"It’s our duty to help our brothers and sisters"
Amir Khan has offered his support to India’s Covid-19 crisis by launching an emergency appeal.
India’s second wave continues to worsen, with hundreds of thousands of people testing positive each day.
With overwhelmed hospitals turning patients away, many are forced to get oxygen in roadside tents.
Medical provisions such as oxygen are in short supply, with many turning to the black market in order to help sick relatives.
As India’s healthcare system continues to struggle and cases skyrocketing, the boxer has offered to help through his Amir Khan Foundation.
The foundation, along with NGO Dasra and One Family Global, has identified five organisations across India to help offer crucial support.
They are Swasti, SaveLIFE Foundation, Aajeevika Bureau, Swasth Foundation and Goonj.
The charities will be working together to provide support and healthcare, securing oxygen concentrators for hospitals and delivering food to vulnerable communities.
Speaking about their efforts, Amir said:
“I’m so pleased to be working in partnership with Dasra, One Family Global and our partner organisations on the ground to provide urgent support in India.
“The situation is critical – one person is dying every four minutes in New Delhi.
“It’s our duty to help our brothers and sisters in India in any way we can.”
Vishal Kapoor, from Dasra’s Strategic Philanthropy team, said:
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Amir Khan Foundation and are incredibly grateful to Amir and the foundation for their support.
“We’re also incredibly fortunate to have such amazing NGO partners stepping up and providing urgent relief to our most vulnerable communities at what is an incredibly difficult time for the whole country.”
Sharif Banna, chairman of One Family Global, added:
“The brutal effects of the pandemic that can be seen in India demand our urgent action.”
“I am pleased to extend our support to the Amir Khan Foundation and Dasra in providing relief for those who need it most.”
In India, more than 200,000 people are now confirmed to have died from Covid-19.
In Delhi, a makeshift crematorium has been set up as emergency services struggle to cope with the crisis.
Supplies arriving in the capital included ventilators and oxygen concentrators from the UK, with more sent from Australia, Germany and Ireland, while Singapore and Russia pledged oxygen cylinders and medical supplies.
Other celebrities who have given their help include Priyanka Chopra and Salman Khan.