services innovation company Optum, the Indian arm of the US based
UnitedHealthcare Group (UHG), has pledged over Rs 11 crore to fight the COVID
-19 pandemic in India, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
commitment is part of a 10 million USD COVID-19 global fund committed by
UnitedHealth Group for countries where its businesses operate.
A company official said that
Optum will contribute Rs 4.65 crore to the PM CARES fund, Rs. 2.30 crore to the
Telangana Chief Minister’s Relief fund, Rs 2.30 crore towards Haryana Corona
Relief Fund of the Haryana government, and Rs 2.20 crore to Foundation for
Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India.
contribution will provide urgent assistance to the most impacted communities,
including health care workers, hard-hit and underserved citizens, seniors, and
people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity as well as government labs
experiencing a shortage of equipment,” the official said.
“The COVID-19 public health
emergency has compounded the many challenges faced by India’s frontline health
workers and vulnerable residents experiencing loss of income; our efforts are
aimed at these sections,” said Ritesh Talapatra, Managing Director of Optum
Global Solutions (India).
Of the Rs 11 crore committed,
Optum has contributed Rs 4,65,18,775 to the PM CARES Fund to support the
affected citizens, including migrant workers, Rs. 2,30,00,000 to the Telangana Chief
Minister Relief fund to extend a helping hand to the poorest of the poor who
are in distress, Rs 2,30,00,000 to the Haryana Corona Relief Fund of the
Haryana government to support the citizens who are adversely affected by the
Covid-19 pandemic and Rs 2,20,50,000 to the Foundation for Innovative New
Diagnostics (FIND) India, to improve the capacity of government labs for the
diagnosis of COVID-19 through supply of essential equipment and consumables.
“We hope that our contributions to the Prime Minister’s CARES Fund, Chief Minister Relief Fund for the Government of Telangana, Haryana Corona Relief Fund, for the Government of Haryana, and partnership with FIND India will provide critical aid to those that need it most,” said Nishad Sachdeva, Vice President – Operations and Country Lead, Optum Global Solutions (India).
“FIND is committed to
strengthening India’s laboratory diagnostic network to allow rapid scale-up of
the country’s response to COVID-19” Sanjay Sarin, Country Head, Foundation for
Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, said.
“We would like to thank Optum for their generous contribution as building lab capacity is needed more than ever to reduce the spread of disease and flatten the curve,” he added.
By: Murtuza Merchant