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The lockdown in India is reaching its two-month duration. There is no let-up to the devastating effects the coronavirus has had on the country. Positive cases in the country have crossed over a lakh as of today, May 19, 2020. People from across the spectrum – medical, police personnel, and the common man, have all been infected. Shutting down of businesses across all sectors, job losses, salary cuts, the great exodus of migrants across the nation – something that has never been witnessed before in the history of mankind, loss of precious lives as they desperately try to make their way home. May we never take life for granted in any way at all. May we continue to reinforce our commitment to serving communities badly hit by the pandemic. May we rise to the challenge and make a difference. 

Wipro GE Healthcare

Wipro GE Healthcare (WGE) through its CSR efforts has undertaken multiple initiatives in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Along with its CSR partners – People to People Health Foundation (PPHF), Collective Good Foundation and United Way, the company has extended support in setting up dedicated Covid-19 isolation centres, ‘Smart Kiosks’ for population-based screening of Covid-19, PPE kits for healthcare workers and hygiene kits for the weaker sections of the society.

“The manner in which the government, healthcare sector, companies and society has come together to solve the challenges arising out of Covid-19 is truly outstanding,” said Nalinikanth Gollagunta, Managing Director, Wipro GE Healthcare. “Our CSR is focused around efforts that positively improve the lives of people and communities we serve. We are thankful to the State Governments and our NGO partners for these collaborative efforts and hope this helps them address the unprecedented demand arising out of this pandemic to meet patient needs and save lives.”

Partnership with Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi

Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi has established a dedicated COVID 19 Hospital (Block 1 and Block 2), a  5-floor Isolation Centre to support the increasing demand of COVID-19 patients. This isolation centre is supported through the CSR efforts of Wipro GE Healthcare (WGE) and its NGO partner People to People Health Foundation (PPHF). The facility houses 90 isolation beds and a dedicated ICU comprising of 30 motorised beds. In order to ensure the safety of doctors and frontline healthcare workers at RML, WGE and PPHF have also provided 500 PPE kits for doctors and 500 N95 masks for frontline healthcare workers.

Partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka

The Government of Karnataka has transformed its administrative office at Kandhya Bhawan, Ramanagara District into a dedicated COVID-19 referral hospital. Wipro GE Healthcare and PPHF have partnered with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka to support this Isolation Centre with 50 Isolation beds and an ICU comprising of 9 motorised beds. WGE and PPHF have also provided 500 PPEs and N95 masks to ensure the safety of doctors and frontline healthcare workers in Bengaluru.

“India is courageously working in managing the Corona impact. We are committed to taking forward the vision of our government of a Corona free nation. We appreciate the timely support from Wipro GE Healthcare and People to People Health Foundation (PPHF) for supporting the dedicated COVID-19 referral hospital and donating essential protective supplies for emergency responders. Let us come out together stronger than ever as a nation,” said Shri B. Sreeramulu, Honourable Health and Family Welfare Minister, Government of Karnataka.

Partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Goa

The Government of Goa in collaboration with Wipro GE Healthcare has implemented ‘Smart Kiosks’ for random population-based screening of Covid-19. This initiative will help address the increasing need for more community testing through a swift, robust and seamless sample collection process. Wipro GE Healthcare, through its CSR efforts, has designed and installed 12 ‘Smart Kiosks’ across the state. The Kiosk has been placed and started operations at the following locations: Verna Industrial Estate, Mapusa Industrial Estate, Dambolim airport, Mormugao Port Trust and at the border locations in Dodamarg, Keri, and Patradevi. The ‘Smart Kiosk’ was developed by design engineers at e-Cube, a one-of-its-kind design studio at Wipro GE’s innovation centre in Bengaluru.

“We are introducing state-of-art ‘Smart Kiosks’ to ensure the safety of both healthcare staff and citizens of Goa when sample collection is taking place. These Kiosks will go a long way in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Goa,” says Shri Vishwajit Rane, Honourable Health Minister of Goa. “Effective partnership between Govt. and Industry is critical when dealing with challenges like the one we face today. I am thankful to Wipro GE Healthcare, who through their CSR efforts have come forward to support this initiative by designing an innovative kiosk and having it implemented across 12 locations in Goa.”

