HP Inc. is tapping its technologies and resources to help communities across Asia-Pacific respond to the challenges of COVID-19. This includes 3D printing essential medical parts to help protect frontline workers, developing online learning resources, device donations, as well as relief and support initiatives for partners, customers and individuals. HP Foundation has also contributed more than US$1.7 million towards healthcare and disaster relief efforts in the region.
3D printing essential parts for frontline workers
HP has mobilised its 3D Printing team and global Digital Manufacturing Partner Network to design, validate and produce essential parts for medical responders and hospitals. Since February, HP and partners in Asia-Pacific have 3D-printed over 158,000 parts—including 6,000 mask adjusters printed for RenCi, ALPS Medical and Asia Pacific Hospice Network in Singapore and 3,200 mask adjusters and door openers printed for the Penang Island General Hospital.
Partner and customer initiatives
To help the community effectively navigate the operational and financial challenges associated with COVID-19, the company has launched relief initiatives and is offering webinars as well as free online courses to ensure partners are able to adjust to the new normal and changes in consumer buying behaviour.
In Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines, HP has introduced a limited period, free remote helpdesk support service to help HP small and medium businesses (SMBs) users and consumers stay connected and maintain business continuity from home.
While in Thailand, HP recently introduced HP for Business, a program tailored for SMBs and startups. The program is designed to relieve financial pressures on entrepreneurs in the short term with better cash flow while providing improved productivity, reliability and scalability for the long term.
Donations through HP Foundation
HP and HP Foundation have donated an estimated US$8 million in products and grants to support blended learning and local communities impacted by COVID-19 worldwide. The HP Foundation has contributed US$3 million in grants; US$1 million to support affected communities with critical medical supplies, and an additional US$2 million in grants for COVID-19 relief.
“HP is using our technologies in meaningful ways to help our communities navigate the uncertainty during this time. I’m proud of what our employees have done while coping with their own challenges – supporting frontline workers, providing financial relief to our partners, and empowering our customers and local ecosystems to work and learn effectively from home. We will continue to harness our resources to work together and uplift one another in our fight against COVID-19,” said Ng Tian Chong, Vice President & Managing Director, Greater Asia, HP Inc.
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