India and Covid-19
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is creating the worst humanitarian and economic crisis in a generation, threatening the lives, livelihoods, and learning of people around the world. Early May 2021, India reached new daily world records for the number of new infections. There was a specific need for oxygen generators, industrial and individual oxygen concentrators (to extract oxygen from the air), cryogenic tanks (for the storage and transportation of liquid oxygen), ventilators, and logistics support to get oxygen from national plants to hospitals.
Companies worked with NGOs and the Indian Government to contribute to the efforts to increase the supply of oxygen and other related equipment. This live mapping tool lists examples of actions taken by companies to identify and scale up solutions, through their core business capabilities and operations, philanthropy and social investments, and will also capture business engagement in policy dialogue and actions to help strengthen institutions as we move beyond the initial response phase. If you want to share another good practice example, or want to update one already included, you can do so here.
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Accenture is donating USD 25M (~INR 185 crore) for pandemic relief efforts across India. The company is providing COVID-19 support kits and PPE kits to frontline healthcare workers and providing food and COVID-19 at-home care kits to unemployed and poor people.
ACT is a social change movement for the startup ecosystem in India. Donors and partners are joining efforts to tackle shortage of oxygen supply. Their goal is to support deployment of 50,000+ oxygen concentrators across India. They will also help solve medical manpower and hospital beds, and expand efforts to support vaccination scale up.
ACT Grants was founded last year amid the first wave of the Covid-19 virus outbreak when 34 founders along with 44 investment funds including Accel, Sequoia Capital, Matrix Partners, Kalaari Capital, LetsVenture, among many others, banded together to leverage innovative thinking and collaborative action to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic by creating a Rs 500-crore philanthropic fund.
Adani Group has joined forces with India Inc to secure and augment medical oxygen supplies. The company has arranged four ISO cryogenic tanks with 80 tonnes of liquid oxygen from Saudi Arabia and is proucirng 5,000 medical-grade oxygen cylinders from Linde Saudi Arabia.
Amazon India will cover the Covid-19 vaccine cost for more than a million people. This includes its India employees, associates and sellers with active listings since last year.
Amazon has joined hands with ACT Grants, Temasek Foundation, Pune Platform for COVID-19 Response (PPCR) and other partners to urgently airlift over 8000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore. All the organizations are working closely with the Indian Government to expedite the entry of these oxygen concentrators and BiPAP machines into the country. The medical equipment will be donated to hospitals and public institutions to augment their capacity to help COVID-19 infected patients across multiple cities.
Amazon is also working to airlift, import and donate 100 ICU (intensive care unit) ventilator units from the US to ramp up India’s supplies for fighting the second wave of Covid-19. Amazon India has procured 100 ventilators through its global resources to immediately import into India.
Additionally, Amazon India is procuring over 1,500 oxygen concentrators and other critical medical equipment. This will be donated to hospitals and medical facilities in partnership with multiple non-profits.
Apple is making financial donations and offering aid relief support to contribute to India's efforts in its fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India), in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat, has set up a 250-bed COVID-19 care hospital at Hazira, which will receive an uninterrupted supply of oxygen gas from the company's plant in the state. The company is expanding the hospital capacity to 1000 beds.
AT&T is providing a $100,000 contribution to Project Hope, an organization focused on coordinating with local partners and government officials to help India’s health care workers respond to the crisis. Additionally, the companys is fundraising for six nonprofits contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts in India and is providing a 1:1 match for all employee contributions.
Barclays is donating 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) worth of medical supplies for India to increase support to their own staff and wider communities.