About the Smart Walk-in Sample Collection Kiosk

The ‘Smart Kiosk’ consists of two enclosures, one for citizens and one for healthcare staff which are separated by a see-through, airtight partition. Both enclosures have separate entries, lighting and ventilation arrangements, and have a mic and speaker for communication between the healthcare worker and the citizen. The partition wall houses a pair of replaceable gloves and a sanitising gel dispenser to enable safe sample collection.  An attendant (wearing a PPE) will first collect basic information about people coming for tests:  vitals (weight, age, any existing health condition), persons travel history, if they have come in contact with any known Covid-19 patients, and check their temperature using an IR temperature gun. This information is stored in an app that is being used by the Government of Goa. Post that citizens will be provided with a kit (swab) to collect samples for testing. They then move to the sample collection enclosure where the Healthcare worker (who is on the other enclosure) collects the sample, hands back the swab to the person who puts it in a vial, drops it in an icebox and walks away. The Kiosk is disinfected after every sample collection.

Distribution of hygiene kits in Bengaluru for weaker sections of the society

Wipro GE Healthcare partnered with United Way, an NGO to support deserving people linked to three Public Health Centers (PHCs) at Kadugodi, KR Puram and Avallahalli in Bengaluru with 3000 hygiene kits (comprising of a sanitiser, soaps, towels and face masks), 9000 face masks and 150 sanitiser units that are laced in the three PHCs.

Aide et Action

Amidst the continuing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Aide et Action is supporting migrant workers by converting 19 iLEAD skills development centres in India into ‘Information and Resource Centres’ at Gurugram, Pataudi, Sohna, Bilaspur, Jaipur, Udaipur among others.  The concerned person in each centre will facilitate access to resources and services for the benefit of migrant workers. Besides facilitating their mobility, these centres will also arrange the provision of food for those in need.  All that workers need to do is to dial in the helpline number of a nodal centre in the vicinity to reach out for support.

“Sharing information and available resources for migrant workers at this time is very important and the conversion of iLEAD centres into iLEAD information and resource centres for migrant workers have helped us to support more than 3000 migrants till date to reach their source area from destination and still counting”, said Dr Aishwarya Mahajan, Director- Livelihood Education, South Asia, Aide et Action International.

The iLEAD information centres will be technically supported by Migration Information Resource Centre (MiRC), the thematic unit of Aide et Action specialised in migration issues. Recently the iLEAD teams were capacitated by MiRC team on inter and intra-state migrant issues, which can help in the safe return of stranded migrant workers to their native places.

Aide et Action has also provided relief to over 95,000 people and distributed 1,25,000 protective masks stitched under iLEAD, its flagship skill development programme spread across 45 locations in India & Sri Lanka. 

Icertis 

Icertis, the leading provider of enterprise contract management in the cloud, today announced a contribution of INR 15 Lakhs to Haffkine Institute to support their efforts in testing an anti-tuberculosis vaccine as a treatment for COVID-19. This donation will cover insurance costs to patients, indemnity to nurses, doctors and investigators, drug supplies, and consumables for patient sample testing in the clinical trials of the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine as a means to neutralise the effects of COVID-19.

At this time, when there are no vaccines to stop the pandemic spread nor established curative treatment methods, the need to develop effective treatments has become critical. Heeding to the efforts of the Indian government to curtail further growth of the pandemic, Haffkine Institute is working on the development of new treatment modalities for COVID-19. The Institute is working with the state government, various government-run hospitals and Pune’s BJ Medical College to test potential cures for COVID-19. The trial that Icertis is funding will assess whether BCG can help bolster the immune system of patients.

“The Haffkine Institute has been a centre for scientific and industrial research since its inception in 1896,” said Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, Secretary, Medical Education & Drugs Department, Government of Maharashtra. “We are grateful to Icertis for the generous contribution towards the Institute’s efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19. We are constantly working on ways to develop new treatments for COVID-19 and this contribution will help our teams immensely as we unite to win this battle against the virus.”

“As the world comes to terms with the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to come together to find a cure,” said Monish Darda, CTO & Co-founder Icertis. “Helping to take care of our community is part of the Four Rings of Responsibility that every Icertian wears proudly. And with the Haffkine Institute, there is a personal connection to me and Pune as well. I remember the stories my grandfather used to tell me about life during the plague that hit Mumbai and Pune and the development of the plague vaccine. We are thankful to Haffkine Institute for working tirelessly to develop a COVID-19 vaccine and are proud to play a small part in the global fight to beat COVID-19.”

