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Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF)

   

For the past 30 years, Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) has appealed to the philanthropic spirit of the Indo American community in Houston to address needs in the areas of Education, Family, General Welfare and Healthcare in the metro Houston area. Our motto is “We live here, We give here”, and our mission is to foster the local community “whose basic needs are met and where everyone can lead enriched lives”. We have been providing scholarships to high potential college bound students with financial needs, supporting local charities engaged in improving the STEM education for students in inner city schools, assisting abused women and children, feeding the homeless and needy,  and providing free medical clinics and vaccinations. Our organization is run fully by dedicated volunteers with all of the funds supporting local area charitable activities.

At Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF), for over three decades, our motto has been “We live here, we give here”. Our members and officers have been instrumental in supporting the Houston area organizations and communities during major disasters to normal situations.

As the threat from the COVID-19 virus is amplified, so too are our efforts. At IACF our board, members, and volunteers want to share the following sources of genuine information from well- respected organizations. As you are aware, we have many prominent Houston based Health Care Professionals in our organization, and these sites are shared at their recommendation. We will continuously update this information as the situation evolves. Please check back often.

 

General Government and World Organizations:

 1. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

2. Worldometers stats page: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

3. WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

4. FDA: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19#new

5. OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

6. Updated CDC therapeutic options: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/therapeutic-options.html

 

Helpful Links to understand the disease process and map of outbreak (global):

1. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus_disease_2019

2. Coronavirus COVID-19 global cases (Johns Hopkins) https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

3. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak timeline map (HealthMap)

4. Novel coronavirus infection map (University of Washington)

5. COVID-19 surveillance dashboard (University of Virginia)

6. Geographical distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide (ECDC)

7. COVID-19 coronavirus tracker (Kaiser Family Foundation)

8. Coronavirus: the new disease Covid-19 explained (South China Morning Post)

9. Mapping the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak (Esri StoryMaps)

 

Other National and Local Resources:

1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus

2. UTHealth on COVID-19 overview-

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that include everything from the common cold to SARS and MERS. First detected in China in December of 2019, COVID-19 has now been confirmed in six continents with community transmission. COVID-19 can be spread from person to person, and it may be possible to contract it by touching a surface that has been exposed to the virus. The incubation period from exposure to illness ranges from two to fourteen days.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, and can include fever, cough, diarrhea and fatigue. Most patients (80%) have a mild illness, with more severe symptoms occurring during the second week of illness. The mortality rate for COVID-19 is estimated at 3.6%, with an increased risk for patients over the age of 60 and those with co-morbidities/pre-existing conditions.

There is currently not a vaccine for the virus, and the best defense is to practice preventative measures:

·       Use soap and water to wash your hands. Hand wash often, for at least 20 seconds each time. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (>60% alcohol content) if soap and water are not available.

·       Know the symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue.

·       Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.

·       Please stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

·       Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then properly dispose of the tissue to prevent the spread of infection.

·       Disinfect and clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.

3. Harris County- http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

4. Texas Department of State Health-https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

5. Sugar Land-http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1905/2019-Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19-Informat

6. Missouri City-https://www.missouricityready.com/

7. Texas Children's Hospital: https://www.texaschildrenscoronavirus.org/

8. Wall Street Journal Editorial: https://www.wsj.com/articles/these-drugs-are-helping-our-coronavirus-patients-11584899438?mod=hp_opin_pos_3

  

2019 Recipients of IACF Scholarships

IACF $200,000 Contribution towards Houston Mayor's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

 

 

 

IACF 501(c) Tax ID: 76-0337936

P.O. BOX 18184, Sugar Land, TX 77496-8184