agilon health Offers a ‘Shot in the Arm’ to India During Devastating COVID-19 Case Outbreak and Medical Oxygen Supply Shortage
In a philanthropic gesture to help with the COVID-19 crisis in India, agilon health donated $30,000 to two nonprofit associations that help provide medical assistance, vaccines and oxygen to the people of India. Throughout April and May, the country of India experienced an extreme increase in COVID-19 deaths after a second wave of the virus devastated the country. Because of a limited number of vaccines and a shortage in medical oxygen supply, hospitals were overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the death toll — which was upwards of 4,000 a day.
One donation was given to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), which represents a conglomeration of more than 80,000 physicians in the U.S. who provide medical assistance to patients in India. Another contribution went to ACT, a non-profit coalition created by the India ecosystem to fight the Pandemic and drive change. Via the AAPI and the ACT, agilon health’s donations will support oxygen supply issues, medical manpower and hospital beds, and expand efforts to support vaccination scale up.
agilon health Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Veeral Desai, was personally affected by this tragedy. “I just lost my first cousin this past week to COVID in India at the age of 57; we have now lost two of my first cousins this past year to Covid,” Desai said. “The needs are real and staggering. I’m so glad that we were able to help provide help.”