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Twitter donates USD 15 mn for Covid-19 Relief in India

Twitter donates USD 15 mn  for Covid-19 Relief in India
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WASHINGTON, MAY 11 (PTI): | Publish Date: 5/11/2021 12:52:36 PM IST

Microblogging giant Twitter has donated USD 15 million to help address the Covid-19 crisis in India which is battling the unprecedented second wave of the deadly pandemic. Twitter CEO Jack Patrick Dorsey tweeted that the amount has been donated to three non-governmental organisations Care, Aid India and Sewa International USA.

While CARE has been given USD 10 million, Aid India and Sewa International USA have received USD 2.5 million each. Sewa International is a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian, non-profit service organisation. This grant will support the procurement of lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines as part of Sewa International’s ‘Help India Defeat COVID-19’ campaign, the San Francisco-based company said in a statement.

Equipment will be distributed to government hospitals and Covid-19 care centers and hospitals, it said. Reacting to the announcement, Sewa International’s vice president for Marketing and Fund Development Sandeep Khadkekar thanked Dorsey for his generous donation, saying it is gratifying that Sewa’s work has been recognised. “We are a volunteer-driven non-profit organisation, and we believe in serving all, following the sacred Hindu benediction, ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’--‘May all be happy’, Khadkekar told PTI. 

Twitter said the grant of USD 10 million will support CARE’s urgent action to help address the deadly second wave of Covid-19 infections devastating India. 

Funds will be used to supplement government efforts by setting up temporary COVID-19 care centers; providing oxygen, PPE kits and other critically needed emergency supplies for frontline health workers; and addressing vaccine hesitancy and helping ensure that people get vaccinated, particularly in remote, marginalised communities in India, it said.

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