Taking Help to the Remotest Corners of India During COVID

By Manisha Raghunath

With the pandemic killing every aspect of livelihood, especially during the lockdown, people in rural areas were left wanting for critical medical resources and other daily needs essential items to reach them under several time constrained situations.

Some of the ACT grantee companies were involved in the…


Written by — Sweta Daga

When the pandemic hit India, citizen groups and non-profit organizations came together to support vulnerable communities and frontline workers. Two of those groups were ACT Grants and Omidyar Network India.

Siddharth Nautiyal, a partner with Omidyar Network India says, “The pandemic required a response from…


Expediting Covid19 Testing in India via AI-based Solutions

By Manisha Raghunath

Covid19 is as mysterious to the medical fraternity as it is to the general public, maybe a little less yes but definitely not a puzzle everyone’s been able to piece together. In such a scenario, it’s important to understand the extent to which it has spread. …


Robotic Solutions — Changing Health Treatment Protocols in India

By Sweta Daga

In March when the national lockdown was announced in India, the government tried to prepare for patients by supporting hospitals with equipment and gear, a crucial part being ventilators. …


Supporting COVID Prevention Using Drone Technology

By Sweta Daga

“During the lockdown period there were two things happening in parallel,” says Smit Shah, the Director of the Secretariat for the Drone Federation of India. “One, as a country we had never been home for such a long period of time…


By Shazib Siddique

In a conversation with Siraj Dhanani, Founder and CEO of InnAccel Technologies Pvt. Ltd. which had developed a non-invasive ventilation system that provided respiratory support to moderately severe hypoxemic Covid patients. In this interview Mr. …


By Sweta Daga

“Actually, one of the biggest problems is that many people are not even aware that they are eligible for government support,” says Sumedh Ranade, who helps to lead the central operations team at Haqdarshak, an online technology platform that helps citizens access government schemes.

When the national…


Managing Covid Treatment Inside the Safety of Our Homes

By- Shazib Siddique

Up until April, every other person who was diagnosed with coronavirus was being directly sent either to the hospitals or the COVID care centres for treatment. Meanwhile, the increasing number of COVID positive cases compounded extra burden on…


Small wins provide big gains — Scaling solutions for India’s healthcare infrastructure

Written by Sweta Daga

“It was a matter of persistence and small wins,” says an ACT Grants (Action COVID-19 Team)representative, who is part of the government engagement team within ACT Grants . “When we started in April, we were trying to offer the government solutions that we felt might support…


Caring through Covid-19 — ACT’s approach to mental health awareness

By — Sweta Daga

When it became clear to the world that the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 wasn’t going anywhere, countries began healthcare procedures to prevent the spread of the pandemic through public awareness campaigns and national lockdowns. …

ACT Grants Initiative

We are backing ideas that are capital efficient, scale ready and can create immediate impact to combat Covid-19.

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