Continuous effort in Combating Covid 19 – SLRed Cross Response Update #11

UPDATE #11

5th July 2020 – Reaching out to those in need of medical assistance during an ongoing epidemic is absolutely crucial. As such, our Kandy branch conducted a health camp in the Udunuwara Division of the district in coordination with the Kandy Society of Medicine to spread awareness & provide free medicine & other medical services to those who lack access to them. Along with our Kandy branch volunteers, 16 senior consultant doctors from various health sectors took part in this COVID19-integrated initiative yesterday & more than 400 individuals benefited from it.

4th July 2020 – Where better than a school to begin the installation of positive behavioral change within young minds amidst the prevailing COVID-19 epidemic? As the nation gradually returns to normalcy & schools reopen for children & youth across the country, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society embarks on its latest venture in cooperation with international and local corporate donors – our ‘Safe Schools’ Programme. Targeting 9 districts and 127 schools, the SLRCS has already commenced activities such as training of school staff at the behest of the Ministry of Education as pictured below.

2nd July 2020 – The one thing that should spread faster than the coronavirus is the knowledge of how to prevent it from ever spreading in the first place! Here we have our Mullaitivu branch volunteers building awareness of COVID-19 preventive methods among the communities of the Mullaitivu district.

30th June 2020 – Our branches are persisting in their mission of disseminating knowledge and providing material support in the fight against COVID-19. Our Galle branch, for instance, recently distributed awareness materials on COVID-19 preventive measures and donated beds and necessary materials for school sick rooms to the Divisional Education Director Mr. I. Jayarathna in support of our Safe Schools programme.

19th June 2020 – With the goal of raising awareness among the public, our Galle branch deployed its volunteers to distribute communication materials regarding COVID-19 prevention at the Baddegama District Hospital today.

16th June 2020 – Our Galle branch carried out awareness-raising activities by distributing communication materials regarding the methods of preventing COVID-19 at the Maternal Care Unit at Gramodaya Health Centre in Galle yesterday.

15th June 2020 – Preparation is key! The SLRCS, in partnership with the Disaster Management Centre, National Disaster Relief Services Centre and health department officers, commenced the operationalization of COVID-19-sensitive disaster preparedness and response activities in 5 high flood and landslide-prone districts of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Ratnapura and Puttalam during the South West Monsoon period.

11th June 2020 – In honour of our ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits were handed over to the Ragama Hospital today. We are very grateful for our Movement partners as this initiative was supported by the Singapore Red Cross who provided the PPE kits, and the Red Cross Society of China, who provided the surgical and N-95 masks.

10th June 2020 – Protecting our Protectors! To assist our medical heroes amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over 200 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Nuwara Eliya General Hospital COVID-19 Unit today. The kits were handed over to the Hospital Director, Dr Mahendra Senevirathna by Mr Rohana Pushpakumara of the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat, the SLRCS Nuwara Eliya Branch Chairman, Mr S.Jagatheeswaran and the SLRCS Nuwara Eliya Branch Executive Officer, Mr R.S.Chandrasiri.

8th June 2020 – With the objective of providing relief to vulnerable groups during these trying times, the SLRCS resumed its initiative of distributing relief packs to refugees and asylum-seekers in the Gampaha district last Wednesday in partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation. The event was organized by the SLRCS Gampaha branch and took place in the ZOA Negombo office. This intervention benefited 150 families and was attended by the SLRCS Gampaha branch Chairman and a representative of the Coca-Cola company.

6th June 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society proceeded with its dry ration distribution campaign in partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation today. The event, which took place at the Beruwala Divisional Secretariat, was organized by the SLRCS Kalutara branch and was graced by the Director General of the SLRCS and the Chairman of the SLRCS Kalutara branch, Mr. M.K.D. Chandrasiri.

UPDATE #10

4th June 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross initiative of distributing dry ration packs to vulnerable families during the COVID-19 epidemic, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation, is proceeding steadily through this week as well. Benefiting 175 families, today’s event was graced by the Director-General of the SLRCS and a representative of The Coca-Cola Company and was organized by the Bluemandhal Police and Women in Management – Sri Lanka.

3rd June 2020 – To support national efforts against the COVID-19 epidemic, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Office of the Governor of Eastern Province today.

2nd June 2020 – It’s more important than ever to be informed! Owing to the prevalence of COVID-19 in the island, our dedicated volunteers have been involved in the task of raising awareness on the necessary precautions to be taken among communities. Such activities have been implemented in many locations including our branch premises, orphanages, and elders’ homes in Mullaitivu, Galle, Polonnaruwa, and Batticaloa. Our volunteers adopt interactive approaches such as hand-washing demonstrations, in compliance with social distancing guidelines, to affect the necessary behavioral change within communities.

