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The United States has announced the commitment of more than $4.5 million to help Sri Lanka in its fight against COVID-19 bringing the total U.S. contribution to $5.8 million.

 “This assistance continues the long tradition of U.S. support for Sri Lanka's security and sovereignty,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz.  “Over the past 20 years, U.S. assistance in Sri Lanka has totaled more than $1 billion, including $26 million for health.”
This assistance, channeled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), includes $2 million to increase social services for areas and populations most impacted by the crisis, and support for activities that build social cohesion. Another $2 million will strengthen small and medium enterprises and increase women’s economic participation.  As part of the newly-announced assistance, the United States is also providing $590,000 in humanitarian assistance that will support vulnerable people during the pandemic.
This new assistance builds on the $1.3 million in health assistance the U.S. Embassy announced on April 9, which is helping the government prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, and support technical experts for response and preparedness.  U.S. assistance is also enabling Sri Lanka to conduct communicate more effectively about the risk of infection and prevent and control infectious diseases in health facilities.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has committed more than $775 million globally in emergency health, humanitarian, economic and development assistance. This is on top of the funding the U.S. Government has already provided multilateral and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are helping communities around the world to deal with the pandemic.  Months into fighting COVID-19 at home and abroad, the United States remains the largest single country donor to the response efforts globally.

In addition to this direct U.S. government funding, our All-of-America approach is helping people around the world through the generosity of American private businesses, nonprofit groups, charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, and individuals. Together, Americans have committed an estimated nearly $6.5 billion in government and non-government donations and assistance in the global COVID-19 response.

  Comments - 8

  • Sokrates Wednesday, 06 May 2020 03:01 PM

    $2 million to increase social services means presents for Mahinda's voters. $2 million will strengthen small and medium enterprises means for Namal's companies. $590,000 in humanitarian assistance that will support vulnerable people during the pandemic means the Rajapaksa family members who are older than 60.

    S.Vivekananthan Wednesday, 06 May 2020 04:15 PM

    Aiyo what to do? No ship or airplane from US to bring down $ 4.5 million ! Any possibility of bringing it down by Golden Donkey (Ratharang Booruwa) ?

    Citizen Lanka Wednesday, 06 May 2020 04:49 PM

    Shall we as public keep a record of these foreign grants. Otherwise, we may again be told that 'not a single cent has been received'

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:03 PM


    Dravid Brohier Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:19 PM

    Do you think this will also have to come by ship? which means might take a long time for sure no?

    DEA Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:42 PM

    Haha this bugger Raththaran will run to the port again now!!... waiting for another $$$ ship....

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 06 May 2020 06:59 PM

    Do not give too much with Rajapakse's in power, it can go into their pockets instead of the people.

    Lakminiha Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:15 PM

    When can we expect the shipment to reach Colombo?

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