Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, announced a grant of 113 crores ($ 15.5 million) on Thursday to support the procurement and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generation plants, as well as the upskilling of healthcare workers in rural areas of the country, in collaboration with various organizations. With additional gifts of around 90 crores ($ 12.5 million) to GiveIndia and approximately 18.5 crores ($ 2.5 million) to PATH, Google.org will fund the acquisition and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generating plants in healthcare facilities in high-need and rural areas.
It will also fund Apollo Medskills‘ efforts to upskill 20,000 frontline health workers through specialized COVID-19 management training, as well as enhance the stressed rural health workforce and rural health systems. Google.org will support ARMMAN 3.6 crore ($500,000) to run skilling programs for 180,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) throughout 15 Indian states.
ARMMAN will also use the funds to establish a call center to provide additional assistance and advice to ASHAs and ANMs as needed.
“As India slowly emerges from the crisis of the last few months, it’s been both humbling and exciting to witness individuals, communities, organizations, and governments band together to manage the consequences on a scale we’ve never seen before.”
“At Google, we’ve been focused on providing people with the information and tools they need to stay informed, connected, and safe,” said Google India Country Head and Vice President Sanjay Gupta. He told reporters in a video conference that the business is expanding its COVID-19 support efforts to help boost India’s healthcare infrastructure and workforce, particularly in rural areas.
These fresh promises are in addition to the 135 crores ($ 18 million) funding pledged by Google in April for the COVID-19 response. These included two gifts totaling 20 crores ($ 2.6 million) from Google.org to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families severely afflicted by the crisis to aid with everyday expenses, and UNICEF to help procure vital medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment.
In addition, Google employees around the world have donated and helped raise $ 7 million for organizations that serve at-risk and marginalized communities. Over the previous five years, Google.org has invested $57 million in grants to India.
Last month, the government issued new guidelines for the integration of CoWIN with third-party applications, making it easier for such apps to offer vaccine bookings. As a result, websites such as Paytm are now allowing consumers to utilize their platforms to not only browse for openings but also book vaccination appointments.
(News input- PTI)