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Our hearts go out: Pichai as Google announces ₹113-cr COVID grant for India

By Priyanka Verma 
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Our hearts go out: Pichai as Google announces ₹113-cr COVID grant for India

New Delhi: Tech giant Google has announced ₹113 crore grant towards covid-19 relief efforts in India, including setting up oxygen generation plantsand improving healthcare infrastructure in rural areas.

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The grant comes from Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, and will help in the procurement and installation of approximately 80 oxygen generation plants in rural healthcare locations. It includes a grant of ₹90 crore to GiveIndia and ₹18.5 crore to PATH, two non-profit organizations based in India.

The tech giant will also invest in Apollo Medskills’ initiative to upskill 20,000 frontline health workers in COVID-19 management. Google.org aims to help the stressed rural health workforce and health systems.

Google.org will also provide Rs 3.6 crore ($500,000) grant to non-profit ARMMAN that will run upskilling programmes for 180,000 Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in 15 states.

“Our hearts go out to those in India impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and we continue to look for ways to help. Today @Googleorg will provide an additional $15.5 million to build oxygen generation plants and train healthcare workers in rural India,” said CEO Sundar Pichai.

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Country Head and VP, Sanjay Gupta said, “As the pandemic has unfolded in India, it’s been humbling and inspiring to see individuals, communities, institutions, and governments work together to manage the impact of a crisis on a scale we haven’t experienced before. Technology has played a critical role, and our focus at Google has been on making sure people have the information and tools they need to stay informed, connected, and safe.”

“Google.org’s grant to set up 80 oxygen generation plants (OGPs) will strengthen our healthcare system across many parts of India. GiveIndia in collaboration with PATH will procure and install these OGPs in locations with highest potential impact,” said Atul Satija, chief executive officer of GiveIndia.

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“The support from Google.org will enable us to continue augmenting and implementing our tech-based interventions, so that health workers can offer the necessary care and guidance to pregnant women, mothers and children across the country,” said Aparna Hegde, Founder and Managing Trustee, ARMMAN.

This round of grants come after Google.org announced Rs 135 crore ($18 million) in April to expand the reach of public health information campaigns and support emergency relief work. It said that as India emerges from the crisis, Google.org now turns its focus to strengthen India’s healthcare infrastructure and workforce, especially in rural areas.

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