SRI LANKA current situation and projects - Report by Karuṇā Sevena
Updated: Aug 21, 2021
SOS call for help - Sri Lanka Project updates
The project of Suriya Lamai, SOS Call for Help-Sri Lanka, started on the 1st of June, and thanks to all the donors we were able to provide support to several families, donate a ventilator for Peradeniya Hospital, and contribute to the purchase of a Fetal Monitor (CTG Machine) for castle Steel Women’s Hospital.
We started this project with the donation of basic needs and we want to continue our effort by expanding it to medical equipment and support for hospitals. One of the main objectives is to provide as many ventilators as they need in the shortest possible time.
Ventilators are part of the fundamental equipment of a hospital that help to save human lives. The more ventilator and medical equipment we can provide the better. However, these items are costly and difficult to find in Sri Lanka. With our help they will be able to use the most advanced technologies in the medical field to save as many lives as possible.
What is most needed now?
Food package* for 1 family ( 4 members) for a week of $12
Food package* for 1 family (4 members) for a month of $48
Basic medicine* for a family (medicine, pain medicine, anti-histamine, plasters, bandage, antiseptic wipes, nasal sprays, Immodium etc) of $15
Personal protective equipment (PPE) Kit (sanitizer gel, face mask and gloves) of $7
Support a family in need in Sri Lanka and donate: $5, $15, $25, $50, $100
ResMed Lumis 100 ventilator: $2.250 /1.856 EUR
*for one family of 4 members
More ventilators will be donated to Karapitiya Hospital and Castle Maternity Hospital, according to their needs.
The drastic increase of Covid infections along with the environmental disaster consequent to the explosion of the cargo ship, have knocked the country down. The population needs help now more than ever, and the only way we can help is to provide whatever they need to be healthy and live with dignity during this period of hardship. Suriya Lamai is in the front line.
A little change for the world is the biggest change for one person.
Last but not least, THANK YOU to each and every one of you who made even the tiniest donation. We want you to know that you have made the difference, and without you this project would not exist. Thank you also to you who took the time to send a thought to people in Sri Lanka who are suffering and shared your merit with them.
May you all be happy.
News from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has seen a tragic increase in covid cases and deaths over the past month. From less than 200 cases a day, it now counts over 2500 new infections daily.
The country has administered just over 3,367,220 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which are enough to cover only 7.7% of the entire population.
Families, hospitals, monasteries, and every person in the country are going through really hard times. As most of us have been experiencing, COVID has radically changed our lives. Unfortunately, those who are most affected by it are the less privileged ones, those who live from a day-by-day income, who have to support many children and rely on selling their products at a local market, as well as those who have already been in need of hospitals for severe health issues, and many more. When these people’s financial support is cut off, they face struggles that are hardly imaginable. COVID has had devastating effects on countless families in Sri Lanka.
Updates data at: https://hpb.health.gov.lk/covid19-dashboard/ , https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/countries-and-territories/sri-lanka/
Ship crash and fishing ban
As the country continues to battle a new wave of Covid-19, with an average of 3,000 cases and 30 deaths per day, Sri Lankan authorities needed to face another potentially devastating event. On June 2nd, a Singaporean cargo ship, travelling from Qatar to India, through Colombo on its way to Singapore, carrying toxic chemicals started sinking just 14km from the port in Colombo. A blaze broke out on the ship on May 20th and a subsequent explosion only five days later.
Over the past two weeks, the officials attempted to keep the situation under control avoiding that any devastating environmental disaster.
Fishing has been banned within a radius of 80 km from the wreck, “causing devastation to thousands of locals who depend on the industry for their livelihoods.”
For local people the sea is often the only source of income, this tragedy has just added another weight on the shoulders of many families.
On June 26th the ship officially sank. However, no action towards its removal has been taken yet. The head of Sri Lanka's Marine Environment Protection Authority said it was unsafe to remove the wreck because of rough monsoon season, which will end in September.