Icertis’ gift was made possible by voluntary reductions in pay to CEO and Co-founder Samir Bodas, CTO and Co-founder Monish Darda and continues Icertis’ efforts to address the needs of the community. Last month, Icertis donated INR 25 lakh to ensure the safety of brave doctors, nurses, and hospital staff of Naidu Hospital, Pune, with personal protection equipment, including N95 masks, gowns, and gloves, hand sanitiser dispensers, and viral transport media (VTM) kits, which protect test samples in transit to the lab. Since the start of this pandemic, Icertis has contributed more than US$200,000 to the organisations worldwide, including the University of Washington, the German Red Cross and the Seattle Alliance for Education in its effort to contribute to the communities in which it operates.

Qualcomm India

Qualcomm India Private Limited (Qualcomm India) announced a financial aid of $1.5 million in India to help tackle the spread of COVID-19. The contributions will be made towards PM-CARES Fund and multiple relief and public healthcare infrastructure initiatives.

The public healthcare infrastructure efforts include enabling broader availability of COVID-19 test kits, preventive health screening, helping front-line police forces and healthcare workers with sanitisation and personal protective equipment as well as relief work supporting feeding the needy and at-risk in various regions across India.

“We are living in unprecedented times and the need of the hour is for all of us to come together and stand as a united force in fighting this pandemic. We have immense appreciation and gratitude towards all the frontline and essential services workers, across segments, who have been consistently risking their lives over the last few weeks and continue to ensure Indians are safe and provided for during this crisis. Our contribution is a small gesture of support at this time of crisis. As a community, we will need to continue to work together to create solutions that address future challenges with insight and compassion.” said Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India & SAARC.

In addition, Qualcomm India employees, in their individual capacity have been active contributors towards various community outreach and relief efforts, including personal contributions.

“We are very proud of our many employees who are devoting both time and resources to give back to their communities, as well as contributing towards technology-driven solutions. In all this, we continue to support and encourage our teams in their initiatives,” added Rajen.

Qualcomm India has also committed to match employees’ personal donations towards COVID-19 relief funds, with a matching contribution to the PM-CARES Fund through its Charitable Match Program. 

Sany

(L to R): Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra and Deepak Garg, MD, Sany South Asia & India

Supporting the Government of Maharashtra in its fight against the COVID, Sany, a leading manufacturer of construction, mining & material handling equipment, heavy machinery and renewable energy solutions donated one lakh N95 masks and five lakh 3-Ply masks to t Government of Maharashtra through MIDC. Deepak Garg, Managing Director, Sany South Asia & Sany India handed over the masks to Rajesh Tope, Minister for Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra. Sany has been at the forefront in helping people during the lockdown by donating masks and PPE kits to various hospitals and people who have been working at the construction sites. Sany also provided food ration to the needy families who were affected due to the lockdown.

Deepak Garg said, “We firmly believe that the fight against COVID should be a combined effort of the government, corporate houses/industries, healthcare professionals and the citizens in general. Within the company, we are adhering to all possible measures to ensure the safety of all our employees and stakeholders.” Speaking about this initiative, he further added, “As a socially conscious company, we have taken this small but significant step in providing the N95 masks with an intention of keeping our corona warriors i.e. our doctors, nurses, paramedic staff, district administrators and police personnel safe from this deadly virus. I also need to applaud the commendable efforts taken by the health ministry in combating COVID. I sincerely hope that we become a corona free country soon.”

Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister of State for Public Health & Family Welfare, Government of Maharashtra thanked Sany for the donation of masks and advised Sany to keep doing such activities for the betterment of people of India.

Dr P. Anbalagan, (IAS), CEO of MIDC said, “It’s really commendable to see that companies like Sany stand united with us in our fight against this invisible enemy.  By providing the N95 and 3 Ply Masks, they have helped the real-life warriors who are in the frontline and vulnerable to this deadly virus. As far as protective measures are concerned, it is critical to maintaining the constant supply of masks and PPE kits to ensure the safety of our frontline workers. Having said that, I urge more companies to come forward and lend their support in whatsoever way possible.”

Subhedar, Joint CEO of MIDC, said, “With the entire country living under the threat of this fast-spreading virus, the need of the hour is to follow preventive measures like wearing a mask. This becomes mandatory for our corona warriors who are more vulnerable in contracting COVID-19. Sany’s gesture of providing masks will go a long way in keeping our corona warriors safe and healthy.”

Sany has adopted a number of initiatives, both online and offline to promote a healthy and safe atmosphere for their employees. Offline measures like work from home and onsite measures like thermal screening and proper sanitisation are being practised to ensure safety. Online measures include “SANYtisation”, which is a digital initiative to promote awareness amongst the whole community through social media channels.

