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COVID Assistance Appeal for Sri Lanka: Donations needed

Donations for the following equipment are urgently required:

Neonatal Ventilator: Urgently required by Kanthale Hospital ( AUD 18,727.45)

 

Pressure Relief Gel Pads: Urgently requested by many intensive care units – large quantities required (priced from AUD 64.00 -250.00 each)

Non Rebreather Masks: Urgently required in many hospitals (AUD 6.00 / Rs 700.00 each from SL)

 

Thank you generous contributors

The AUSLMAT SRI LANKA COVID ASSISTANCE APPEAL was initiated on 30 May 2021, in response to many requests from Sri Lankan public hospitals for medical assistance to combat the escalating COVID crisis across the country. With immense community enthusiasm and support, we have been able to raise over AUD 130,000 (Rs 19.1 Million)!

Your generous support allowed the purchase of desperately needed medical equipment.

COVID positive patient managed using the CPAP device, masks and syringe drive donated by AUSLMAT, at Dehiattakandiya Base Hospital, Ampara District (published with permission)

Donations of the following equipment were gratefully received:

  • Four used AIRVO’s and 2 CPAP machines from Monash Health
  • Four CPAP machines from Sleep Matters
  • 13 CPAP machines with accessories from Austin Health Sleep lab
  • Diabetes testing equipment
  • Infusion sets from Braun
  • Hudson masks from Tecmedic
  • One new AIRVO+ accessories and O2 concentrator from SCCSF
  • Three (used) cardiac monitors from St. John of God Hospital

 

All hospitals have confirmed that all equipment has been received, and registered with the respective hospital Inventories.  Warranty and maintenance for the equipment sent from Australia have been covered by the Biomedical Dept, in the Health Ministry.

 

We have assisted the following hospitals:

[1] Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and Methsiri Sewana Covid Treatment Centre 
  • Four Phillips G30 multipara monitors
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae (x 20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Two Optimum Exceed glucometers with ketone strips
  • Two Oxygen Concentrators (10L)
  • RESMED STELLAR biPAP unit with x5 leak port valves, x5 grey tubing, 6 masks, instruction DVD and warranty card and box of Filters (x50)
  • One (used) AIRVO 2 with Optiflow cannulae

[2] Bandarawela Hospital 
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae (x 20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Two Optimum Exceed glucometers with strips
  • Two Oxygen Concentrators (10L)
  • RESMED STELLAR biPAP unit with x5 leak port valves, x5 grey tubing, 6 masks, instruction DVD and warranty card and box of Filters (x50)
  • One (used) AIRVO 2 with Optiflow cannulae

[3] Kamburugamuwa New District Hospital, Matara.
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae (x  20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Two Optimum Exceed glucometers with strips
  • Two Oxygen Concentrators (10L)
  • RESMED STELLAR biPAP unit with x5 leak port valves, x5 grey tubing, 6 masks, instruction DVD and warranty card and box of Filters (x50)
  • One (used) AIRVO 2  with Optiflow cannula

 

Dr Sanjeewa Amadoru (Assistant Medical Director) and Dr Chamidu Weerasinghe (Anaesthetist) at Kamburugamuwa Hospital accepting the equipment sent by AUSLMAT.

 

[4] Kosgama Divisional Hospital
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae (x 20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Glucometer with strips
  • Three Oxygen Concentrators (10L)
  • Box of nasal cannulae (x50), oxygen delivery masks

[5] District General Hospital, Negombo.   
  • Three Oxygen Concentrators (10L)
  • Box of nasal cannulae (x50) , oxygen delivery masks
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Two used CPAP machines, adult and paediatric masks
  • Glucometer and lancets

[6] Kegalle District Hospital
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae (x 20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Glucometer with strips
  • Extra box of heated breathing tubes x10 units for Airvo
  • One used AIRVO with 4 nasal cannulae and 6 heated breathing tubes.
  • Two used CPAP machines, adult and paediatric masks, glucometer and lancets

[7] Dehiattakandiya Hospital                   
  • One used CPAP machine with masks
  • 10 Oximeters
  • Glucometer and lancets
  • Four SK infusion pumps
  • Four SK syringe pumps
  • One oxygen concentrator(10L)
  • One ICU monitor
  • One blood gas analyser
Dr Malaka Udugamage and the other doctors at DH with the equipment sent from here and bought in SL.

