Australia supports Sri Lanka to fight covid-19

The strong friendship between Australia and Sri Lanka goes back more than 70 years. In the unprecedented global crisis unfolding as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever that friends continue to support each other. 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.

Australia’s 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;

·Hygiene and sanitation items for women and families in lockdown areas; and

·Dry food rations to 3,000 families in Batticaloa

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