Bosch India

Bosch India has launched CareZeus, a one-stop platform that helps the user to access information on availability and accessibility of healthcare facilities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform accumulates critical information ranging from availability of ICU beds, types of medical facilities in a hospital, testing/diagnostic centres, quarantine centres etc. A consolidated view of these critical parameters can help the government and healthcare workers to allocate resources efficiently as well as understand real-time utilisation of beds and facilities for better planning.

Commenting on the initiative, Soumitra Bhattacharya, President, Bosch Group in India and Managing Director, Bosch Limited, said, “Bosch stands firm with the nation in its fight against the pandemic. As a company focused on the welfare of the community, we pledge to extend our constant support to the government and the society at large, and the introduction of the CareZeus platform is a positive step towards it.”

The CareZeus platform offers multiple modules which include an Admin Portal, enabling health authorities to have a consolidated overview of all health facilities; a Sub Admin Portal to feed real-time data, and an API service that helps websites and mobile applications to consume validated data to reach various categories of users and government departments. To ensure authenticity and accuracy of the information available on the platform, only inputs from credible sources such as district/health authorities will be considered.

The collected data can help guide the government and healthcare workers at the state level to strategise their decisions and fight the pandemic efficiently. This can also inform the general public on the availability of the required medical facilities. As an organisation committed to working for the betterment of the society, Bosch India has made the CareZeus platform available for usage at absolutely no cost.

“With the launch of the CareZeus platform, Bosch combines its thought leadership and technological strength in the digital space, at a time when needed the most,” said Sandeep Nelamangala, Executive Vice President, Sales (Mobility Solutions), Bosch Limited. 

Bosch India stepped in earlier to help the government and citizens combat COVID-19 pandemic. The company had immediately donated INR 5 Crore to PM-CARES FUND and pledged INR 45 Crores for various community welfare initiatives. 

Lowe’s India

Lowe’s India has announced new initiatives to support communities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Reinforcing its commitment to the community, Lowe’s India, with the support of its employees, contributed to the PM-CARES Fund. Further, Lowe’s India is collaborating with the NGO Samarthanam to distribute rapid relief and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to families of migrant workers, people with disabilities, the elderly and healthcare professionals Through this programme, over 2,300 relief kits and 350 PPE kits will be distributed across the city.

Speaking about the initiative, Ankur Mittal, VP – Technology and Managing Director (India) said, “At Lowe’s, our focus has always been driven by a single purpose, to ‘build a sustainable foundation for growth in the communities we serve.’ Our commitment goes beyond charitable giving; our associates also volunteer their time and talents to help with various CSR projects and programs. In this trying time, it is our duty to support the communities that are deeply affected by the pandemic in any way we can.”

Each household receiving relief or PPE kit is educated on the importance of social distancing and the importance of sanitising and maintaining hygienic conditions. A typical relief kit contains food grains, tea/coffee, sugar, spices, an assortment of long shelf life vegetables, masks, sanitisers, washing and bathing soap and toiletry kits. The PPE Kit for healthcare professionals contains N95 masks, PP Universal kit, Tamiflu 75mg tablet, 3-Ply face masks and nitrile gloves.

Today’s announcement builds on the company’s ongoing commitment to its CSR focus areas which include building safe and affordable housing infrastructure and skilled trade education.

Schaeffler India

Schaeffler India, leading industrial and automotive supplier shared the details of the company’s contribution towards fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Schaeffler India took two major initiatives in joining the support – procurement of emergency health equipment for a government-run hospital in Pune and voluntary donation of a part of salaries by employees, with the company matching an equivalent amount.

Procurement of emergency medical equipment worth INR 6 million

Schaeffler procured and donated emergency medical equipment and essentials for a government-run hospital (Aundh hospital) in Pune city. The Aundh Hospital that specialises in treating diseases related to the respiratory system has been identified as a dedicated COVID-19 hospital by the ministry. It is a 300-bed facility, with the allocation of 50-beds to their isolation ward to treat COVID-19 patients and 10 beds to the ICU facility. The equipment and essentials provided by Schaeffler India have significantly improved its capacity to fight against COVID-19 pandemic and treatment of patients.

Donation to PM-CARES Fund

In addition, employees voluntarily donated a part of their April salaries, while the company matched the amount to contribute to PM CARES fund set up by the government. The total amount contributed by employees and the company was INR 12.70 million.

Santanu Ghoshal, VP – HR and CSR, Schaeffler India said, “These are difficult times and its heart wrenching to think of the daily wage earners and their plight. We were determined to contribute to the PM Care Fund as an organisation. I am happy to see that each and every employee of Schaeffler India has come forward to contribute to the fund and together as an organisation we have been able to support the government initiative.”

