Local News: Australia has extended its assistance to Sri Lanka to plan for and prevent COVID-19 from spreading, and to handle potential social and economic impacts.
Australia has committed AUD 1.5 million to support Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19. Since 5 March, Australia has been quick to respond to the Sri Lankan Government’s requests for support and to the needs of communities. We have partnered with UN agencies and local partners to identify priorities and coordinate our response.
Our assistance has provided health equipment and support to the Sri Lankan Government, as well as providing crucial food and hygiene items to Sri Lankan communities, including:
· Medical equipment to strengthen national laboratories and case management;
· Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers;
· IT equipment to be used by officials to gather data for case management;
· A risk communications campaign including key prevention messages;
· 1,000 dignity kits and 100 maternity kits for women and girls in lockdown areas; and
· Dry food rations to 3,000 families in Batticaloa