Given Sri Lanka’s economic crisis and its ramifications for various sectors, including health, the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) has been actively supporting the government’s efforts.
Aside from the A-PAD Sri Lanka platform, its regional platforms have also generously contributed to the Island.
A-PAD Bangladesh, in collaboration with Community Initiative Society (CIS) and Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCHT), provided significant funding for the acquisition of pediatric oncology priorities, with a focus on the health and safety of Sri Lankan children.
A-PAD Sri Lanka coordinated this goodwill gesture, which was facilitated by the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.
A-PAD Representatives from Bangladesh handed over a shipment of vital and essential medicine to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat for use by hospitals overseen by the Ministry of Health.
Representatives from A-PAD Bangladesh, CIS, and DCHT visited the country in honor of the occasion, as did Mr. Palitha Wickramage from the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Maj. Gen. Sudantha Ranasinghe – Director General, DMC, and Mr. Firzan Hashim – Country Director, A-PAD SL.
During the subsequent discussion, Mr. Wickramage and Maj. Gen. Ranasinghe expressed their heartfelt appreciation to A-PAD Bangladesh for their prompt assistance and generosity in providing prioritized medicine for children.
The medicine was handed over to the Director of Medical Technology Services at the Ministry of Health for inventory and distribution among hospitals.
The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD), headquartered in Japan, aims to coordinate and support disaster preparedness, mitigation, disaster risk reduction, capacity building, and relief activities throughout the Asia Pacific region.
A-PAD is a transnational organization with its headquarters in Japan, and in addition to Sri Lanka, the platform has five other member countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, and Nepal.