India is seeing the largest daily cases of Covid-19 with more than 3.5 lakh cases registered in the last 24 hours. Google has decided to provide India with 135 crore INR funding for medical supplies and to help communities in general. Sundar Pichai, CEO tweeted,”Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google and Googlers are providing 135 crore in funding to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, organisations supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”
Pichai also shared a link of a blog with his tweet where Google detailed ways to help in their efforts to fight the second wave of Covid-19. On the blog, Google’s country head and Vice President of Google India- Sanjay Gupta wrote, “Today we’re announcing 135 Crore INR ($18 million USD) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling 20 Crore INR ($2.6 million USD). The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India. It also includes donations from our ongoing employee giving campaign — so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed 3.7 Crore INR ($500,000 USD) for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities.”
Further, Gupta also informed about Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns. “This funding also includes increased Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns. Since last year, we’ve helped MyGov and the World Health Organization reach audiences with messages focused on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines. We’re increasing our support today with an additional 112 Crore INR ($15 million) in Ad Grants to local health authorities and nonprofits for more language coverage options.” he said.
Google is already helping India with its core information products like Search and Maps, Youtube and Ads. Covid features on search are available in India in English and eight other regional languages that help the locals to understand easily.
“This includes information on where to get testing and vaccines; so far, Maps and Search surface thousands of vaccine sites, and we are working to add tens of thousands more. We’re also collaborating closely with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to support vaccine awareness initiatives.” He added.
Google is also helping Indian government in their vaccination drive on Youtube. It ran a workshop for 200 health workers to make them reach audience across Indian languages with vaccine information using Youtube.