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Jun 28, 2021

Philips Foundation, Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies provide over 800 ventilators for COVID-19 relief efforts in India


  • As part of a collaborative effort, over 800 ventilators are being made available to public hospitals in regions of India most affected by COVID-19
  • Philips India will provide the requisite training, installation, and service support to hospitals and doctors in a safe and effective manner

New Delhi, India –  Philips Foundation, Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies have joined forces to provide more than 800 ventilators to Indian public hospitals in regions most impacted by COVID-19. The ventilators will enable public hospitals to respond to the acute need for critical medical equipment, assist frontline healthcare workers to provide COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress with non-invasive and invasive ventilation and help prevent loss of precious lives, now and in the future. The Indian Red Cross, designated by the Indian government for on-the-ground support, will be the receiving party of the donation.

Philips India will provide the requisite training, installation, and service support to ensure that the equipment is quickly and effectively deployed.

To help combat the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Philips Foundation formed a coalition with Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies; all organizations have provided significant financial support to the effort.

We learned from the Indian government and Red Cross that the number of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization and critical care had led to a shortage of respiratory support equipment. That is why the Philips Foundation and its partners have come together to help meet this urgent public health need in the most underserved areas of India.”

Margot Cooijmans

Director of Philips Foundation.

Daniel Mazon, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Philips Indian Subcontinent added, “Amid these challenging times for the country, we are pleased to join forces with Philips Foundation, Prosus, Johnson Foundation and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in collaboration with Indian Red Cross and the Government of India to provide 800 ventilators to strengthen public health facilities in the country. Committed to improving people’s lives, we are providing the training, installation, and service support to hospitals and front-line healthcare workers, thereby supporting them in their fight against COVID-19. We are hopeful that this contribution will provide help and improve existing facilities for shortage of critical equipment beyond the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to actively engage in the fight against COVID-19.”


Sehraj Singh, India Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs at Prosus, said: “Prosus is deeply committed to supporting India’s relief efforts and the well-being of her people through this pandemic. Last year we contributed INR 100 crore to the Indian government’s response to the crisis. The second wave has been quite difficult for the country and brought the need for essential healthcare technology to the fore. Prosus is grateful to partner with the Phillips Foundation to continue to support India’s fight against COVID-19.”

About Royal Philips

Philips Foundation is a registered charity that was established in 2014 – founded on the belief that innovation and collaboration can help solve some of the world’s toughest healthcare challenges for the underserved and make essential impact. Reflecting our commitment to United Nations SDGs 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and 17 (Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development), the mission of the Foundation is to reduce healthcare inequality by providing access to quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities. Philips Foundation fulfills its mission by deploying Philips’ expertise, innovative products and solutions, by collaborating with key partners around the world (including respected NGOs such as UNICEF, Amref and Save the Children), and by providing financial support for the collaborative activities. More information on can be found at

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About Prosus

Prosus is a global consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating and investing globally in markets with long-term growth potential, Prosus builds leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities.

The group is focused on building meaningful businesses in the online classifieds, food delivery, payments and fintech, and education technology sectors in markets including India, Russia, and Brazil. Through its ventures team, Prosus invests in areas including health, logistics, blockchain, and social commerce. Prosus actively seeks new opportunities to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve people’s everyday lives. Find out more at

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Geetika Bangia

Geetika Bangia

Sr. Manager Corporate Communications

Tel: +91 98181 02133

Yannick Eshuijs

Yannick Eshuijs

Philips Foundation

Tel.: +31 6 1852 6633

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