Oct 02, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Embassy to the U.S. working in collaboration with American humanitarian donor organizations has facilitated the provision of free medicines and medical supplies worth over Rs. 4.6 billion (USD 12.6 million) to Sri Lanka from July to October 2022.
Three consignments have already been sent to the Ministry of Health and a fourth is expected to land on 02 October. The total value of the 4 consignments is over USD 12,645,150.
One consignment of medicines and medical supplies is scheduled to be presented to the Sri Lankan government today (02).
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Washington DC Mahinda Samarasinghe, who reached out to US donor organizations earlier this year, said that he would continue to work with humanitarian organizations and agencies to get assistance for the vulnerable people in Sri Lanka and expressed his gratitude to the institutes, Heart to Heart International, Hope Worldwide, and Americares for their generosity extended at this time.
Heart to Heart International sent a shipment of drugs worth of USD 9.131 million last July as well. The value of the aid sent by the Americares in September was over USD 773,000. The last consignment from Hope Worldwide is worth over USD 2.74 million and is due in Sri Lanka in the first week of October.
The Ministry of Health which takes charge of the shipments will provide detailed distribution reports to the donors specifying the recipients and local destinations for these medicines and medical supplies.