Bengaluru/ Kolkata: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, on March 30 announced that it is committing INR 100 crore to support efforts towards fighting COVID-19 in India. The Foundation contributed half of this commitment (INR 50 crore) to the PM CARES Fund.
This sum will primarily be utilized across three broad areas of support that the Foundation has prioritized:
To expand hospital capacity for treatment and enable hospital stays for COVID-19 patients across India, especially ones belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society
To provide ventilators, testing kits, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, and other protective gear for frontline healthcare workers
To ensure better access to food and nutrition for the underprivileged section of the society, that is bearing the adverse economic impact of the current situation.
Over the last two weeks, Infosys Foundation has announced support for creation of an exclusive hospital in Bangalore for COVID-19 patients. It has also enabled the acquisition of medical and PPE equipment for multiple military and government hospitals across the country. The Foundation is also supporting various NGOs that provide food and hygiene kits to thousands of people in need.
“These are unprecedented times that require every section of the society to rise up to the challenge.
Infosys Foundation has always supported the needs of the country in difficult situations and we will continue to work with governments, non-profits, and healthcare institutions in their fight against this global pandemic. All our efforts will be targeted towards ensuring that the relief material reaches the people who need it the most, whether it is a patient who cannot afford treatment, our healthcare personnel, or daily-wage workers whose livelihood has been severely impacted,” said Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.
Salil Parekh, CEO and MD, Infosys, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the toughest challenges that the world has been faced with. At such a time, it is imperative for businesses to join hands with the governments, civil society, as well as healthcare institutions to support the communities we live and serve in. Infosys Foundations, both in India and in the USA, are extending their resources and technological capabilities to help people who are most impacted by this pandemic.”
It can be noted he added that Infosys Foundation is already working with multiple state governments and NGOs to expand its reach across the country. If any state government, healthcare provider, or an NGO would like additional support in their relief efforts, can write at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific requests.