A quick summary of HCL’s Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 pandemic across all entities of the HCL Group
(Reporting Period: 1st April 2020 – 15th May 2020)
In these times of National crisis, HCL reaffirms its commitment towards nation building and assures it will participate in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, to the best of its capability. HCL’s response to COVID-19 will include immediate relief, restoration and ‘build back’ efforts. In our effort to fight this unprecedented pandemic, we will be working along with our network of partners across geographies to respond, increase resilience as well as reduce vulnerabilities of local communities, enabling them to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to COVID-19 disaster. In this effort, we will remain guided by the government advisories and we will actively participate in the State coordinated action.
In these times, while HCL continues to provide technical back end support to almost all essential services across the globe, we have also taken few concrete steps towards COVID19 Response, as our social commitment towards the nation. A holistic strategy has been devised which includes support across the following categories:
Training, capacity building, awareness and coordination
- Supporting the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration with an Integrated Control Center to respond to citizens’ queries on COVID-19. The “all-in-one” control center will include processes for following up and reporting of all unconfirmed, suspected, foreign return cases as well as mobile tracking and monitoring for all home quarantine cases basis inputs from official government authorities. It can be reached on toll free number 18004192211. You can read about it here
- The Government of Tamil Nadu has partnered with HCL to set up a state-of-the-art Disaster Management - Data Analytics Center to strengthen the State’s disaster management efforts in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic. HCL is also helping improve and expand the state’s disaster management helpline (1070) through technological upgradation, manpower assistance and effective reporting mechanisms. You can read about it here
- HCL supported Government of Karnataka to setup an Emergency Call Centre for COVID-19 for State of Karnataka providing telemedicine and referrals for testing. You can read about it here
- HCL Foundation, along with WHO and UNICEF, is supporting a COVID-19 Online Academy by Sphere India. This is being used for training of volunteers, health workers and other front line workers on COVID-19
- Awareness Generation and Information Dissemination of COVID-19 messages approved by Directorate of Health GoUP in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. Over 6000 villagers and front-line workers are being sensitized through these messages
Complementing Healthcare Services
- Pledged 607 Ventilators to the Government of Tamil Nadu and 2 ventilators in the Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh
- 550 litres Sanitizer and Wash Basin (Leg Pedal) to City Health Officer, Coimbatore Corporation
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Safety Gear for healthcare and frontline workers
- 1,00,000 PPE kits to the State of Uttar Pradesh,
- 1,600 PPE kits to Madurai Corporation in Tamil Nadu, 100 PPE kits for doctors and paramedical staff at Stanley Government Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 2,100 PPE Kits, 200 HME Filters & 4 Temperature Guns for care of cancer patients in Chennai and 14,500 PPE Kits to City Health Officer, Coimbatore Corporation
- 20,000 3-ply masks to City Health Officer, Coimbatore Corporation
- Support for 50,000 Basic Essential Kit (Masks -5, 1 Hand Sanitizer - 250 ml, Gloves - 1 Pair) for police personnel committed to Director General of Police TN State
- Support for 22,000 Basic Essential Kit (Masks -5, 1 Hand Sanitizer - 250 ml, Gloves - 1 Pair), 9,000 coveralls and 9,000 N-95 masks for police personnel committed to Greater Chennai Police Commissioner
- Support for 9,500 Safety Kits (Mask - 5, Rubber Glove - 1 Pair, Disinfectant, Gumboot - 1 Pair and Health Mix) and 3,500 coverall kits for Frontline Workers committed to Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC)
- Support for 10,000 3-ply mask, 4,000 N-95 masks, 4,500 pairs of gloves and 5,000 coveralls for police personnel committed to Superintendent of Police, Madurai
- 15,000 face masks to Noida Authority for sanitation workers in Gautam Buddh Nadar
- Self Help Groups (SHG) women are being trained to stitch masks - 2,100 masks prepared and distributed in Nagpur and 100 khadi masks being distributed daily through UPSRLM in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
- 100 Kits (with masks & gloves) for Police staff and NGO volunteers in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
- 33 Hygiene Kits for communities & 10 Frontline Worker Kits in Anekal Block of Bangalore
- Hand wash, sanitizers, gloves and soaps for tribal & rural communities in Andhra Pradesh & Orissa as well as care of immune compromised children with precautionary in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Ensuring food security and supplies
- Supporting with both cooked meals and well as dry ration kits in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Chennai, Nagpur, Pune and Vijayawada
- 10,000 hot cooked meal packets daily (as per notified requirement from Govt. Dept.) for the marginalized communities through Gautam Buddh Nagar District Administration. Over 5.4 lakh meals have already been served as part of this initiative.
- 3,500 - 5,000 hot cooked meal packets (basis requirement) for the marginalized communities in Chennai through Greater Chennai City Corporation. Over 90 thousand meals have already been served as part of this initiative.
- Dry ration kits provided to 7,000+ families in slum communities of Chennai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Vijayawada, Nagpur, Pune as well as rural and tribal communities in Koraput, Dhenkanal, Nilgiris, Pali & Jalpaiguri
Care for vulnerable groups, including the elderly, women and children
- Medicines, emergency services, care services for 200 elderly people in SHEOWS Garhmukhteshwar Ashram
- Feeding over 3,250 animals every day in Noida and 100 stray animals in Bangalore. Under this initiative, 1,00,000+ animal feeds have been served so far.
Over and above these, HCL has also extended support the poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable of artistes and art-professionals like instrument makers and others through Assistance for Disaster Affected Artistes (ADAA).
The existing initiatives of HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies, under the Education, Health, WASH, Environment, Skill Development & Livelihood and Inclusion & Child Protection verticals have also been re-strategized in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology-led solutions are being explored and supported across themes. Medium to long term interventions, such as psychosocial support, education in emergency response, mental health care for children in distress, awareness generation, livelihood support and strengthening systems for emergency response, are also being undertaken as part of the larger Disaster Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation efforts.
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