Walmart Inc, Flipkart and the Walmart Foundation are supporting India’s COVID-19 response with a combined effort that will contribute needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and financial support for organizations providing essential relief materials to farmers and small businesses.
Now, more than ever, doctors and paramedical staff who are working tirelessly on the frontlines of this battle need our support. There is an urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPEs), including N95 masks and medical gowns for medical staff, as well as other necessities for vulnerable communities.
#News: @walmartindia, @Flipkart & @Walmart Foundation provide INR 460 million of support to India’s #Covid19 Fight. To contribute personal protective equipment for medical staff & other necessities for vulnerable communities.
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Walmart Inc. and Flipkart will spend INR 383 million to bring in-kind donations into India to help with frontline response efforts. The companies will focus on providing PPE, such as N95 masks and medical gowns, for distribution by non-government organizations (NGOs) to public healthcare workers. Walmart and Flipkart have already secured 300,000 N95 masks and 1 million medical gowns, and they will continue to leverage their global supply chains to source these critical necessities for medical workers who stand at the frontline of the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak in India.
In addition to this in-kind support, the Walmart Foundation is donating a total of INR 77 million to Goonj and Srijan, NGOs supporting vulnerable communities through the crisis. The funds will be used to support the procurement of essential relief materials, such as food, medicine, and hygiene items, for distribution by the organizations to support farmers, rural communities, and the micro-businesses.
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While keeping supply lines open to ensure that Indian consumers have access to essential daily necessities, Walmart and Flipkart are also taking important steps to help protect public health and the safety of customers and associates as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
Prioritizing the safety and health of employees and associates in response to the unprecedented national emergency, Flipkart and Walmart deployed swift preventive health and precautionary measures at all facilities, including hand hygiene, fumigation and sanitization, along with a slew of multilingual awareness sessions. Additional measures include insurance and health benefits for workers, contactless deliveries where possible and supporting cashless payments.
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