 

UPDATE #9

1st June 2020 – With the objective of fulfilling the basic nutritional needs of vulnerable communities amidst the COVID-19 epidemic, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society – in partnership with the الهلال الاحمر القطري Qatar Red Crescent – launched a 3-day Food and Nutrition Assistance Programme in the districts of Ampara, Kegalle and Kurunegala this week. 400 families were benefited by the distribution of the aforesaid dry ration packs.

1st June 2020 – Our Galle branch conducted an awareness program by distributing communication materials regarding the methods of preventing COVID-19 in religious places of worship throughout Galle yesterday.

30th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society continued with its initiative of distributing dry ration packs, sanitary packs, and first aid kits within the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam and Kalutara in partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation. The packs were handed over by the Chairman of the Puttalam SLRCS branch and a representative of the Coca Cola company.

29th May 2020 – During this critical time, our Vavuniya branch and it’s Youth Department organized and participated in a Blood Donor camp upon the urgent request of the Blood Bank of Vavuniya yesterday.

28th May 2020 – In partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society commenced its initiative of distributing 6000 dry ration packs, sanitary packs and first aid kits within the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, and Kalutara today, and some were handed over by Pankaj Sinha, the Managing Director of Srilanka & Maldives of the Coca-Cola company. This initiative targets those rendered highly vulnerable by the ongoing COVID19 epidemic.

27th May 2020 – Our Jaffna Branch resumed its Disinfection Programme at the Jaffna Central Bus stand and the Chavakachcheri Magistrate Court Complex today.

25th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Colombo Municipal Council in aid of their COVID19 response. The kits were handed over to the Mayor of Colombo, Rosy Senanayake, the Colombo Municipal Commissioner, Roshanie Dissanayake, and to the Chief Medical Officer of Health CMC, Dr. R.L.DE S. Wijayamuni by the member of the SLRCS Central Governing Board, Dr. Amila Kankanamge.

22nd May 2020 – Today the Deputy Director-General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Aruna Lekamge, handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Security and Engineer Services Branch of the Sri Lanka Army upon their request.

21st May 2020 – In order to assist the medical professionals during this COVID19 epidemic, our Vavuniya Branch deployed its volunteers to lend the necessary administrative support to the District General Hospital in Vavuniya this week.

20th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society implemented its food pack distribution campaign, with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Colombo today – targeting the most vulnerable families in light of the COVID19 crisis. The event was graced by the Honorary President of the SLRCS, the ICRC Head of Delegation, and the Chairman of the SLRCS Colombo branch.

 

20th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Director of the National Dental Hospital of Sri Lanka.

19th May 2020 – Personal protective equipment (PPE) kits were handed over to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, by the Central Governing Board Member of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Dr. Amila Kankanamge today.

18th May 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society resumed its island-wide initiative for the second week to provide dry ration packs and food vouchers for the most vulnerable households in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. This initiative is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

UPDATE #8

17th May 2020 – Our Colombo branch proceeded with its Disinfection Programme at the Central Bus Stand today.

16th May 2020 – In order to assist the health professionals on the front lines of the COVID19 epidemic, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Wathupitiwala District Base Hospital as part of its ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign today.

15th May 2020 – As part of our ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Director of the Horana Base Hospital yesterday.

15th May 2020 – In light of the ongoing COVID19 crisis, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society engaged in an island-wide initiative to provide dry ration packs to the high-risk districts of Jaffna, Puttalam, Kalutara, and Kandy, while food vouchers were also distributed to the remaining districts. Supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross, this initiative targeted 7200 households and aimed at assisting the marginalized and those rendered highly vulnerable by the pandemic.

15th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Commissioner of Supply and the Commissioner of Rehabilitation at the Sri Lankan Department of Prisons.

UPDATE #7

13th May 2020 – Today personal protective equipment (PPE) kits were handed over to the Acting Chief of Defence Staff and the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, by the Deputy Director-General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Aruna Lekamge. The programme is in place with the media partnership of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation.

11th May 2020 – Disinfection activities were carried out by our Kegalle branch in the premises of the Department of Motor Traffic, the Provincial Agriculture office, Land Registry office, Coconut Cultivation Board, the Labour Office and the Divisional Secretariat in Kegalle.

11th May 2020 – As part of our Suwa Viru Garu Saru campaign, the SLRCS handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Ragama Hospital today.

10th May 2020 – Disinfection activities were carried out by our Colombo branch at the Department of Meteorology, the Gunasinghepura Central Bus Stand, the Ratmalana Divisional Secretariat and the Ayurvedic Hospital in Moratuwa. Public transportation vehicles were also disinfected in the process.

 

9th May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over protective face shields to the Sri Lankan Special Task Force to aid in their COVID19 response.

