Rooted in the Community – Cognizant Hyderabad
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented social and economic impact. Through these difficult times, Cognizant has continued to give back to society, helping the real heroes of the fight against COVID-19 and touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in India and elsewhere.
In Hyderabad, Cognizant began relief initiatives in the last week of March and has since extended a helping hand to a growing number of people in need. Through Cognizant Foundation, the company’s CSR arm, and Cognizant Outreach, the company’s employee-led volunteering program, Cognizant has been supporting healthcare workers, the underprivileged and those impacted by the lockdown.
To ensure the well-being of crucial first respondents ― doctors, nurses, ward boys, and sanitation workers ― in their battle against the pandemic, Cognizant Foundation collaborated with local health authorities and NGOs such as United Way of Hyderabad and EKAM Foundation to provide masks, PPE kits, sanitizers, gloves and other medical equipment to Gandhi Hospital and Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad, MGM Hospital in Warangal, and the Government General Hospital in Nizamabad.
Cognizant Outreach partnered with the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) and Round Table of India Trust, a reputed community development organization, to distribute 6,027 grocery kits to tribal communities, including the differently-abled, pregnant women and those with severe illness. Around 25,000 people in 50 tribal hamlets across Telangana benefitted from this initiative.
“Cognizant feels honored to have had an opportunity to support doctors and nurses working on COVID-19 frontlines as well as people most impacted by the disruptions resulting from the outbreak,” said Jitendra Putcha, Head of Cognizant’s Hyderabad Operations. “Through these unprecedented times of COVID-19, our focus has been on serving the interests of the communities we live and operate in by doing our bit to contain the impact of the pandemic on people and supply chains. We will continue to work towards enabling the larger community to overcome the crisis.”