In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Ride-hailing platform Uber pumps Rs 3.65Cr in COVID-19 relief package

Through its partnership with NGOs, Uber has provided oxygen support to 725 people, distributed over 33,000 fresh meals and ration kits, and supported 15 COVID care facilities.

Ride-hailing major Uber on Wednesday announced it is dedicating Rs 3.65 crore to its COVID-19 relief package, offering free rides to facilitate transportation of oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators, and other critical medical equipment.

Uber is carrying out the relief work through partnership with non-governmental organisations, including Project Mumbai, American India Foundation, and The Good Quest Foundation.

Prabhjeet Singh, President, Uber – India and South Asia, said, “Our partnerships with NGOs are providing mobility support to their volunteers who are working tirelessly to save lives. It’s heartening to see the country and its citizens come together to fight the pandemic. Uber is committed to using its mobility network to build hope and help save lives.”

Uber’s first partnership with UK-based NGO Go Dharmic has enabled the organisation’s volunteers to respond to COVID-19 emergencies in over six cities, extending timely support to many patients.

This includes providing oxygen support to 725 people, distributing over 33,000 fresh meals and ration kits, and supporting 15 COVID care facilities with 1,675 medical kits and 250 hospital beds.

Hemal Randerwala, Chairman, Go Dharmic, said, “Uber has helped Go Dharmic to significantly scale up relief efforts in India. Together, we have provided much-needed 24/7 support to thousands of affected families and frontline workers during these difficult times. This is truly compassion in action.”

In March, the ride-hailing service pledged its support for India’s vaccination drive across 34 cities by providing free rides worth Rs 10 crore in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

As part of this initiative, it rolled out Rs 1 crore for residents of Bengaluru to avail themselves free to and from authorised vaccination centres in both government and private hospitals.

Additionally, Uber has also pledged to gender sensitise one lakh drivers in an expanded partnership with the Manas Foundation by the end of 2021.

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