Jumping into ACTion!
ACT came into being during when the COVID crisis hit India – we worked tirelessly to find capital-efficient, scalable solutions that could fight the spread of the pandemic.
Here are some of the orgs we supported through the 1st and 2nd waves:
InnAccel: Developed SAANS PRO – a non-invasive ventilation system that provides respiratory support to moderately severe hypoxemic Covid patients and CPAP – a ventilation helmet which prevents the spread of infection from the patient’s exhalation, cough etc.
Qure.ai: Created an AI powered diagnostic solution for detecting COVID & worked with BMC to deal with testing volumes that exceeded the regular capacity of hospitals and testing centres.
Nocca Robotics: Designed, developed, tested and deployed the indigenous Noccarc V310 ICU ventilator in collaboration with SIIC IIT Kanpur – a user-friendly machine that proved to be very effective in treating COVID-19 patients at a moderate stage of hypoxia.
Haqdarshak: Digitally equipped citizens from low-income communities with facilities that would help them financially & get them the required essentials to tide through the lockdown period and thereafter.
HouseJoy: Launched Housejoy Care & worked with Bangalore’s local government to transform 4 KSRTC buses into mobile COVID healthcare clinics which provided subsidised blood, sugar, BP and COVID testing.
ImpactGuru: Launched COVID centric online fundraisers to support daily wagers, senior citizens, healthcare workers, animals etc. and matched 20% of all incoming donations.
DronaMaps: Created a digital dashboard for 5 state governments that included geofencing of quarantined patients, cluster analysis of the spread, location tracking with CDR & predictive analysis for spatial spread.
As the 2nd Delta wave hit with deadly force, ACT collaborated with several government bodies & organisations to aid oxygenation relief in real time for vulnerable communities.
These include Transforming Rural India Foundation (Jharkhand), Indian Air Force (Goa), Rightwalk Foundation (Uttar Pradesh), District Health Department (Nagaland), Hans Foundation (Uttarakhand), Sant Ishar Singh Ji Memorial Hospital (Punjab) & GSVM Medical College (Uttar Pradesh), Government Lawley Hospital (Tamil Nadu), CR Gardi Municipal Hospital (Madhya Pradesh) etc.
“The COVID-19 pandemic emerged as one of the greatest challenges that the state of Punjab has faced in recent times. Inspite of the efforts of the government, the containment of this scourge would not have been possible without the whole-hearted support of philanthropic organisations and the industry.
On behalf of the government and the people of Punjab, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to ACT for the manner in which you came forward to support the state government during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Your contribution has helped augment the relief efforts of the state and its preparedness to manage the crisis.” – Capt. Amarinder Singh (CM, Punjab)
We also enabled affordable homecare by supporting training programs for ASHA workers and collaborating with orgs like Hanumaan (Bihar) for last mile delivery.
As hope dawned in the form of a vaccine, ACT jumped into enabling vaccinations for high-risk occupation groups in low-income communities by partnering with organisations like Swasti, Labournet, Teach For India, iTeach, CREDAI, Uplift, Akanksha Foundation, Robin Hood Army, Surendra Pathare Foundation, Pune Municipal Corporation & many more.
The onslaught of the pandemic may be receding but the recent rise in cases has made it imperative to boost prevention protocols.
And so we’ve continued to keep our eye on the ball by collaborating with Hanesbrands & Delhivery to distribute 2.5 Cr+ facemasks across 11 states for children, self help groups, frontline workers, police and army personnel, government offices, PHCs and taluka health centre staff.
“I extend my gratitude to ACT for their generous contribution. This act of benevolence and goodwill will impact the lives of millions – each mask will help safeguard a whole community!” – Mr. Jayant Sinha, MP – Hazaribagh (Jharkhand)
A little over 2 years later, we can only marvel at the power that collective action has to drive social impact at scale.
Our deepest gratitude for every single person who stood firmly by our side through it all and helped India fight the crisis in good stead!