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‘US, Sri Lanka working together to beat COVID-19 pandemic’

Donation of fingertip pulse oximeters, emergency supplies
U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Martin Kelly making a symbolic presentation to Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe.
U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Martin Kelly making a symbolic presentation to Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe.

The United States and Sri Lanka have worked closely together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic since its outset,” said U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Martin Kelly.

He was speaking on the occasion to hand over the donation of critically needed emergency supplies, including pulse oximeters, protective goggles, examination gloves, and KN95 masks - all of it donated by the American people at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka to Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr.S.H. Munasinghe.

The donation arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake on Saturday.

“We recognise the serious personal toll of the pandemic. At the Government’s request, we’re providing these urgently needed supplies to the Ministry of Health to ensure they reach those in need as fast as possible,” Kelly said.

The shipment of these emergency relief supplies follows the White House announcement last Thursday that the United States will make available nearly 7 million vaccine doses for countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Sri Lanka. Since March 2020, the United States has provided $6 million, plus an in-kind donation of 200 ventilators, to control the spread of COVID-19, address the urgent health needs of the Sri Lankan people, and ultimately save lives. This assistance has reached millions of people in all 25 districts and nine provinces of Sri Lanka to mobilize critical supplies and expertise to support the Sri Lankan Government’s response to the pandemic. This funding is also helping to mitigate the pandemic’s negative economic impacts and help the country recover.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested over $26 million in the past 20 years to improve the health and well-being of Sri Lankan families and to combat diseases like malaria, avian influenza, and now, COVID-19. This is one component of the longstanding partnership between the American and Sri Lankan people to support self-reliance and promote economic growth.

The USAID’s programme in Sri Lanka, totaling more than 350 billion LKR ($2 billion) since 1961, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed population. To find out more about USAID’s work, please see

The United States has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Sri Lanka for more than 70 years. In recognition of its strong and long-standing partnership with Sri Lanka, the United States is delivering emergency supplies to provide urgent relief as Sri Lanka faces an increase in COVID-19 cases. This includes vital personal protective equipment and other critical supplies to support frontline health care workers and people most affected by the current outbreak. The shipment of these emergency relief supplies follows the White House announcement last Thursday that the United States will make available nearly 7 million vaccine doses for countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Sri Lanka.

At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, the United States is providing these urgently needed supplies to the Ministry of Health to ensure they reach those in need as fast as possible. They include: 240,000 KN95 masks to protect both patients and Sri Lankan health care personnel; as well as 40,000 protective goggles; and 600,000 pairs of large, medium, and small examination gloves.

This donation also included 1,200 fingertip pulse oximeters plus batteries to measure oxygen levels in a patient’s blood to determine whether a higher level of care is needed.


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