Ab InBev Extends Support For India’s Fight Against COVID: Commits Oxygen Concentrators, Essential Aid Kits & Builds Covid Hospital Beds
India, 18th May 2021: Bolstering its support to communities, Anheuser Busch InBev extends support to improve health infrastructure and provide essential aid across states in the country as they battle Covid-19. AB InBev, the world’s leading brewer is equipping state governments with more than 300 oxygen concentrators, 8000+ essential aid kits to Covid-19 affected families, over 5,00,000 masks, 5000+ test kits in 50 villages across the country and a COVID hospital bed set-up in Bengaluru.
“As India grapples with the second wave of Covid-19, we stand in solidarity with the country and pledge our full support to communities and the government. The health and safety of our communities and colleagues continue to be our top priority. Over the last year, we have focused our Covid-19 relief efforts in areas where we have the greatest impact-supporting our people, providing essential aid to communities, collaborating with public health experts, governments, partners and, connecting with our consumers in meaningful ways. We will continue to explore and undertake initiatives to enhance health and medical infrastructure, address the immediate needs of affected communities, and facilitate rehabilitation.” – Kartikeya Sharma, President, India & South East Asia, AB InBev
Keeping with the overall commitment to equip states with adequate healthcare infrastructure, the company is adding to the existing Covid-19 hospital bed capacity at a city hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This facility houses Isolation Wards for Covid-19 patients, ICU facilities for critical care, an in-built oxygen pipeline, OPD and Screening Wards for testing.
“The health and safety of our communities and employees continue to be our top priority. We are collaborating with medical institutions, corporates, NGOs and the government to extend our support during these unprecedented times. Our purpose of bringing people together for a better world is more relevant than ever. We will continue to undertake initiatives to address the immediate needs of affected communities and our people,” – Serge De Vos, Managing Director, Global Capability Center, AB InBev
In the first phase of this initiative in 2020, AB InBev impacted more than 15 lakh frontline workers across Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana and Haryana by providing more than 250,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, 25,000 FFP2 masks and 3,62,100 meals distributed to migrant workers in Bengaluru, Karnataka.