New Delhi, India – Philips Foundation, Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies have joined forces to provide more than 800 ventilators to Indian public hospitals in regions most impacted by COVID-19. The ventilators will enable public hospitals to respond to the acute need for critical medical equipment, assist frontline healthcare workers to provide COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress with non-invasive and invasive ventilation and help prevent loss of precious lives, now and in the future. The Indian Red Cross, designated by the Indian government for on-the-ground support, will be the receiving party of the donation.
Philips India will provide the requisite training, installation, and service support to ensure that the equipment is quickly and effectively deployed.
To help combat the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Philips Foundation formed a coalition with Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; all organizations have provided significant financial support to the effort.
“We learned from the Indian government and Red Cross that the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization and critical care had led to a shortage of respiratory support equipment,” said Margot Cooijmans, Director of Philips Foundation. “That is why the Philips Foundation and its partners have come together to help meet this urgent public health need in the most underserved areas of India.”