Walmart Inc. Walmart Foundation and Flipkart on Saturday said that have combined to help India in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
They have contributed personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers and financial support for organizations providing essential relief materials to farmers and small businesses.
Walmart Inc. and Flipkart will spend Rs 38.3 crore towards in-kind donations to help the frontline staff in India.
“The companies will focus on providing PPE, such as N95 masks and medical gowns, for distribution by non-government organizations (NGOs) to public healthcare workers,” a statement said.
“Walmart and Flipkart have already secured 300,000 N95 masks and 1 million medical gowns, and they will continue to leverage their global supply chains to source these critical necessities for medical workers who stand at the frontline of the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in India,” it added.
Moreover, Walmart Foundation is donating a total of Rs 7.7 crore to Goonj and Srijan — NGOs supporting vulnerable communities through the crisis.
The funds will be used to support the procurement of essential relief materials, such as food, medicine and hygiene items, for distribution by the organisations to support farmers, rural communities, and the micro-businesses, the statement said.
The statement noted that Walmart and Flipkart are making various efforts to help protect public health including following enhanced hygiene practices across the supply chain and delivery network, insurance and health benefits for workers, contactless deliveries where possible and supporting cashless payments.