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ChildFund Sri Lanka launches ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ fundraiser

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Matching one-to-one donations supporting COVID-19 Emergency Relief

ChildFund Sri Lanka understands the road to recovery from COVID-19 pandemic is long and grueling and Sri Lankan communities need help more than ever before.

Inviting the public to join hands as stakeholders in supporting relief requirements stemming from COVID-19 and also supporting the country’s future development requirements, ChildFund Sri Lanka launched its unique ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ fundraiser platform recently.

ChildFund Sri Lanka is committing a one-to-one match for all donations received through the Sri Lanka Gives Back fundraiser. For every donation received either in the form of cash or medical equipment pledged, ChildFund Sri Lanka will donate a similar amount in cash or purchase necessary medical equipment.

ChildFund Sri Lanka invites corporates, the public and like-minded groups or individuals to get involved and partner with them on this journey and generously contribute towards this worthy cause, especially to help keep children and their families safe from the effects of the devastating third COVID-19 wave.

Based on its COVID-19 Response Plan, ChildFund Sri Lanka will implement a series of interventions during the next four months, offering a lifeline to those affected as a result of the pandemic. Funds collected from the fundraiser ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ will be utilised to support these communities.

Through these interventions, ChildFund Sri Lanka aims to reach over 200,000 children and their families in its program areas. This includes 226 Grama Niladari divisions in 11 districts. Through ChildFund Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 emergency relief, over 500,000 individuals will benefit on a national scale.

Explaining the initiatives, Nalaka Siriwardena, Country Manager, ChildFund Sri Lanka said, “COVID-19 as a global pandemic is threatening children and their families, creating massive disruption in their lives especially in healthcare, education, access to basic needs and services and social interaction. Our ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ fundraiser will enable prompt and comprehensive interventions to mitigate these impacts. We invite the public, individuals and other stakeholders to engage and partner in ChildFund’s emergency COVID-19 relief activities and also future programs towards the development of the country.”

Assisting communities in need, ChildFund Sri Lanka is providing essential foods, dry rations, medicine, masks, sanitizers etc., to the most affected families. These recipients are those inadequately supported through other food distribution programmes.

Recognizing that doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are at the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and rely greatly on personal protective equipment, ChildFund Sri Lanka is distributing vital lifesaving equipment, safety gears, and disinfectant for strengthening health and hygiene services.

ChildFund Sri Lanka is also supporting the Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Hospital to establish a temporary COVID-19 treatment center to improve health facilities in its fight against the virus. Support to setting-up of other centers in rural hospitals is also planned in the future.

Supporting pandemic affected families revive their livelihoods, ChildFund Sri Lanka is also supporting these families in self-employment and income generation activities amidst the new norm.

ChildFund Sri Lanka is appreciative of the willing support to-date of all their magnanimous donors including Global Shapers Kandy Hub, Headstart Pvt. Ltd, John Keells Foundation, Leo Club of Colombo Fort and the Rotaract Club of University Alumni.

Helping the nation and all communities affected by this unprecedented health crisis, ChildFund Sri Lanka is looking to support more projects on a needs basis in the future.

For more information and details of ChildFund Sri Lanka’s ‘Sri Lanka Gives Back’ and ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan’, interested parties may contact Ruwantha Katugaha on +94 716446683 or email rkatugaha@childfund.org

 

 



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Washington will continue to support Lanka’s fight against Covid-19

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US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz explaining a point to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Aebywardena during their meeting yesterday.

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz yesterday said that the US would continue to support Sri Lanka’s fight against Covid-19 through the COVAX facility.

She made the pledge during a courtesy call on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday, Parliament sources said.

Marcus Carpenter, Deputy Chief of political division and Kushani Rohanadeera, Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament and Chief of Staff were also present at the meeting which was held at the Speaker’s Office in Parliament.

A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed between Sri Lanka and the US, including diplomatic and economic matters. Furthermore, the future intended investments of the United States in Sri Lanka for the future of the energy sector were also discussed, sources said.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka expressed how pleased she was over the steps taken to establish a Special Committee for the purpose of reforming the current electoral system in Sri Lanka and the steps taken by Parliament to re-establish the Sectoral Oversight Committees of Parliament.

The Ambassador also informed the Speaker that the US continues to support the development of Sri Lanka and protect democracy in the face of COVID faced by the whole world.

 

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Institute of Chemistry organises webinar on ‘Genes, Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccines’

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Arrangements have been made by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon to conduct a webinar on “Genes, Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccines” with the intention of disseminating awareness on the widely spread COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination.

The webinar will be held via zoom from 8.30 am to 12.00 noon on Sept 4, a press release issued by the Institute said yesterday.

It said: The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan, China, has claimed countless lives within a span of two years causing significant damage to the world’s population and the global economy. Within the passage of a year, the emergence of changing COVID-19 variants with higher transmissibility, increased fatality was discovered around the globe. Currently, Sri Lanka is fighting the third wave of coronavirus and there has been an increase in the number of cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of coronavirus across the country.

With the current situation, the need and importance of vaccination has become a vital tool in the battle against coronavirus. Vaccines save millions of lives each year and the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a huge step taken forward in the effort to end the pandemic. Misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines provided by different information channels have led to hesitations in accepting the COVID-19 vaccine among the population. This seminar will provide information on COVID-19 vaccines currently available and will be an immense help to clear any doubt with regards to COVID-19 vaccines.

The programme hopes to cover topics such as “Genomics of COVID-19” by Dr. Sameera. R. Samarakoon. “COVID-19 and Nutrition” by Prof. Ranil Jayawardena, “Immune response in COVID- 19: friend or foe” by Dr. Narmada Fernando, “COVID-19 Vaccine: What is Best” by Prof. Chandima Jeewandra and “Concluding Remarks and a Q&A session” by Prof. Nimal Punyasiri. The seminar will be moderated by Prof. Chayanika Padumadasa.

You can register to this webinar by visiting the IchemC website (ichemc.edu.lk) while more information can be obtained by contacting the Institute at 011-2861231. Also you may obtain information by sending an email to covidseminar21@gmail.com

For more details, please contact Ms. Nishadi (077 730 6270) / Ms. Shanali (076 553 2142)

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COVID Shield app introduced to Sri Lanka to fight against COVID-19 pandemic

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Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) and the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) have introduced the COVID Shield app to Sri Lanka to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID Shield App allows users to assess their lung health on a regular basis to identify deteriorations associated with COVID-19 early.

The app uses the in-built sound recording features of a smartphone to analyze the breathing sounds and gather additional data when the user performs several simple tests to determine breathing performance.

The app tracks lung health along with other symptoms to support identifying COVID-19 related deterioration early.

In addition to identifying the state of lung health, COVID Shield is also capable of providing the users with alerts based on overall assessment of his or her symptoms. Based on these alerts, the users can take the next step without delaying seeking medical advice. The users will also receive COVID-19 related health education and latest statistics from reliable sources on his or her dashboard.

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