Reliance's Goodwill Ambassador
Nita Ambani,Founder and Chairperson, Reliance Foundation
In April 2020 as India went into a lockdown, Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of Reliance Foundation, called a meeting of the senior management team of Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital, Mumbai, to assess the impact of the pandemic on the marginalised and the poor. Her mission started with setting up of India's first dedicated 250-bed Covid-19 treatment facility in Mumbai in association with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Over time, the capacity increased to over 2,000 beds with uninterrupted oxygen supply. Treatment was free of cost. Nita focussed on areas where non-governmental agencies were unable to reach. The foundation also launched a Covid-19 testing lab with a capacity of over 15,000 tests daily. The team reconfigured the Jamnagar complex to become India's largest producer of medical grade liquid oxygen during the shortage, and also turned around the manufacturing facility to produce over 1,00,000 PPEs and N-95 masks daily to bridge the import shortage. The foundation has vaccinated 25 lakh people so far with the help of digital platform JioHealthHub. It gave more than 8.5 crore free meals to marginalised groups, daily-wage earners, and frontline workers across 100 districts, 19 states and four union territories. A fleet of 20 animal ambulances also provided fodder and care for animals during the year. Nita says the foundation will continue with its efforts till every single Indian is safe and vaccinated. "I am an eternal optimist. I believe together we can and will overcome, not just this crisis, but every challenge that comes our way, and emerge a stronger nation bound by shared dreams and aspirations."