As U.S. celebrates its COVID Independence Day, nonprofit organizations American Association of Precision Medicine (AAPM), NorthShoreUniversity HealthSystem, UnitedVisions International, and Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation unite to send more aid to help India fight COVID-19
Press Release: San Francisco, CA, July 6, 2021 — The American Association of Precision Medicine (AAPM), along with its partners NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), United Visions International (UVI), and Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (GPCRF), has announced that it is sending new aid to India as the country continues to battle COVID-19.
Nearly $150,000 in essential medical supplies and personal protective equipment has been sent by AAPM and its partners to India. The shipment reached India on the July 4th weekend as the U.S celebrates Independence Day. The initiative has been supported by Baba Kalyani (BharatForge) and actor Anupam Kher (Anupam Kher Foundation) to transport and distribute these supplies to hospitals in India.
“Although India’s COVID-19 cases are on the decline, the country is still struggling with controlling COVID-mediated deaths,” said AAPM CEO and Founder Dr. Prasun Mishra. He is also Chair of the AAPM Coronavirus Taskforce (ACT), the first global COVID-19 taskforce that was formed in January 2020 before U.S. health and government officials were fully aware of the urgency to contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus that to date has resulted in more than 621,163 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. and nearing about 4 million deaths globally.
NorthShore University HealthSystem Supply Chain team members prepare to load pallets carrying essential medical supplies that have arrived in India on the 4th of July weekend, as the U.S. celebrates Independence Day.
Dr. Mishra added, “The pandemic’s second wave in India has devastated the country and has killed over thousands of patients, including frontline workers critical to this fight. And experts have warned that the third wave of Covid-19 is imminent. The coalition has been working throughout this time, along with our partners, to ship to hospitals in India lifesaving equipment such as ventilators, BiPAP, oxygen concentrators, and personal protective equipment (PPEs).”
At the peak of the recent surge in India, more than 350,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported daily, along with about 3,000 to 4,000 deaths each day. This massive surge of the second wave has significantly depleted hospital supplies of equipment, PPE, and oxygen while exhausting healthcare workers. On June 10 India reported the highest number of cases in the world with more than 6,000 deaths daily. The cumulative deaths in India have now reached over 400,000 as of the 4th of July weekend
Over the last three months, AAPM and its partners have collected thousands of PPE face shields, masks, gowns, and sterile gloves that are being distributed to Indian hospitals. “With the recent donation to India on 4th of July, we are not only helping out hospitals in need but also sending messages of hope and encouragement.” As the U.S. President Joe Biden announced that the July 4th celebration was not just of the nation’s independence, but about “independence from the virus” and a return to some semblance of normal life. Dr. Mishra added “May India be COVID-free soon, and similar to the U.S., celebrate its ‘COVID Independence Day’ in the near future.”
“NorthShore will make a great impact in this continued fight against COVID-19 for underserved populations in India through this generous donation,” said NorthShore Interventional Cardiologist Arman Qamar, MD. Dr. Qamar has been working with COVID-19 efforts in India and pursued the idea of NorthShore providing aid as infection rates dropped dramatically in the U.S. “These materials are going to an area of great need, and I’ve been humbled to see NorthShore and other organizations working together to help people in India during this second wave.”
The humanitarian effort was collaboratively led by AAPM and United Visions International, a Sacramento-based non-profit. Dr. Manoj Mittal, a board member of United Visions International and an advisor to AAPM, had worked with Sutter Health earlier to send 150 ventilators and 20 oxygen concentrators to India. Due to the large-scale humanitarian crisis, Dr. Mittal realized the need to scale the efforts by reaching out to several healthcare systems. He asked his friend Dr. Qamar at NorthShore and together they successfully acquired much-needed medical supplies and PPEs. Dr. Mittal said, “Vaccination against COVID-19 has helped the U.S. control the infection rate. Now, we are in the position to help other nations who are suffering from the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis due to a lack of medical supplies, medications, and vaccinations. U.S. healthcare systems have a good supply of medical supplies such as invasive ventilators and non-invasive ventilators, so I believe we can be generous to developing countries that are in short supply and save millions of lives. The need of the hour is for healthcare systems like Sutter and NorthShore to see what they can donate from their stockpiles to help other nations in need.”
Rishi Parikh, Vice Chair Administration, Mount Sinai Department of Urology said, “ It has been a humbling honor to have been a part of the team coordinating these donation efforts. The Mount Sinai Health System leadership and our team at the Department of Urology in coordination with the Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation have rallied together to donate over 450 pallets with over $4 million worth of oxygen concentrators, ventilators, bi pap machines and PPE equipment.” Dr. Ash Tewari, the founder of Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, said, “It’s at times like this that we prove we are truly a global community. We come together to provide the best we can. And every action counts. Our message to India is they are not fighting this alone.”
About American Association of Precision Medicine (AAPM):
AAPM is a non-profit organization catalyzing healthcare transformation by fostering breakthrough innovation in prevention, early detection, treatment, and care. AAPM is on a mission to accelerate the field of precision medicine through research, education, communication, and collaboration to foster new medical breakthroughs. Through its programs and services, AAPM accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to finding the right drugs, for the right patients, at the right dose, through the right route, and at the right time. AAPM promotes science education and training to facilitate
‘precision medical care, based on an individual’s genomic, environmental, and lifestyle differences enabling more precise methods to prevent and treat diseases. AAPM also facilitates a dialogue between the 4-P’s of precision medicine: patients, providers, public health planners (government), and payers to work together to achieve the goal of delivering improved outcomes at reduced costs.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAPM rapidly launched the AAPM Coronavirus Taskforce (ACT) in January 2020. ACT brings together a worldwide network of experts spanning clinical, scientific, technical, and advocacy backgrounds. The taskforce is focused on discovering and disseminating strategies for COVID-19 specific prevention, diagnostics, therapeutics, Artificial Intelligence-driven solutions, funding opportunities, and other patient-centric prevention techniques. More information or to contribute to AAPM’s ongoing Help India Fight COVID-19 initiative can be by visiting https://www.aapm.health/
About NorthShore University HealthSystem:
Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore is a fully integrated healthcare delivery system that includes six hospitals providing clinical excellence and community-focused care across Chicago. For more information, please visit NorthShore.org, SwedishCovenant.org, and NCH.org.
About United Visions International:
United VisionsInternational (UVI) is a registered 501 c3 Sacramento-based non-profit organization. UVI’s goals are to reach out to the underserved population around the world and help them with access to food, housing, education, and healthcare. This is a physician-led organization with a deep understanding of the healthcare needs of underserved communities. Their work for the COVID-19 crisis included raising funds and sending oxygen concentrators to several small community centers, and non-profits in India. They are also actively working with healthcare systems across the country to raise medical supplies for underserved hospitals in India.
About The Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation:
The Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation is a New York-based tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3), with a research focus to find a cure for prostate cancer and the efforts to minimize cancer burden. For more information, please visit Global Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.