ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TheSalvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) is sending $1.1 million to help combat the deadly surge of COVID-19 in India. The funds will go toward services already being provided on the ground in India by The Salvation Army, which will continue long after the initial needs are met.
The Salvation Army's presence in over 132 countries gives us the ability to quickly help those in need on the other side of the world, said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, national commander forTheSalvation Army. We simply could not look on without action while the people of India suffer through a heartbreaking surge of pandemic poverty and loss of lives.
The Salvation Army will immediately put the $1.1 million to use in the provision of services including:
- Improved oxygen supplies
- More personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Additional nurses and other personnel to relieve current staff
- Solar refrigerators to store vaccines and other medications when the electrical supply is unreliable
As of May 4, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports a total of 20,282,833 COVID-19 cases in India and an increase of 357,229 cases in the most recent 24-hour period. To date, there has been a total of 222,408 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 in India, according to the WHO.
At present, what we can do is bring hope as a reality to the people who are losing hope, said ColonelLalhmingliana, India national executive officer.