He also added that “We feel fortunate to be able to help Aundh Hospital and would like to thank Silla Ruganalay Aundh for giving us the opportunity to support and serve the city. Aundh hospital is doing a commendable job at treating the less privileged patients without any cost. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers on behalf of Schaeffler. They are the front-line fighters and this is the least we can do to support the system.” 

Daawat

In support of continuous relief efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Daawat Sehat, a fortified range of Daawat Basmati Rice and a product of LT Foods Limited, a global food company has partnered with, Feed My City, an initiative which is providing meals to distressed families of daily wagers, migrant workers homeless and needy. The initiative has been rolled out in Bangalore from March 28, and then phase-wise across Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Noida. As part of the programme, nutritious meals are being provided across designated locations in these cities to underprivileged members of the society. Feed My City has been serving nutritious meals to one lakh plus people daily.

Commenting on the noble initiative, Ashwani Arora, Managing Director and CEO, LT Foods said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on humanity and brought millions of people under severe financial stress. In these difficult times, it is important that organisations and people come together to mitigate the crisis. Daawat as a brand has been built on values of nurturing communities and improving the quality of life all around. Our current initiative along with Feed My City is our small contribution in ensuring that having access to basic necessities such as food should not be the primary concern for those that are already distressed and displaced because of this pandemic.”

To give scale and to foster the spirit of community engagement around the initiative Daawat has also initiated a campaign to encourage its consumers to participate in their efforts of feeding the hungry. To participate, consumers need to reshare the post from Daawat’s social media platform and for each share of the post by the consumer, Daawat Sehat will provide an additional meal, via Feed My City.

Nitin Goel, on behalf of Feed My City campaign in Mumbai said, “The capacity of the social sector has been severely challenged due to the sheer magnitude of the problem people are facing due to the lockdown. About 30 of us professionals are working for the cause with clear intent and corporate expertise to guide us. We reached out to our circle of corporate and individual well-wishers to support this endeavour and it is thanks to their generosity that we have served more than 3.5 million meals since lockdown. While we are exceedingly grateful to Daawat for all the support, we urge everyone to come forward and share these posts so that more and more needy families can receive meals and survive the lockdown. One click on the screen for us could be a matter of survival for someone else.”

Amway India

The global pandemic, COVID-19 has virtually affected every individual on the face of this earth. We believe that the need of the hour is to collaborate, protect, empower and provide essentials to the affected communities and frontline workers.

Our Founders’ fundamentals reflect in the ways entire Amway family has come together to collaborate and contribute in these unprecedented times. Hope and family values are strongly built in our culture, and we are proud to share that Amway India’s employees have also come forward to do their bit by pledging to voluntarily donate their one day salary to support the cause. With this encouraging response, Amway India has committed to not just match, but donate five times the amount received from its employees towards this cause. The donations aim to provide:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, shoe covers, head covers, masks, respirators, and eye protection gear to frontline workers through our partner NGO

Support to the vulnerable sections of the society with essentials including Amway hygiene products, food and other rations

As a part of this endeavour and in line with our guiding principles, Amway India has pledged a contribution of INR 1.61 Crore to support the fight against coronavirus. The fund entails:

  • Contribution towards PM-CARES FUND: INR 1 Crore for combating, containment and relief efforts against the coronavirus outbreak
  • Contribution towards Tamil Nadu CM’s Public Relief Fund: INR 25 lakh to provide relief measures in Tamil Nadu by way of setting up quarantine centres, free treatment to those infected with coronavirus, support to workers from several unorganised sectors and many more.
  • Support the Government’s on-ground health and sanitation services:  INR 36 lakh to drive a wide range of initiatives such as:
  • Partner with United Way Delhi (UWD): INR 21 lakh set aside for a project with UWD with the aim  to distribute hygiene kits comprising masks, gloves, sanitisers, hand wash etc. to public health service providers benefitting 15,000 people in Gurgaon and Mumbai
  • Provide 1200 N95 masks to surgeons: Support ‘The Association of Surgeons of India’ (ASI), Delhi Chapter for the Covid-19 relief program. Under the program, Amway will be providing 1200 N95 masks to support the medical doctors and other healthcare providers. These will be used for the government hospitals in Delhi such as Maulana Asad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital which have been declared as COVID hospitals by the Government.
  • Support Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Center (MMHRC), Madurai, Tamil Nadu: INR 5 lakh towards the distribution of disposable masks and gloves to the public service providers in Madurai and Dindigul District in Tamil Nadu. This initiative in association with MMHRC is expected to benefit more than 10,000 people across Madurai and Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu
  • Conduct a Disinfection and Sanitation Drive in association with select NGO partners across 12 cities benefitting more than 3,000 children and adults.  INR 5 lakhs allocated for this initiative and Amway to partner with professional agencies across the country to execute the program.

