To help rebuild the health care system, AmeriCares has worked closely with Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health (MOH) to identify specific infrastructure needs and support rebuilding projects. We have continued regular deliveries of medical relief and humanitarian aid.
Snapshot of Sri Lanka:
The people of Sri Lanka have struggled to overcome epic natural and man-made disasters. The Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and more than two decades of civil conflict have left a permanent mark on the country. The damage to health care access has presented enormous challenges for the government. Since the end of civil conflict in 2009, the country has moved forward with an ambitious agenda to reconstruct its economy. Critical health issues:
- Restoring health care capacity and rebuilding infrastructure
Since 1997, in addition to Tsunami relief and emergency aid, AmeriCares has delivered ongoing medical assistance to help to supplement pharmacy shortages and provide budget relief for health care providers.
On the morning of December 26, 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, measuring 9.0 in the Richter scale, generated a tsunami that traveled 1,000 miles across the Indian Ocean. The tsunami killed 35,000 people in Sri Lanka and left 500,000 homeless. Read More »
Within days of the disaster, AmeriCares delivered back-to-back airlifts of medicines, supplies and water purification supplies focused on reducing the threat of infectious and water-borne disease.
AmeriCares relief workers identified water quality as a critical area of unmet need in the recovery stages and, in April 2005, launched a water purification program in collaboration with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. As relief efforts transitioned to reconstruction, AmeriCares established a tsunami program office in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Today we continue to oversee $16.9 million in reconstruction efforts in health, education, livelihoods and water and sanitation. Some of the completed projects include:
- 27 health care facilities constructed or rehabilitated including village health posts, public health centers and child care centers
- 178 health care facilities supplied with equipment, medicine and medical consumables including hospitals, clinics. (Read more about our 2004 Tsunami response)
In 2008, we also responded with emergency shipments to meet the critical health needs of people fleeing the violence in the civil war.
Many of the projects grew out of the massive response to the Tsunami of 2004 including the reconstruction, rehabilitation or upgrading of hospitals and health centers. Read More »
helping our partners purchase and pre-position critical emergency supplies to help displaced families withing 72 hours of a disaster. Read More »
Sri Lanka is working hard to reduce infant mortality rates through a number of health care delivery and educational programs. Read More »
Working with a Sri Lankan government agency to increase access to potable water and improved sanitation. Read More »
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Sri Lanka to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Sri Lanka
When deadly floods forced more than 300 families from their homes in western Sri Lanka in early June, emergency workers used supplies provided by AmeriCares to help survivors.
Today, mothers and children in Sri Lanka have access to quality health care at Trincomalee Hospital where AmeriCares has completed an 83,000-square-foot addition onto the hospital, adding 250 beds, operating rooms, a laboratory complex and a neonatal intensive care unit. The $2.8 million project expands the hospital’s capacity to treat patients in an area ravaged by the 2004 tsunami and the long-running civil conflict that ended in 2009.
A new therapeutic playground, supported by funding from AmeriCares, has opened at Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Sri Lanka, equipped with apparatus to enhance physical therapy and make it more enjoyable for children. Eight years after devastating tsunami, AmeriCares’ ongoing programs improve the lives of the people of Sri Lanka.
Stamford, Conn. - Sept. 4, 2012 - AmeriCares officials and government leaders celebrated the recent expansion of the Trincomalee District General Hospital during a ceremony today on the hospital’s grounds. AmeriCares, a U.S.-based disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization with an office in Colombo, recently built an 83,000-square-foot addition onto the hospital that adds 250 beds, operating rooms, a laboratory complex and a neonatal intensive care unit.
Stamford, Conn. - June 21, 2012 - AmeriCares will break ground on a major addition to the Mullaitivu District General Hospital in northeastern Sri Lanka on Saturday - the aid organization’s third major hospital expansion project in recent years.
AmeriCares rushes emergency relief supplies to most vulnerable victims of Sri Lanka flooding. Strong relationship with local authorities and international partners helps coordinate relief efforts.
To help support the health care needs of refugees in Sri Lanka, AmeriCares sent relief workers to assess the health care needs and, in response, is sending two emergency airlifts of medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Read more and learn what you can do to help.
The civil war between Sri Lanka’s government forces and Tamil militants is finally over. Yet more than 250,000 people remain refugees, despite the official end of Asia's longest-running conflict. To help support health care for displaced families, AmeriCares recently delivered nearly $500,000 worth of medicines and medical supplies. Learn more and find out what you can do to help.
Sri Lanka Crisis As a violent civil war wanes in Sri Lanka, AmeriCares is working hard delivering and preparing emergency medical aid. One shipment of nearly $500,000 worth of aid has arrived and more emergency aid is being prepared. Intense fighting in northeastern Sri Lanka caused mass casualties and displaced over 100,000 innocent people. Accounts by survivors paint a picture of a true humanitarian crisis.