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 immediate support to 78 lakh people in 467 districts across 26 states and 3 union territories, in the form of food, dry rations and personal hygiene items.

We have committed over 2,02,300 PPE kits and N-95 masks for frontline health workers, most of which have been delivered. We are also working on enhancing testing capacities. One of Wipro’s campuses in Pune has been repurposed to make a 450-bed intermediary care COVID-19 hospital.

Click here to read the full report  Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3


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.  'Meet an ASHA’, in  Issue 3
Or read about ‘The Long Train Home’ and ‘Jan Sahas’ in previous issues 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 School Teachers going above and beyond, 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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