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Western Union supports COVID relief in India by providing ventilators, home care kits & free transfer to bank accounts
3 May 2021 -

Money movement company Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) on Monday announced relief efforts to India to tackle the devastating phase of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as launching a fundraising call with its employees around the world in partnership with Western Union Foundation and United Way India (UWI).

Effective immediately, UWI will fund medical ventilators, non-invasive ventilators and oxygen generators for hospitals as well as home care kits that will benefit up to 5,000 households in the Maharashtra area. Its home care kits include COVID monitoring techniques, oximeters to monitor blood oxygen levels and thermometers for treating non-critical COVID patients outside of the hospital setting.

This programme will primarily serve disadvantaged patients in the most affected, most distant and low-income communities in the region.

The Western Union Foundation has committed USD200,000 to United Way India. All funds raised through the foundation's appeal to Western Union employees will be given to UWI with the aim of raising an additional USD50,000.

Beginning 4 May 2021 until 18 May 2021, Western Union will waive transfer fees for two weeks for digital channels and four weeks for retail channels for funds sent direct to Indian banks in select countries including North America, Europe and the CIS, Australia and New Zealand.