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 full reports Volume 5 and past Volumes 1,   2,     and 4


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

Chronicling what happened in 2020 is The Dispatch.  Read the story of an integrated ‘Bangalore Response’ to the pandemic, in Issue 5 , or previous issues 4, 3, 2 and 1

Voices of Young Volunteers - packaging dry rations, assisting the National Helpline, creating databases of local resources Read more...

Read our Field Notes on Augmenting Covid Treatment Facilities and
on Responding in a Metropolis. Or, about Enhancing Testing Capacity, or frontline
School Teachers, or the community-led response from Chachali village in Jharkhand

More COVID-19 Stories and Struggles - the distress of a farmer in Haryana, or access to maternal health care, or from PARI. Read more...


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?
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