10 May 2021
India is currently responding to an urgent humanitarian crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To support disaster relief efforts, the BHP Foundation will donate US$2M to the Indian Red Cross Society as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic on the ground. This donation will help the Indian Red Cross Society secure and deliver critical medical supplies and services, including the distribution of oxygen concentrators and cylinders, vaccination programs and hygiene materials, to those most-at-risk.
BHP Foundation Chief Executive James Ensor said there was an imperative to step in and provide support to those who need it most.
‘Regardless of where we live in the world, COVID-19 has impacted every one of us,’ said James.
‘With India now bearing the brunt of this global pandemic, we can play our part in helping to tackle this crisis by ensuring those at the frontline have the equipment, supplies and resources they need.’
The BHP Foundation’s partner organizations operating in India are also pivoting their resources to provide assistance during this crisis.
In 2020, in response to emerging COVID-19 impacts and potential escalation in India, UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Program has enabled the upskilling and certification of 10,000 nurses and nurse assistants, building health care capacity and job continuity.
The SCE Program will further focus its efforts on making information accessible to marginalized women and their families on how to protect themselves from COVID-19, vaccination, and guidance on how to access medical supplies.
The BHP Foundation has supported UN Women’s delivery of the SCE Program since its inception, to assist vulnerable and under-represented women and young women to achieve their aspirations.