US hands over critically needed emergency supplies to Sri Lanka

The United States today handed over critically needed emergency supplies to Sri Lanka.

US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Martin Kelly and Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe commemorated the donation of critically needed emergency supplies, including pulse oximeters, protective goggles, examination gloves, and KN95 masks – all of it donated by the American people at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka.

The donation arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Saturday.

“The United States and Sri Lanka have worked closely together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic since its outset,” US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Martin Kelly said. “We recognize the serious personal toll of the pandemic. At the Government’s request, we’re providing these urgently needed supplies to the Ministry of Health to ensure they reach those in need as fast as possible.”

The shipment of the emergency relief supplies follows the White House announcement last Thursday that the United States will make available nearly 7 million vaccine doses for countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Sri Lanka.

Since March 2020, the United States has provided $6 million, plus an in-kind donation of 200 ventilators, to control the spread of COVID-19, address the urgent health needs of the Sri Lankan people, and ultimately save lives. This assistance has reached millions of people in all 25 districts and nine provinces of Sri Lanka to mobilize critical supplies and expertise to support the Sri Lankan Government’s response to the pandemic. The funding is also helping to mitigate the pandemic’s negative economic impacts and help the country recover.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested over $26 million in the past 20 years to improve the health and well-being of Sri Lankan families and to combat diseases like malaria, avian influenza, and now, COVID-19.

This is one component of the longstanding partnership between the American and Sri Lankan people to support self-reliance and promote economic growth.

USAID’s program in Sri Lanka, totaling more than 350 billion LKR ($2 billion) since 1961, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed population. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is the way to win “hearts and minds”. Hopefully, this is a turning point. No body likes a bully. Sri Lankan’s have always loved the United States and it was their self indulgent policies that alienated us.

  2. You are very correct “GABRIELLA”.
    Sri Lanka has always wanted to steer a middle path foreign policy and has reached out to all i’s friends in the international community of the Commonwealth, the UN, SAARC, OIC Member State – Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, EU, NORDIC group, Scandinavia, African group, North American Nations, ASEAN states and the Non-Aligned Nations to work in a friendly and peacefull global environment. This is at the “PEAK” of reachout under the Government of PM Mahinda Rajapaks and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and our present foreign plicy steered by the able Minister of Foreign Affairs – Hon. Denish Gunawardena.
    Even the people of CANADA are getting ready to contribute their part very soon. A large stock/consignment of Medications and Medical materials including PPE’s are in the process of being shipped to Sri Lanka, once “due process” is accomplished by the donors and the Sri Lanka Health authorities through the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa.
    Noor Nizam – Peace and Political Activist, Political Communication Researchesr, SLFP/SLPP Stalwart, Member “Vithamaga”.

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