San Diego-Based International Relief Teams Delivers COVID-19 PPE to India –


Shipment to Mumbai
Medical facilities in hard-hit Mumbai, including St.
George Hospital, receive first shipment of protective barrier gowns. Credit International Relief Teams

San Diego-based International Relief Teams Friday delivered its first air shipment of personal protective equipment to India, intended to protect health workers overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country.

This initial shipment, made in collaboration with nonprofit partners MAP International and AirLink, consisted of 60,000 protective barrier gowns and will be distributed to medical facilities in hard-hit Mumbai, including St. George Hospital. Future shipments will also include gloves, masks and isolation suits.

“Health workers in India are on the front lines of this pandemic,” said Barry La Forgia, International Relief Teams’ executive director. “They urgently need PPE to protect themselves as they provide critical medical assistance to their COVID-19 patients.”

India is struggling to deal with an unprecedented COVID-19 surge.

There are more than 24 million confirmed cases in India and 261,969 deaths. Worse still, experts believe this accounts for just 3% of the cases. The World Health Organization reports that India accounts for 40% of global cases.



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