Almost all organisations across sectors are coming forward to contribute as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard people. Some of these companies including MG Motor India, Paytm, Zomato and Delhivery, Save the Children and Pan IIT Alimni Foundation are doing their bit to ensure supply of Oxygen and extending support to battle the current wave of the pandemic. Here’s how:

Diverted Industrial Oxygen to Healthcare Segment

MG Motor India, under its community service umbrella MG SEWA decided to close its plant and conserve industrial oxygen so that it can be diverted to the healthcare segment.

The carmaker has also joined hands with Devnandan Gases Pvt. Ltd. in Gujarat recently. The association has increased the production of oxygen by 15% per hour at one of the latter’s plants in Vadodara within a week of their partnership. MG further aims to increase it by 50% soon.

MG has recently announced that it is providing lunch to families of patients at GMERS Hospital. At present, MG’s Hector Ambulances continue to serve doctors and medical staff during their service to the nation. The carmaker is also importing oxygen concentrators for the affected family members of its employees.

Zomato, the very popular food delivery and restaurant aggregator app has the Zomato Feeding India not-for-profit which now has the “India Needs Oxygen” initiative accepting donations. This is Live in the Zomato app now and you can donate Rs 100, Rs 1000 or Rs 2000 whereas the website allows you to choose any amount you wish to donate. Zomato is working with Delhivery to source oxygen concentrators for hospitals and families in need. Feeding India by Zomato have a target for raising Rs 50 crore to help out with oxygen.

Raising Funds through #OxygenForIndia and “India Needs Oxygen” Initiatives

India’s top digital payments platform Paytm under its initiative #OxygenForIndia initiative went ahead to raise Rs 14 crore to donate oxygen concentrators across India. Paytm matched all contributions received through this initiative. The oxygen concentrators were donated to government hospitals. They had partnered with the American India Foundation (AIF) and Elevation Capital to collectively match the user contributions.

Save the Children, India – Standing in support of fight against COVID-19  

Save the Children, India, the leading NGO, has rolled out its program “#ProtectAMillion” mission to contribute to the country’s fight against the second-wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has hit the healthcare infrastructure.

Comprehensive Approach – In 2021, since the initial days of the second wave, the organisation scaled up implementing its initiatives across 57 districts in 12 states and two Union Territories, aiming to reach the interiors of India where the healthcare system is fragile and ill-equipped.

Procurement of Essentials & Equipment – Taking note of the sudden surge in the demand of oxygen and the potential stress of the demand on the rural healthcare ecosystem, the organization has procured and is distributing 700 oxygen concentrators to public health centres across 11 states. ‘Save the Children’ is providing oxygen support, medical aid, distributing COVID care kits, hygiene kits, at home care and tele-consultation. Save the Children is also procuring resources for hospital beds.

PanIIT Alumni Foundation – Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) graduates program

PanIIT Alumni Foundation is a not-for-profit company and the nation building arm of the Pan IIT India Alumni. Over the last ten years, the foundation has established a successful collaborative model with Government and Business as stakeholders and delivered at scale on a self-sustainable, job assured, loan funded, vocational skilling model enhancing the incomes and livelihood of the underprivileged.

Aiming to create healthcare livelihood opportunities to underprivileged young women from remote areas and deepening last-mile healthcare capabilities, the PanIIT Alumni Foundation is running a novel ‘Residential’ Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery (ANM) nursing Kaushal college program. The program has recently offered placement to all eligible nursing graduates from its first batch of the 2-year course with India’s leading healthcare groups at a monthly CTC of INR 15,000 to INR 19,000. The candidates have been winning performance-based recognition at their workplace regularly.