7th May 2020 – In order to assist the health authorities during this critical time, our Vavuniya branch has deployed its volunteers to the Vavuniya General Hospital to support the hospital staff in its administrative procedures.

6th May 2020 – Our Colombo branch engaged in disinfecting the premises of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya today.

5th May 2020 – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, our Colombo branch engaged in the disinfection of the Battaramulla courts and the court complexes in Borella, Nugegoda, Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana, Moratuwa, Kaduwela, Homagama, and Avissawella today.

4th May 2020 – Disinfection activities were carried out by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka within the police stations of Kandy, Rathnapura and Jaffna today.

4th May 2020 – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society engaged in the disinfection of the Attorney General’s Department, District Courts, High Courts, Supreme Court, Chief Magistrate’s Court, Sri Lanka Law College, Lawyers Complexes, Traffic Court and the Ministry of Justice today. The Central Bus Stand in Jaffna was also disinfected today.

3rd May 2020 – As part of our Suwa Viru Garu Saru campaign, the SLRCS handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Apeksha Maharagama Cancer Hospital today.

2nd  May 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Special Task Force of Sri Lanka to assist them in their COVID19 response.

2nd May 2020 – Today our Colombo branch proceeded with its Disinfection Programme within the premises of the Ranaviru Seva Authority, the Dematagoda Public Market and the Railway Stations at Baseline Road & Dematagoda.

1st May 2020 – Our Colombo branch engaged in disinfection activities within the premises of the Sri Lankan Department of Technical Education and Training today.

1st May 2020 – Disinfection activities were carried out by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka within the police stations of Jaffna and Kandy today.

30th April 2020 – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society resumed its Disinfection Programme at the Attorney General’s Department and the Fingerprint Bureau of the Sri Lankan Police Department.

30th April 2020 – As part of our Suwa Viru Garu Saru campaign, the SLRCS handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Minuwangoda Base Hospital and the Kiribathgoda Base Hospital.

UPDATE #6

29th April 2020 – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society proceeded with its Disinfection Programme within the premises of the Mount Lavinia Court Complex today.

29th April 2020 – In line with its ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign to assist the country’s medical professionals at the front lines of the COVID19 epidemic, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over essential personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Health Department of Sri Lanka today.

28th April 2020 – With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society resumed its Disinfection Programme within the premises of the Chief Magistrate’s Court at Hulftsdorp Colombo 12 today.

UPDATE #5

27th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society proceeded with its Disinfection Programme in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka in the districts of Jaffna, Kandy, and Colombo today.

27th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society engaged in disinfection activities in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and the Fort Magistrates Court today.

 

26th April 2020 – Disinfection activities were carried out by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka in Puttalam and Kandy today.

25th April 2020 – The ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign, spearheaded by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, aims at providing our noble medical professionals with the protective equipment that they desperately require during this COVID19 epidemic. In light of this, the SLRCS handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Director of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital today.

 

24th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society advanced in its Disinfection Programme in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka in the districts of Jaffna, Kandy, and Kalutara today.

 

24th April 2020 – As part of our Suwa Viru Garu Saru campaign, the SLRCS handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the District Hospital Wethara and the Public Health Inspectors of Piliyandala and Kahathuduwa today.

 

23rd April 2020 – In partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society resumed its disinfection activities within the districts of Colombo, Kandy, Kalutara, Puttalam and Jaffna today.

 

22nd April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society proceeded with its Disinfection Programme in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka in the districts of Colombo, Jaffna, Gampaha, and Kalutara today.

 

21st April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society resumed its Disinfection Programme, in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka, within the public areas of Puttalam, Gampaha, Kalutara, and Kandy today.

20th April 2020 – Phase 2 of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Disinfection Programme, in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka, progressed in full swing across the districts of Colombo, Kalutara, and Jaffna today.

20th April 2020 – During this critical time, our Kandy branch has deployed its volunteers to assist the hospital staff in administrative procedures of the Kandy General Hospital as requested.

20th April 2020 – Today the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Deputy Director of the Colombo General Hospital, Dr. Chandana Gajanayake in order to support the medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic.

18th April 2020 – President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Mr. Jagath Abeysinghe called on the Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Archbishop’s house earlier today. President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to His Eminence upon the latter’s request in order to support the Catholic Church’s safety measures against COVID 19. Discussions were also held to carry out SLRCS disinfection activities within the Bishop House and areas of similar interest.

16th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka, commenced its district-wide task of disinfecting the police Stations of Jaffna.

16th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, in partnership with Dettol Sri Lanka, engaged in disinfecting the Colombo-Gunasinghapura Bus Stand as per the instructions of the Dam Street Police Station due to the crowds of people present in the vicinity.

