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Google pledges Rs 113 crore to boost healthcare infra in India

New Delhi: Google on Thursday announced new grants of nearly Rs 113 crore to help strengthen India’s healthcare infrastructure and workforce in rural areas, as India prepares for the third Covid wave.

Google.org will support procurement and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generation plants in healthcare facilities in high-need and rural locations with new grants of approximately Rs 90 crore to GiveIndia and nearly Rs 18.5 crore to PATH non-government organization.

Google.org will also make an Rs 3.6 crore grant to NGO ARMMAN to run skilling programmes for 180,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in 15 states in the country.

The company said that it will also invest in the efforts of Apollo Medskills to help upskill 20,000 frontline health workers through specialised training in COVID-19 management and strengthen the stressed rural health workforce and rural health systems.

“We’re now broadening our COVID-19 support to help strengthen India’s healthcare infrastructure and workforce — especially in rural areas. With these new commitments, Google is proud to be supporting our partners as they build a bigger, better-equipped healthcare system,” said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President, Google India.

The new commitments build on the Rs 135 crore ($18 million) funding that was announced by Google in April for COVID-19 response.

In addition to this, Googlers worldwide have donated and helped raise $7 million for organisations supporting high-risk and marginalised communities.

“We are thankful to Google.org for their strong commitment to ensure we save as many preventable deaths as possible, which happen due to lack of medical oxygen,” said Atul Satija, CEO, GiveIndia.

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Washington businesses raise money for India Covid crisis

There are growing efforts to send much-needed relief and oxygen supplies to India, where millions are suffering amid a devastating wave of COVID-19 infections. 

A group of yoga businesses in the Tacoma area plan to donate proceeds from classes to GiveIndia, an organization helping to supply oxygen canisters and breathing equipment to patients. 

“Yoga in the West is a $12 billion industry, so to just take from a culture and ignore that there are humans suffering in that culture right now is unacceptable,” said Casey Hubbell, co-founder of Yoga Wild. 

A group of tech and business leaders formed SeattleforIndia, an effort to raise $10 million to purchase 50,000 oxygen cylinders. 

They are working with OxygenforIndia, a volunteer-run campaign delivering supplies to those who need it most, especially people living in poverty. 

“We fear the worst is yet to come, and this is what is driving this incredible group of leaders from Seattle,” said Sunny Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Apptio, during a Zoom event introducing the initiative. 

Indian-American Community Services, formerly known as India Association of Western Washington, is holding a virtual fundraiser this Saturday to support nonprofits already on the ground in India. 

“Those who benefit from India’s culture that they have given to us, that we are learning from, we all can help out and rally around and give back, they need our help, so it doesn’t have to stop tomorrow,” said Pamela Higley, a yoga teacher who is helping organize Wednesday’s events. (Source: king5.com

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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s fervent appeal to raise funds for India

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has issued an urgent appeal to raise funds for India, which is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19.

“India needs our help and it’s our moral responsibility to rise to the challenge. This is a global pandemic and until we crush the virus everywhere, we cannot fully recover,” Jayapal said on Friday.

Pramila Jayapal, who was recently in India to visit her family before the surge spiraled out of control, said all the funds raised would go to three initiatives.

First is the WISH Foundation, which works round-the-clock to set up COVID-19 care centers. Second is GiveIndia which supports families living in poverty who have lost a loved one often the sole breadwinner with direct cash payments of ₹ 30,000.

Third is EdelGive Foundation, which in coordination with Goonj and Jan Sahas, works to provide migrants and vulnerable population cash support, food and health supplies, the Indian-American Congresswoman said.

Talking about her recent visit to India, she said, “The cases had started ramping up, and my parents who are 80 and 90 years old were both diagnosed with COVID-19 just weeks after receiving their first dose of a vaccine.”

“They both ended up in the hospital and have recovered but I shudder to think what would have happened had they not been vaccinated, or had they gotten sick at the height of the surge we’re seeing now, she said.

Describing the situation in India as dire, Jayapal said hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 cases are confirmed every day. “There are no hospital beds open. There is no oxygen supply left. People are dying before they can even get to a doctor,” she said.

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Priyanka Chopra sets up fundraiser for India

Priyanka Chopra, in her bit in the fight against the deadly second wave of COVID-19, has set up a fundraiser for India, her “home.” The actress, who is currently in London due to work commitments, has been trying to highlight the grim situation of India due to the coronavirus surge on international platforms. Priyanka, shared a video of herself urging people to donate as much as they can to help. The actress and her husband, singer Nick Jonas, have set up the fundraiser in collaboration with GiveIndia, an online donation platform. 

Chopra in her video, talked about the Oxygen crisis, hospital beds shortage and a reported deficit of COVID-19 vaccines and medicines in India and stated why the global community needs to care about what’s currently happening in the country, her native land.

“Why do we need to care? Why is it so urgent right now? I’m sitting in London and I’m hearing from my friends and family in India about how hospitals are at capacity, there are no rooms in ICUs, ambulances are too busy, oxygen supply is less, crematoriums having mass cremations because the volume of deaths is so much,” the actress can be heard saying in the clip.

“India is my home and India is bleeding. And we, as a global community, need to care. And I’ll tell you why we need to care: Because unless everyone is safe, no one is safe. And I understand a lot of people must be angry thinking about why we are in this place in the first place? Why is this happening? Well, we’ll address that. We’ll address that after we stop the urgency,” she added.

 

In her caption, Priyanka shared that she and Nick Jonas have already donated for the cause and will continue to donate more. 

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Indian American billionaire Vinod Khosla to donate $10 M for oxygen supplies to India

Indian-American billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledged $10 million for the supply of medical oxygen to hospitals in India.

This is in continuation with the Sun Microsystems co-founder’s efforts to fund hospitals for oxygen supplies amid a surge in COVID cases in the country.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, he said there was a need to save lives as further delay may end up in more deaths.

“For @GiveIndia this isn’t enough. They’ve received requests for 20,000 oxygen concentrators, 15,000 cylinders, 500 ICU beds, 100 ventilators, 10,000-beds COVID centers with requests coming from non-profits & hospitals all across India every day. We need to do a lot more urgently,” Khosla said.

“The Khosla Family is adding $10 million to @GiveIndia to its previous commitment as a match and hoping others will join in this urgent need,” Khosla said.

India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 new coronavirus cases being reported daily and hospitals in several states reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

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