- Various tech companies have pitched in to solve India’s ongoing COVID-19 health crisis
- The startup and investor community are also conducting donations to overcome the shortage of oxygen and other essentials
- The list includes Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Zomato and many more
India has been caught in the midst of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s healthcare system has been crumbling under pressure with an unprecedented rise in daily cases. Medical institutions have been hit with a lack of beds, oxygen supply and availability of necessary drugs.
The grim situation has brought various tech organisations together to tackle the ongoing health crisis in India. Xiaomi, Google, Microsoft, Zomato are some of the companies that have pledged to contribute towards COVID-19 relief efforts in India. Read on how each one is helping to make the current scenario better.
Xiaomi India has pledged to donate Rs 3 crore towards procuring 1,000+ oxygen concentrators. They will be given to hospitals and state governments with the highest requirement. The brand is also joining hands with GiveIndia to raise Rs 1 crore to support frontline COVID-19 workers across the country. Xiaomi has also slashed its budget for giveaways and promotions to help raise money.
Search engine giant Google has committed to offer Rs 135 crore to NGO GiveIndia and UNICEF to facilitate medical supplies, help organisations supporting high-risk communities and grants to help spread critical information. GiveIndia will provide cash assistance to families who have been hit by the crisis and tide over their everyday expenses.
E-commerce major Amazon is donating and airlifting 8,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 BiPAP machines from Singapore to help India in its COVID-19 battle. The company will also manage the movement of medical equipment from the local airport to hospitals and institutions.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company will use its voice, resources and technology to aid relief efforts and support the purchase of critical oxygen concentration. The exact details have not been shared yet.
Zomato and Delhivery
Zomato’s non-profit arm Feeding India has tied up with logistics firm Delhivery to source oxygen concentrators and related supplies to help hospitals and families in need. Meanwhile, Delhivery will be flying charter flights at subsidised prices to help importers get access to oxygen concentrators. The company will also provide local movement of oxygen supplies.
Razorpay is supporting and allowing NGOs to set up payment pages on its platform to accept donations. The company is also providing same day instant payment settlements. Razorpay also added that it will activate payment pages for NGOs within 24 hours and no transaction fee will be levied on donations up to Rs 10 lakhs.
Healthcare platform PharmEasy aims to vaccinate over 3 crore people within the next few quarters. The company will leverage its presence across 80,000 retailers and 5,000 distributor network across the country to accelerate the vaccination drive.
Apart from the above list, OnePlus is using its social media presence to amplify appeals of COVID-19 emergencies. Users can tag the brand on Twitter and use the hashtag #COVIDEmergency to get their requests amplified. Kunal Shah helmed CRED is looking to purchase non-utilized cryogenic containers to increase the inventory to move oxygen to hospitals. The company will also fund innovative ideas to solve the problem of oxygen shortage. Additionally, payments platform Paytm revealed that it has raised Rs 2 crore internally to source 10,000 oxygen concentrators