy amid burgeoning infection rates.

List of Organizations we are working with

Project Smile Trust - Receipt of Donations
Address:  No 75/2, South End Circle, RV road ,Jayanagar, 2nd Block, east, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011. 
Contact Persons receiving on behalf of Project Smile Trust: Mohammed Ummer /Yashaswini/ Vasu.

Mercy Mission - The charity that helps distribute donated supplies
27/1, Vedantha Mandir Rd, 2nd Block, Jaya Nagar East, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011, India
     CARE Inc is an NGO led by the larger BMC alumni community
that is currently working on various larger initiatives with Victoria, Lady Curzon and Bowring Hospitals in Bangalore.  Procurement is need based and directed to patients in Karnataka Urban and rural areas. Government (public) hospitals in bangalore are critical to managing the underserved population relying on public health infrastructure.

Larger areas of impact through CARE:
Oxygen concentrators
Oxygen Cylinders (varying capacities) 
Other PPE

US India Chamber of Commerce DFW , a Dallas-Fort Worth based 501(c)(6) organization that helps us with compliance and delivery

Please consider giving to this initiative to bring oxygen back to India. We understand that you may have already donated to ongoing initiatives for this cause and are deeply grateful for such and ongoing contributions. Compassion knows no borders! So please share this message with your friends and family in order to reach more donors. Revisit this page for more details on progress in upcoming weeks and for details on organizations we are working with.

How to Pay

1) By request from many donors who want to send $$ from existing mobile pay apps
Venmo - @Sujatha_Pentakota
Zelle  - to organizers with accounts at Bank Of America
                   "Sujatha Pentakota" with the following email  "drsujathaparv at gmail dot com"
        OR   "Aruna Prabhakaran" with the following email "aruna dot prabhakaran at gmail com" 

2) And of course you can always donate on this campaign page via GoFundMe.  A Debit Card is not  subject to the transaction fee for the donor.
Tax receipts:
A donation of $500 or more would allow donors to qualify for the tax benefit.  

Please mention the campaign you are donating for - "BMC 1992 Covid Bangalore"

Thank you!

BMC Alumni, Class of 1992 

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Fundraising team: BMC for Karnataka (16)

Sujatha Pentakota
Raised $131,348 from 116 donations
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