Second consignment of urgent medicines from Heart-to-Heart International US to Sri Lanka

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. continues its joint efforts in obtaining essential medicines to Sri

Sri Lanka Ambassador in the 

US Mahinda Samarasinghe

Lanka from non-governmental organisations in the United States. 

Under the guidance of Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe, and the Embassy as the key facilitating body, Heart-to-Heart International, a renowned global humanitarian organisation is yet again providing a second successive in-kind donation of urgent medicinal items worth an approximate of $ 6,689,985 (i.e., Rs. 2,475,294,450) to the people of Sri Lanka. 

With the coordination of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka, the most urgent medicines will be sent via air at the very earliest, while the remaining will be sent via sea to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Similar to the first donation, all expenses will be borne by Heart-to-Heart International, and the Ministry of Health will receive the second donation for immediate distribution at no cost to the people of Sri Lanka. 

His Excellency the Ambassador, this Embassy and the Ministry of Health would like to reiterate our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Heart-to-Heart International in their continuous efforts and commitment to assist the people of Sri Lanka at this critical juncture. 

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, Heart-to-Heart International (HHI) is a global humanitarian organisation focused on improving access to health. Since its inception in 1992, HHI has delivered medical aid and supplies worth $ 2.4 billion to more than 130 countries, including within the United States. 

HHI responds to natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilising volunteers. The organisation is a four-star Charity Navigator charity, a BBB Accredited charity and is on the “Philanthropy 400.”

The first donation by Heart-to-Heart International was worth $ 908,547, reached Colombo via air on 13 July and was safely collected by officials from the Ministry of Health in Colombo for further distribution. This makes a total contribution of $7,598,532 worth of urgent medical aid donations that Heart-to-Heart International has made to Sri Lanka, in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.