Dr. Anupama is originally from Bangalore, completed her bachelor graduation in Devaraj Urs Medical College (Karnataka, India). She came to the USA in 2004 and started her journey with Master in Public Health in New Jersey and finished her residency in internal medicine in Prince Georges Hospital Center (Cheverly, MD). Later, she completed her fellowship in Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor, MI) on infectious disease with an additional training on infection control. She lives in Charlotte, NC from last 6 years with her husband and a son.
Dr. Anupama, we everyone from Carolilna Kannada Balaga thank you for the sacrifices you make, every day and especially during this pandemic. Your dedication, commitment and courage deserve our deepest gratitude and admiration. You are a real hero, and we are proud to be part of same community.
Mrs Srilaxmi Gunda started making fabric masks to help assist volunteers and front-line workers during this COVID-19 pandemic period. Though these masks does not give full protection against the corona virus but it does definitely add an additional line of protection and reduces chances being exposed to Corona virus. She started this project in hands with BCH and FOI groups with the intention of "Prevention is better than Cure", and now it is more involved with our Indian community.
Recently started with SEWA interaltional USA, Inc. and Carolina mask making group with Steve Melinda and also supported by her sweet family shrinidhi, Srishti Gunda ( daughters) and husband Deepak Gunda.
Please reach out to Mrs. Srilaxmi if you want to learn, help volunteer or if you want to make any form of donations - it could be your time or the raw materials required for making masks. Feel free to drop a note to below shared email.
We are very fortunate to have such heroes from our community and we thank and salute Mrs. Srilaxmi whole heartily for contributing to the community during this time of pandemic. Keep inspiring us to do better and be better.
In his own words "As an engineer, I was feeling restless seeing the challenges/shortage health care professionals facing during this COVID-19 pandemic, while having conversation with my Son Abhinav and hearing stories about people printing shields using 3D printer we joined our very own Charlotte maker's community Charlotte MEDI in 3D printing PPE for health care professionals serving the COVID-19 patients."
Charlotte MEDI (Medical Emergency Device Innovation) is part of a grassroots movement across the Charlotte area. Teachers and others across the region have joined the effort. The group has delivered more than 100,000 shields as of Wednesday, May 5th, recently the community stopped printing using 3D printers and switched to injection molding and are continuing the work of caring the health care professionals.
Please click here to see more images and details on Vinod's work.
While the Corona virus pandemic has upended life for nearly everyone, healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers have had to face more risks than most. This is really a great thought to stand in support of and protect our front-line workers. You are truly our hero during this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you so so so much for everything you are doing to help the community during the pandemic.
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