Italy pledges Rs 125M in medical aid

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In the wake of difficulties experienced by Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Italy in Colombo has announced that the Republic of Italy will be granting an in-kind emergency contribution to Sri Lanka of around Rs 125 million for the purchase of medicine and medical equipment.

The contribution will be channelled through the Italian Bilateral Emergency Fund at the World Health Organisation (WHO) and will allow payment to suppliers abroad directly as per planned procurement by MoH in line with supply-chain management processes.

An Embassy release said this emergency aid measure comes within the framework of the traditional strong partnership between Italy and Sri Lanka. “In the past, Italy has always been ready to support Sri Lanka whenever the country was in need, including in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. In addition, Italy has supported initiatives aimed at strengthening the agriculture sector (ICEI/Institute for International Economic Cooperation project in the Moneragala area and “Small holder productivity enhancement in Sri Lankan agriculture” project, currently under discussion) and providing professional training to young Sri Lankans (“SPOSA” project for social workers and care takers in the Chilaw area),” the release added.