The UNICEF said on 1 May 2021 that it sent critical life saving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, to help India amid the ravaging second coronavirus wave. The United Nations child rights agency has supplied more than 500 high-flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR machines. It is supporting the procurement and installation of 25 oxygen plants for hospitals in the Northeast and Maharashtra, and the installation of more than 70 thermal scanners at various ports of entry nationwide.

What

  1. The UNICEF called on all partners who are able to immediately respond to the deadly new wave that is severely overstraining the health system in India, it said, stressing that urgent action was needed.
  2. UNICEF has sent critical lifesaving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of COVID-19.
  3. The UNICEF has also been assisting the government in ensuring functioning of the critical services for the most vulnerable children. The organisation has provided more than 11,000 personal protection kits for functionaries working on India's Childline so that childcare services could continue.
  4. Across all the states, UNICEF is providing guidance and support for the safety and care of children in childcare institutions.
  5. UNICEF is also providing technical support to the government and partners to help 1.23 crore children in 17 states continue learning from home.
  6. The UNICEF and partners also continue to support the Government of India in the acceleration of the national vaccine rollout to equitably reach all population groups.
  7. Through its work on risk communication and communication engagement (RCCE), UNICEF has also consistently worked to counter misinformation and promote COVID-appropriate behaviours.