Walmart, Flipkart Gathers Entities to Support India in Battling COVID-19
Retail major Walmart takes initiative to donate nearly 20 oxygen-generating plants and 20 cryogenic containers for oxygen storage and transportation to India. Alongside, over 3,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 oxygen cylinders for distributing oxygen therapy to patients at home or in hospital.
These are being found across the globe and would be provided to hospitals and NGOs in India for delivery as the country gasps for oxygen amid the deadly second Covid wave.
Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, Flipkart and PhonePe, along with Walmart's Global Technology and Sourcing hubs, are associating to solve the oxygen shortages issue.
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart says, “Walmart is a global family. We feel the impact of this devastating surge on our associates, families and friends across India, and it's important that we come together to support however we can."
He further adds, "We are working hard to combine Walmart's global capabilities and Flipkart's distribution network to ensure vital oxygen and supplies are made available to those who need them most. Our hearts are with everyone in India."
Walmart, Flipkart and PhonePe endures to step up meausres to encourage COVID-19 vaccination, that consists of setting up on-site vaccination clinics, at no cost, for associates and their households, as well as Flipkart and PhonePe's full-time contractors and delivery workers - more than 200,000 people.
Kalyan Krishnamurthy, CEO, Flipkart says, "We and our colleagues at PhonePe are committed to doing our bit to help people in this challenging time, leveraging our logistics capabilities and mobilizing resources towards the most critical needs of patients and healthcare professionals."
A total of close to 74.1 million would be allocated via the Walmart Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, a donor advised fund, to endorse support for Doctors for You to operate isolation centres and temporary hospitals, as well as provide personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers.
The remaining Rs 74.1 million would be assigned to GIVE Foundation Inc to support GiveIndia's COVID response fund, which will support physical infrastructure and equipment for the medical sector in India, prioritizing the most impacted and vulnerable communities, Walmart said.
Flipkart is also associaiting with GiveIndia to raise funds to provide critical medical supplies such as oxygen, PPE kits, hand sanitizers and other essentials at COVID-19 centres, charitable hospitals and for healthcare workers in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have also dedicated to fund an additional 2,500 oxygen concentrators as part of the US-India Business Council and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum's joint relief effort.