Caring for Life



In Covid times


Just days before this Annual Report for 2019-20 was to be released, the world changed in the wake of Covid. We swiftly pivoted to stand strong with governments, administration, healthcare workers and communities.

Since then, together with partners, we have confronted the pandemic on many fronts, including reimagining existing projects to continue serving those in need. In this report, you will read about our legacy, vision, thematic focus areas, outcomes for financial year 2019-20 as well as our Covid specific work thus far.



Cipla Foundation is embedded in the purpose-driven legacy of Cipla and inspired by the company’s patient-centric philosophy.

2011 | Taking the Baton Forward

The Foundation was formally registered as a legal entity to take forward social initiatives that Cipla had been historically supporting even before the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) law came into effect.

2011-12 | Understanding Community Needs

We reviewed existing initiatives across seven geographies where Cipla has manufacturing units (Patalganga, Kurkumbh, Goa, Indore, Baddi, Bengaluru & Sikkim), assessed community needs, mapped sustainable interventions and identified like-minded partners.

2012-14 | Forging Long-Term Partnerships

We strengthened community initiatives by onboarding projects like the Mobile Healthcare Units and spearheading innovative projects like the Baddi University programme for professional skilling. The Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre, Pune continued to remain our flagship initiative.

2014-16 | Expanding Reach

In addition to growing existing projects, this phase saw a spate of new partnerships with projects like the Mobile Science Labs and vocational training courses. It also marked the one-of-its-kind long-term support for Tamil Nadu floods wherein we prioritized individuals with disabilities.

2016-18 | Creating Milestones

We stood by visionary initiatives like setting up of a world class chemistry laboratory in Pune, a state-of-the-art Thalassemia Center in Mumbai, supporting India’s largest study in pediatric Asthma, expanding the Mobile Healthcare Unit and Mobile Science Lab network and joining the global call for Hepatitis Elimination.

2018-2020 | Strategic Growth

We consolidated our scope by identifying Health – primarily Palliative and Respiratory care – as our core focus. Going forward we are growing our work in these two areas through multiple partnerships across India. In addition, we are continuing to reach out to communities near Cipla units with responsive Health, Skilling and Education initiatives and upholding our commitment to support humanitarian causes in Disaster Response and Disabilities.

2020 | Realigning Priorities

Since end of March 2020, we have been focusing a significant part of our efforts to respond to the unprecedented Covid pandemic. While our long-term vision remains unchanged, we believe that in the current scenario, we need to both realign our focus to Covid response and reimagine our current projects to adapt to the pandemic.


An equitable world built on the foundation of ‘Caring for Life’

To fulfill our vision, we reach communities across India

Over the years we have been working to support initiatives:

In 15+ states

With 50+ partners

Across 100+ towns and villages


We strive to create positive outcomes by building access to services, promoting training and advancing knowledge and research.





Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre, Pune

Within Health, Palliative Care remains our key focus. We have been providing free-of-cost palliative care to cancer patients and their families since 1997.




“What truly drives us at the Foundation is every life that we try to make a difference to. Our purpose is rooted in Cipla’s longstanding legacy of compassionate care – a legacy that we have been taking forward beyond medicines to serve those in need. Over the years, we have forged partnerships, embarked on initiatives and supported pathbreaking programmes, all the while keeping the well-being of communities at the heart of all that we do. This has also been guiding us in unprecedented times like the Covid pandemic, to stand strong with partners and communities.

I personally remain grateful to the Foundation’s board, advisors, team and well-wishers for taking us from strength to strength.”


Rumana Hamied

Managing Trustee, Cipla Foundation


“Cipla Foundation has been instrumental in setting up and supporting the Pediatric Palliative Care Department, which is a first-of-its-kind in the country and the Thalassemia Day Care Centre providing comprehensive care to children at B. J. Wadia Hospital. To respond to the urgent need of Covid, Cipla Foundation came forward to extend support to set up Maharashtra’s first Pediatric Covid Isolation Ward for neonates and children. We look forward to be associated in further healthcare initiatives & research projects knowing well that this public – private collaboration will directly benefit patients most in need.”


 Dr. Shakuntala Prabhu

Medical Director, B. J. Wadia Hospital For Children, Mumbai

“Cipla Foundation stands with us as a partner in the real sense. Since 2014, they have been supporting HelpAge India’s Mobile Healthcare Units across locations and helped to co-create robust processes for better outcomes. In the recent times they have also come forward to work together on disaster response efforts like in the Kerala & Maharashtra floods and most recently in Cyclone Amphan. They have stood by us during the Covid pandemic to reimagine how we can continue serving chronic patients in remote locationsWe look forward to taking our collaborative partnership further.”


Mathew Cherian

Ex-CEO, HelpAge India

“The future of CSR projects lies in pooling in resources and in collaborating – something that Cipla Foundation and Ambuja Cement Foundation have been doing successfully. We started with partnering for community-based projects like skilling rural youth as well as the differently-abled young adults and subsequently moved to projects in health, specifically for addressing respiratory diseases. We look forward to continue aligning our vision and resources to create multi-fold impact in our communities.”


Pearl Tiwari

Director and CEO, Ambuja Cement Foundation

“Cipla Foundation has been a role model for us. Since we set up Romila Palliative Care in January 2017, the team has informed many of our early decisions and been personally invested in the design of our model. With their years of experience, they understand our challenges, share insights and provide continuous support. The Foundation has encouraged all our advocacy efforts and plays a key role in the Mumbai Palliative Care Network, being looked up to as a strong ally by its members. Truly a cherished partner!”


Dr. Armida Fernandez

Founder, Romila Palliative Care Centre, Mumbai, Retired Dean of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai

“It’s in the spirit of imagining new possibilities that Agastya and Cipla Foundation came together in 2015 to launch the first Mobile Science Lab in Bengaluru. I am delighted that this partnership has grown over the years to run eight Mobile Science Labs across India, most recently in Goa and Sikkim.

Even in these troubled times of Covid, we have been building and forging an even stronger partnership to grow virtual learning opportunites for students and teachers in remote communities. I believe that when organizations like ours come together, we can work miracles.”


Ramji Raghavan

Founder and Chairman, Agastya International Foundation

“Americares has been partnering with Cipla Foundation to promote health consciousness in communities and strengthen health systems near Patalganga through sustained behaviour change initiatives. In addition, we have also come together with the Foundation in their disaster response efforts. The work of Cipla Foundation in the Covid pandemic to support communities, healthcare workers, health facilities, patients, governments and partner NGOs is highly appreciable.”


Shripad Desai

MD & Country Director, Americares India Foundation


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