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Norway stands with India

The Norwegian government has today announced a contribution of 20 million Norwegian Kroners (2.4 mn USD) towards COVID relief in India, to be channeled through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The Norwegian support will be used to scale up ambulance services, blood donation services and medical helplines, buy equipment such as oxygen tanks for ambulances and procure and distribute hygiene products to migrant workers and other vulnerable groups, among other things.

Announcing the contribution, the Norwegian Ambassador to India, Hans Jacob Frydenlund said, “First of all, we send our deepest sympathies and support to all our Indian friends. Norway is making a contribution to the efforts of the Indian government and its people through funds via the WHO and the Indian Red Cross society. We stand with you in this time of crisis, with the hope that the second wave will recede soon.”

The government contribution was announced today by the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, and will be transferred at the earliest.

“There is a dynamic Norwegian business community in India also currently preparing to help in the best and quickest ways possible.,” Ambassador Frydenlund added.