How Azim Premji Foundation & Wipro have responded to COVID-19 pandemic
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In an effort to tackle the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro provided integrated healthcare support which has built capacity and enabled operations to serve over 15 crore people in more than 100 districts in some of the most deeply disadvantaged regions of the country.

They have created public healthcare system capacity including over 10,000 oxygenated beds, 1,000 ICU beds, 100 testing centres with approximately 80,000 per day testing capacity (including automated high throughput systems) and augmented facilities for treatment and prevention.

Additionally, 45 hospitals serving the most vulnerable population have been supported with similar equipment, consumables, manpower and operating expenditure. These hospitals together have over 5000 beds and 500 ICU beds serving over 2 crore people.

Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro has also increased the COVID-19 response commitment to Rs 2,125 crore from the earlier Rs 1,125 crore.

This will enable them to substantially expanding work on vaccination across 10 states, with a commitment to increase this further if the need demands.

Further, they plan to work with the respective government and other partners to augment the right kind of capacity to vaccinate (e.g. centres, mobile camps) and mobilise people to overcome vaccine hesitancy across 85-110 districts in 10 states. These will cater to some of the most underserved regions and vulnerable populations in the country.

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The objective is to support the public system to vaccinate people across the country at the earliest. These efforts would include augmentation of capacity of the public system to vaccinate, demand creation for vaccination through community mobilization and dealing with vaccine hesitancy.

On the humanitarian side, their providing cooked meals, dry ration, and hygiene kits as immediate support. All this has been done in close coordination with government school teachers, government functionaries, local bodies and community-based organizations helping us identify and reach the most vulnerable.

Till date, their humanitarian assistance has reached around 1.3 crore people in 27 states and 3 union territories; the food support translates to around 54 crore meals
to the most vulnerable. This includes the last two months, when we have reached around 43 lakh people with cooked meals or dry ration support, delivering over 21 crore meals.

Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro have reached over 83.5 lakh people across 13 states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal – in more than 300 blocks.

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