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  • 1.  SCCM Support for Brazil and India

    Posted 05-03-2021 09:41
    As you know, oxygen concentrators are among the most critical items needed to treat people with severe COVID-19, who often arrive at hospitals with extreme hypoxemia. I wanted to give you an update on SCCM's response efforts in this regard. 

    We recently had success in shipping 200 oxygen concentrators to our partner societies in Brazil (AMIB- Associacao de Medicina Intensiva Brasileira and SOMETI- Sociedade Mineira de Terapia Intensiva) who will distribute this much-needed equipment and other medical supplies.



    Healthcare leaders in India have estimated the need for 200,000 oxygen concentrators; however, rising COVID-19 cases have caused many local manufacturing plants to shut down, resulting in severe shortages of oxygen throughout this country as well.

    SCCM and our partner Direct Relief, are working with several local Indian nonprofits and SCCM's significant list of contacts in India to secure and transport approximately 10,000 oxygen concentrators, along with other requested medical supplies. We are coordinating with Swasth (a network of self-sustaining health centers that provide healthcare services to India's urban poor), and with ActGrants who is working to deploy 50,000 oxygen concentrators across India. Importantly ActGrants has licenses to receive charitable funding from international entities outside of India, as it is challenging to even donate funds directly to India's charities. If you want to donate cash directly to Indian charities it is best to go to ActGrants (https://actgrants.in/).

    Amazon has agreed to transport the oxygen concentrators from China and Singapore (without cost) where they are manufactured and then distribute them in-country from its hub in Bangalore. Other logistics contacts are also assisting with the shipments.

    We are not currently accepting volunteers who may wish to travel to India to provide medical care. A call for volunteers must originate at the source and must be made by someone in authority able to issue licenses, provide housing and manage the volunteers on site. We have not received any official request for volunteers.

    As always, you can reach our Emergency Response team at emergency@sccm.org, which is always monitored. 

    David



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    David Martin
    CEO/Executive Vice-President
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
    dmartin@sccm.org
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  • 2.  RE: SCCM Support for Brazil and India

    Posted 05-06-2021 06:42
    Hello David Martin.

    My name is Leandro Carvalho and I am the Scientific Director of SOMITI (Sociedade Mineira de Terapia Intensiva).

    We are looking forward for the arrival of the oxygen concentrators, scheduled for tomorrow.

    This equipment will be a great help for the care of patients who are victims of COVID-19 in our country. We are organizing the distribution, mainly to small communities, but that have an organized home care service. We believe that they will be of great value, especially for the care of patients with Post-COVID Syndrome, in need of dehospitalization using oxygen.

    On behalf of our Society, and our people, we thank SCCM and Direct Relief for their important role in serving the most needy populations, wherever they are.I especially thank the members of the SCCM team, particularly Rossy Hernandez, who is always available to us.

    We hope to be able to carry out more tasks of this nature. I place myself and my team at the disposal of SCCM for whatever is necessary.

    Sincerely,


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    Leandro De Carvalho
    lbcarv@gmail.com
    Sociedade Mineira De Terapia Intensiva (SOMITI)
    Belo Horizonte Brazil
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  • 3.  RE: SCCM Support for Brazil and India

    Posted 05-07-2021 07:27

    Thank you Leandro.  Keep us posted on the status in Brazil.

    Regards,

    David



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    David Martin
    CEO/Executive Vice-President
    Society of Critical Care Medicine
    dmartin@sccm.org
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  • 4.  RE: SCCM Support for Brazil and India

    Posted 05-07-2021 11:22
    Great news 
    Together we make the world a better place. Thank you everyone for your contribution to global outreach 
    --
    CHRIST 'S PROPERTY,
    Kwame A. Boateng
     
    When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Col 3:4