Across the world, we have seen the harrowing images of Covid-19’s impact in India. The entire country is reeling under the devastating impact of the pandemic. Our thoughts are with the millions who are impacted including their relatives living abroad. Microsoft has had a presence in India for nearly three decades and our teams in the country play an important role for the company that stretches well beyond India’s borders. We have several thousand employees across 11 locations in India, and many more employees in other countries with families in India.
As we witness the impact on friends, co-workers and the broader community, it is clear we can and must help. We are focused on using our technology, skills, resources and voice to assist in the global response.
We are working to ensure we are doing everything we can to take care of our employees in India and stepping up to help address urgent needs in the broader community. This includes daily crisis management team meetings in Redmond and India with teams across the company. These calls allow us to quickly identify areas where Microsoft can help and ensure we can move quickly to respond.
Over the past month, Microsoft Philanthropies has been in close contact with nonprofit partners and government organizations leading the relief efforts in India to understand how we can best assist in the response. We believe a coordinated approach is the best way to help and we are working in partnership with humanitarian organizations and others in the private sector.
Here are some examples of steps we are taking.
- Becoming a founding member of Global Task Force on Pandemic Response.
- Addressing the severe shortage of oxygen.
- Supporting nonprofits in India.
- Providing critical technology and technical support.
- Continuing to supply medical assistance.
With escalating infections, hospitalizations, and deaths being reported in several other countries, the crisis is reaching new and critical highs. Microsoft is engaged with other governments and humanitarian organizations to offer our support and we are ready to do more.