Dutch Government helps Sri Lanka fight chronic kidney disease

CKDThe Dutch Government has come forward to help Sri Lanka fight Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka said today.

The Embassy said that following a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena in July 2015 for assistance from the diplomatic community on the CKD issue in Sri Lanka, the Dutch Government responded positively by offering the services of the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) Team.

“As a country renowned for its expertise on water and delta management, the Netherlands feels a responsibility to share its knowledge worldwide. That is why the Dutch government has initiated the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR). This team of experts advises Governments on how to resolve urgent water issues related to flood risks, water pollution and water supply, to prevent disasters or to rebuild after water related disasters,” the Embassy added.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has been working for the last few weeks with the Presidential task force on kidney disease prevention and other relevant Government of Sri Lanka entities to prepare and execute the DRR mission in Sri Lanka.

The DRR mission consisted of four water experts (3 from the Netherlands and 1 from Sri Lanka). During the mission, the team participated in a stakeholder meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, collected water samples during their field visits to the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts and conducted a debriefing meeting for the stakeholders at the Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply.

The DRR mission’s report with their findings and conclusions is expected to be published next month.  (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Really saddened to say, Sri Lankan Government failed in their obligation to protect their people from harm. All in the name of greed for money which let importers bring harmful fertilizers for crops.

    Innocent farmers and their families had to pay the price. Future generation is at stake.

  2. There’s no question , SL does not have the expertise. Otherwise it would have at least a clue by now. The fact that the dutch have come forward is commendable. Obviously we are going not just into water , but also the food consumed , especially the greens that Sri Lankans consume. There was suggestions that the polpular mellun green Mukunuwenna has a toxic substitute. What must come out of this exercise is some capacity building in SL academic sphere. Hope the SL Uni’s will acknowledge there lack of expertise and participate and learn on the whole approach and research.

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