ChildFund Sri Lanka, recognizing the urgency to strengthen Sri Lanka’s healthcare system through continued support, handed over vital brand new life-saving medical equipment estimated at LKR 8,100,000, necessary to saves lives as the country battles the pandemic, to the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka recently.
The medical equipment including thirty five heavy duty nebulizers and six multipara monitors is the first consignment to be presented as an initial phase, and intended to support the nation combat the raging pandemic, especially helping patients with respiratory issues.
The equipment was handed over by Nalaka Siriwardena, Country Manager and Programme Director of ChildFund Sri Lanka to Dr. Asela Gunawardane, Director General Health Services, and Raja Gunarathne, Director General NGO Secretariat, during a token ceremony held on 20th of July 2021 at the Ministry of Health premises in Colombo. Roshan Delabandara, Manager – Grant Post Award and Fedro Suren, Administrative Assistant, representing ChildFund Sri Lanka were also in attendance at the event.
Nalaka Siriwardena, Country Manager, ChildFund Sri Lanka said, “Our donation aims to support health personnel by providing them the necessary tools to fight against the virus. This donation is another symbol of our commitment to local communities and also a sign of our gratitude and recognition to the challenges being faced by health personnel in these unprecedented times.”
The donation is part of ChildFund Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Response Plan, based on its ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ fundraiser initiative supporting relief requirements arising from COVID-19 and communities impacted. Committed a one-to-one match of all donations received through the fundraiser, ChildFund has pledged to donate a similar amount in cash or purchase necessary medical equipment.
Based on its COVID-19 Response Plan, ChildFund Sri Lanka will implement a series of interventions during the next four months, offering a lifeline to those affected as a result of the pandemic. Funds collected from the fundraiser ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ will be utilised in supporting communities.