In April 2021, COVID-19 cases in India began to skyrocket. This outbreak soon spread throughout the region, overwhelming health systems.

COVID-19 Crisis in South Asia: U.S. Response

In South Asia, USAID is working to provide lifesaving support to meet critical healthcare needs during the COVID-19 surge. In early May 2021, the U.S. airlifted lifesaving oxygen, rapid testing kits, personal protective equipment, specialized medication, and more to India to respond to the growing crisis. The United States is also mobilizing support—including personal protective equipment, diagnostic tests, and oxygen supplies and equipment—for Nepal, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to meet urgent health needs. USAID will complement this vital support with ongoing and additional technical assistance for our partner countries.

Since the outset of the pandemic, USAID has worked closely with health care facilities to improve preparedness and infection prevention and control. In addition, we have worked to keep brave frontline health workers safe so they can continue to save lives. The United States will continue to support the people in this region as this crisis evolves. For more information on USAID’s response to COVID-19 in India, visit:

U.S. Global COVID-19 Response

USAID is also actively assisting countries that are affected by COVID-19, working directly with governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and other organizations responding on the ground to combat the outbreak. More information on the U.S. COVID-19 response can be found here:

For additional information on the U.S. Government’s COVID-19 response, please visit:

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

First detected in China in December 2019, COVID-19 has been identified in more than 200 countries. The coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that includes the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. COVID-19 continues to have a global impact. Many countries around the world—including in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas—have experienced a second or third wave of COVID-19 cases.

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How You Can Help

Cash donations to reputable organizations that are responding to COVID-19 are the most effective way to help. Cash donations will enable these organizations to buy critically-needed supplies, including personal protective equipment for front line workers.

Organizations Responding to Coronavirus

* Indicates organizations responding to COVID-19 in India.

Additional Resources

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