UPDATE #4 –

16th April 2020 – Today the President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Commissioner, Mr. K.D.C.S. Kumaratunga, in order to assist the Ayurvedic hospitals and doctors in their healing mission to combat COVID-19.

16th April 2020 – Disinfection activities carried out by the SLRCS within the police stations of Colombo.

16th April 2020 – Our team undertook the task of disinfecting the police stations within the Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha districts this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka and Ceypetco for supporting us in this endeavor!

14th April – Launched the TELECROSS Service, A hotline number was introduced to provide Psychosocial Support for those who need it.

11th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits and N95 Masks for the All Island Public Health Inspectors Association in support of COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka. President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Mr. Jagath Abeysinghe handed over the supplies to the chairman of the All-Island PHI Association Mr. Upul Rohana at Red Cross Society National Headquarters today (11th April).

11th April 2020 –  Our team took measures to disinfect the Biyagama Police station this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka and Ceypetco for supporting us in this endeavor!

9th April 2020 – Our team took measures to disinfect the Horana Police station this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka and Ceypetcoo for supporting us in this endeavor!

8th April 2020 –  Introduced  the Restoring Family Links Hotline to support those who have lost contact with their loved ones due to COVID-19

8th April 2020 –  SLRCS handed over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits to The Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital and the Department of Anesthesia of the Colombo General Hospital.

UPDATE #3 – 

7th April 2020 – The President of the Sri Lankan Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to Public Health Inspectors of Colombo to assist in their COVID19 preventive initiatives. President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Jagath Abeysinghe handed over these PPE Kits to a group of Public Health Inspectors at the Red Cross NHQ yesterday.

7th April 2020 – Our team took measures to disinfect the Kollupitiya Police station this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka and Ceypetco for supporting us in this endeavor!


7th April 2020 – Yesterday the SLRCS, in partnership with CAMSO Loadstar and the Chairman of ESOFT Metro Campus, Dr. Dayan Rajapakse, donated personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the National Corona Testing Lab at the Sri Jayawardenapura University.

6th April 2020 – The Sri Lanka Red Cross commenced our disinfection program in the police stations of the Kalutara district and resumed the task for the fifth day within Colombo as well. We are grateful for the support of Dettol Sri Lanka.

6th April 2020 – The President of the Sri Lankan Red Cross Society handed over personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Sri Lankan Special Task Force to assist in their COVID19 preventive initiatives.

6th April 2020 – Our team took measures to disinfect the Kirulapona Police station this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka for supporting us in this endeavor!

5th April 2020 – Our volunteers and staff members throughout the branches of Nuwara Eliya, Trincomalee and Vavuniya have distributed dry food packs to families that have been rendered extremely vulnerable due to the COVID19 epidemic.

5th April 2020 – Our team took measures to disinfect the Boralesgamuwa Police station this morning. We are grateful to Dettol Sri Lanka and Ceypetco for supporting us in this endeavor!


UPDATE #2 –  (3rd April 2020) Sri Lanka Red Cross Society donated 500 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to the Director of the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Dr A.M.Hasitha Aththanayake, as part of our ‘Suwa Viru Garu Saru’ campaign. The PPE kits were handed over by the SLRCS President, Mr Jagath Abeysinghe and our campaign partner Lion Arjun Abeysinghe. This campaign aims to donate 100,000 of these critically essential PPE kits to our selfless medical professionals during this epidemic.

Colombo branch initiated a program to disinfect all the police stations within the Western Province. This demarcates the initial step taken by the organization in this preventive initiative. Thank you Dettol Sri Lanka for supporting us!

Our Nuwara Eliya branch began a district-wide initiative to disinfect the settlements in the surrounding estate areas in light of the prevailing epidemic.

 

UPDATE #1 – 1st April 2020 – In solidarity with the Sri Lanka Red Cross ‘Sura Viru Garu Saru’ campaign, the President of the Sri Lanka China Business Council, Thulitha Mendis, donated 6500 face masks to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) yesterday.

 

The Sri Lanka Red Cross persists in its endeavor to raise awareness through the mobilization of its 25 branches across the island – the goals of promoting personal hygiene and respiratory hygiene being among the primary ones. Various communication materials regarding the methods of curtailing the epidemic have been distributed widely for the purpose of educating the public. Similar tasks have also been carried out by the organization in relation to governmental authorities like the Ministry of Health and the Sri Lanka Police.

In addition to this, tokens of personal protection equipment (including but not limited to, protective kits and masks) have been disbursed to the relevant governmental institutions like the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) and Base Hospitals throughout the country. This initiative was undertaken by the Sri Lankan Red Cross to provide assistance to those professionals heavily engaged in combatting the coronavirus epidemic.

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