Touched by the sanitary crisis affecting India, both entity employees rallied to support Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/AZG) efforts against COVID-19 in the region.
Having seen the damage COVID-19 has caused in India, together with the fact that Sopra Steria India is an important member of the Sopra Steria family, with our delivery centres based in Noida, Bangalore, Chennai and Pune, we felt the call to engage in the battle against coronavirus by providing societal assistance to those in need.
During the fund-raising event held from the 10th to 21st of May, our teams mobilised and raised no less than €25,000, all of which was donated to MSF/AZG for its fight against COVID in India.
MSF/AZG teams have years of experience in the treatment and control of infectious diseases. As an emergency medical organisation, the NGO is now offering medical assistance during the corona crisis all over the world. Particularly in India, MSF/AZG teams are already in action in 3 important areas:
- Vulnerable people: MSF/AZG has set focus on vulnerable groups of people who have another illness, such as diabetes, HIV and/or Tuberculosis. Their work involves informing these people on what protective measures to take and that they have the means to protect themselves.
- Infections of healthcare staff can happen easily in a situation when staff are overwhelmed by large numbers of patients. This could lead to a reduced and exhausted workforce. Safety for healthcare workers should be a top priority in every healthcare facility since they are the first line of defence in the pandemic.
Timely access to quality of medical care, including oxygen therapy: the surge in severe cases of COVID-19 has increased the number of people requiring hospitalisation and oxygen therapy. It is for this reason that MSF/AZG has begun supporting the dedicated COVID-19 hospital in Mumbai, with the donation of 10 machines to the facility, to support oxygen therapy.