o    The drive aims to clean, disinfect, and sanitise NGO premises, ensuring better health and hygiene of Amway’s project beneficiaries, especially underprivileged children.

o    Furthermore, the initiative will include the disinfection of three of our telemedicine centres, select schools, and community centres in select villages located in Dindigul District. The disinfection drive will benefit 15 villages in and around Amway’s manufacturing facility in Nilakottai, Tamil Nadu. 

We are so proud of 5,50,000 direct sellers which include 60 per cent women across the country, many of whom have stepped forward to give back to the communities by spreading awareness about the importance of preventive healthcare and building immunity using digital platforms. We are collaborating with them to help them in channelising their contributions by providing them with digital tools and assets to help them further reach out to their respective communities across the country.

We continue to be inspired by the humanity and strength of our communities, especially frontline workers, the entire medical fraternity, and essential service providers who have dedicated their lives to the collective cause.  

Modicare Limited 

An integral part of Modi Enterprises guiding philosophy is, giving back to society. In line with the brand’s commitment, Modi Enterprises is distributing over 35,000 dry food relief bags to the migrants and daily wage workers. Contributing to the same, Modicare Limited kicked off their first leg of distribution in Delhi with Samir Modi and Neha Bansal Yadav, District Magistrate (DM) of West Delhi this week.

Talking about the initiative, Samir Modi, Founder, and Managing Director, Modicare Limited said, “This global pandemic has shaken the modern-day world. Almost every nation is combating the widespread outbreak, but the battle begins at home and every citizen should act responsibly. During this time of crisis, it is our responsibility to help those who are facing difficulties and struggling, in terms of providing the basic essentials to their family. We have to think about the values that make this world go around, about what makes us human – compassion, empathy, collective support and resilience and hope for a better tomorrow.”

He added, “Daily wage and migrant workers of the country are amongst the most affected. We are trying to do our bit for the nation and contribute towards those in need as much as possible.”

Modicare believes that the need of the hour is to help the one in need, especially during the time of this pandemic when the nation is fighting a deadly battle.  Modicare in collaboration with the West Delhi DM’s office donated the dry food relief bags near TDI Mall, Rajouri Garden. These food relief bags distributed to the migrants & daily wage workers contained essentials like rice, pulses, sugar, oil and salt among other items, which is enough supply to feed a family of five for 3-4 days.  In the coming few days, Modicare would be distributing over 2000 such dry food relief bags to the migrants and daily wage workers, residing in Delhi.

The brand is also aiming to extend a helping hand to various other cities and States in the coming days.

Steadfast Medishield

Steadfast MediShield Pvt. Ltd., which is a super specialty Pharmaceutical Company in Renal Care in India, has taken a step towards contributing in the country’s fight against COVID-19 by donating Rupees 1.5 Million for establishing a COVID-19 Lab at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center (IKDRC), Ahmedabad. This testing facility will help the community at large and will ease out the testing process in Ahmedabad wherein the cases are rising every hour.

Yogesh Puri, CEO, Steadfast MediShield has taken a step forward to support, and Dr Vineet V. Mishra, Director IKDRC and ITS, Ahmedabad, initiative of setting up a COVID-19 testing lab to combat the deadly virus that has hit the world and is ruining the lives of many.

Thanking IKDRC for the making Steadfast MediShield part of this initiative, Aman Puri, Director, Steadfast MediShield said, “We are all making efforts to find a way to help the community in our fight against the coronavirus, and this is our way of doing so. We are very thankful to IKDRC for taking the initiative to establish the COVID-19 test lab, and we are happy to do the little we can. Medical experts at IKDRC are making immense efforts to develop the lab and help in conducting research and testing on the virus.”

All the guidelines and precautions issued by ICMR regarding testing will be carried out in this COVID-19 Lab, which will lead to an expansion in the testing process in the city. While this is one of the many efforts that the Steadfast team is making to contribute to the fight that the entire country is struggling through, Steadfast Nutrition and Steadfast MediShield will continue to do as much as they can both in terms of monetary donations as well as social support to the people around them. The aim of the company will always be to develop a fitter and better India, today tomorrow and always.