Our Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 outbreak has thrown most countries, including ours, into an unprecedented and massive health and humanitarian crisis. The poorest and the most marginalized will be disproportionately disadvantaged as this crisis continues.

Therefore, Azim Premji Foundation and Wipro jointly commenced efforts to support the civil society response and help in responding to the pandemic.


Our comprehensive response to the pandemic has been in the two inextricably tied dimensions of the crisis - healthcare and humanitarian.

This effort has been anchored by members of our own organization, partners, govt. school teachers that we work with, and alumni of our University.

With this network, backed by Wipro’s technical expertise and distribution reach, we have been able to extend support across states to more than 83 lakh people for livelihood regeneration, food, dry rations and personal hygiene kits.

Our integrated healthcare response has been ramped up focusing on strengthening the frontline work, enhancing testing capacity and augmenting treatment facilities across select-regions. One of Wipro’s campuses in Pune was repurposed to make a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital.

Click here to read the most recent update

Click here to read a consolidated summary report for the period March 2020 – June 15, 2021.

Click here to read previous reports of the first phase March 2020 - Feb 2021. Volumes 7 , 6 , 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1


These stories capture the essence of our work in response to the COVID-19
crisis from across the Foundation - the Field, Philanthropy,
the University, and all our Partners.

Chronicling Covid-19 in India-through the eyes, ears, and feelings of people on the ground. Click here for the series starting with Kalaburagi.

Also see The Dispatch and read about Mission Makunda - the transformation of a hospital in a far-flung corner of Assam, - and previous issues 5 (English)5 (Kannada)432 and 1

And here, are photo essays on the Integrated Health Care Response and Humanitarian Aid in Bengaluru,

and the Humanitarian & Vaccination efforts in Anekal Taluk

Read our Field Notes on JIDHAN - that organises a community-centric healthcare response in Jharkhand, or about Augmenting COVID Treatment Facilities and
on Responding in a Metropolis. Or, about Enhancing Testing Capacity, and frontline
School Teachers, or the community-led response from Chachali village in Jharkhand;
and COVID healthcare initiatives in other regions.



Handbooks and checklists at community, panchayat and district levels for reopening schools, health care and humanitarian support

Awareness material in Hindi and Kannada

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During the COVID-19 related lockdown, 80% of workers in urban areas and 57% in rural areas lost their employment. Many parts of central India are suffering from food and water insecurity. Only 20-50% of returned migrants have some form of income source. How can we rebuild rural communities and redesign cities?
To read more ...Click here

One of the Social Enterprise Idea Challenges hosted by Azim Premji University’s Social Enterprise cell, was on the ‘Response to COVID 19 crisis’. Congratulations to the winners!