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CSR: Microsoft and Oxfam India join forces to strengthen healthcare ecosystem in India

Oxfam India has partnered with Microsoft to help strengthen healthcare ecosystem to address the challenges that have come up with the 2nd wave and prepare for a possible wave 3. The partnership will enable access to critical Covid care health services for 1.5 million people in severely affected districts of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
“India is facing an unprecedented crisis as the pandemic is leaving a trail of devastation and tragedy of unimaginable proportion. Though the health system is overwhelmed, the medical community (including doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital support staff) continues to play a stellar role. We as citizens of this country must come forward to support the battle against COVID-19 in whatever way we can. Oxfam India is happy to partner with Microsoft to provide relief to the most marginalized people during this crisis,” says Amitabh Behar, CEO, Oxfam India.
As part of the CSR initiative, Oxfam India will:
– Setup 3 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technology-based oxygen plants at district and block level hospitals in rural Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh.
– Strengthen existing capacities of 12 hospitals with O2/ ICU beds and essential life-saving medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, patient monitoring units, BiPAP machines and nasal masks in Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.
– Provide essential covid care medical equipment to 200 government hospitals, primary health care centres, and charitable hospitals in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
– Train 10,000 frontline health workers on covid protocols and equip them with essential covid care kits, enabling them to serve their communities in Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.
“At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to supporting the government’s efforts to democratize access to healthcare resources in these difficult times, especially for communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Through our partnership with Oxfam India, we are focused on using our technology, skills, resources, and voice to intensify support for severely affected rural parts. We believe a collaborative approach is the best way and will continue to work closely with government and nonprofit partners to accelerate response,” says Manju Dhasmana, Director Corporate Affairs – CSR/ Philanthropies, Microsoft India.

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