[8] Wethara Hospital
  • One Oxygen Concentrator (10L) and a box of 50 nasal cannulae
Dr Aruna Kumarasinghe and staff at Wethara Hospital with equipment sent by AUSLMAT.
[9] General Hospital, Chilaw
  • Two Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae ( x 40) and heated breathing tubes (x 40), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • Two used CPAP machines with 6 non-vent masks

 

 [10]  Pimbura Base Hospital
  • One Fisher and Paykel AIRVO 2 unit with Optiflow nasal cannulae ( x 20) and heated breathing tubes (x 20), mounting tray, Mobile pole
  • Two used CPAP machines with 6 non-vent masks

 

[11] Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya (Sent to  Prof Vasanthi Pinto to distribute to rural centres)
  • 10 (used) CPAP machines with tubing
  • 3 boxes of bacterial filters for masks
  • 95 Non- vent CPAP /biPAP masks
  • 50 regular biPAP /CPAP masks for adults and paeds
  • 200 infusion pump sets
  • 250 nasal oxygen cannulae with tubing
  • 12 additional Airvo chambers
  • Diabetes testing / treatment equipment (> 500 pen needles, x13 Optium Exceed glucometers, x2 fast clix, x2 insulin delivery pens, x2 cooler packs, x3 boxes of softclix (x200 in each box)
Wathupitiwela Hospital – donation of 2 infusion pumps
[12] One multipara monitor donated to NHSL Colombo, Army Hospital and Kalubowila hospital
National Hospital, Colombo- donation of multipara monitor
Army Hospital – donation of multipara monitor
Kalubowila Hospital – donation of multipara monitor

 

[13] Pentax portable bronchoscope ordered for Ratnapura hospital

 

Partnering community groups:

  1. Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara, Berwick
  2. Buddhist Temple Daham Niketanaya, Yuroke
  3. Dhamma Sarana Temple /BSAV, Keysborough
  4. Sinhala Cultural and Community Services Foundation
  5. OAAV (Ananda Old Boy’s Association, Victoria)
  6. Lak Medura Foundation, Craigieburn
  7. Devi Balika OGA, Sydney
  8. Lakhanda Media Centre
  9. Lion’s Club, Dandenong

 

Our sincere gratitude goes out to all the businesses and individuals who have made generous contributions towards our appeal.

**UPDATE** 31/05 ASSISTANCE FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN SRI LANKA DURING THE COVID CRISIS

AUSLMAT has provided emergency medical assistance to Sri Lanka since the 2004 Tsunami, and our voluntary specialist medical teams have visited SL over 16 times since, providing teaching, training and medical assistance to rural hospitals and communities. AUSLMAT has played a pivotal role in funding the new Accident & Emergency Department at the Karapitiya Hospital and establishing the Coronary Care unit there with funds obtained from the Victorian Government and other donors. (Please visit our website: https://auslmat.org for details of our previous activities)

We have continued to offer our support to the local healthcare system in the recent years by providing resources to the Rajarata University medical library and a large refrigeration facility to Padukka Divisional Hospital. Last week we bought four Phillips G30 monitors for Anuradhapura Teaching hospital and the newly established Methsirisewana COVID referral center from our existing funds.

Photo: Handing over of the Phillips cardiac monitors to Prof. Sisira Siribaddana, Rajarata University.

We have received a number of urgent requests for assistance from hospital staff all over Sri Lanka in the past few weeks as essential medical supplies and equipment are mostly out of stock at local dealers. Therefore with the support of the community living in Melbourne, we are keen to raise funds to purchase much needed respiratory support equipment for emergency and critical care departments and newly established COVID treatment centers all across Sri Lanka. So far with your support we have been able to secure four Fisher & Paykel AIRVO-2 High Flow Oxygen Delivery Systems and 5 Oxygen concentrators and this week we are hoping to purchase as many items as our funds would facilitate, such as hospital-grade biPAP machines, ventilators, HDU / ICU monitors, ICU beds and IV infusion sets. The equipment will be sent to Sri Lanka on a returning Air Lanka flight, which will be coordinated via the Consulate General of SL in Melbourne and distributed to designated COVID treatment facilities across Sri Lanka via the Ministry of Health. Our organization is registered as a not-for-profit charity in Australia, and therefore donations are tax- deductible and 100% of the funds go towards the purchase of medical equipment, with no administrative costs.

There are a number of ways you could contribute to our project:

  1. Individuals wishing to make personal donations can donate using the “Donate Now” icon on our website: https://auslmat.org, and they will receive a receipt automatically which can be used for taxation purposes.
  2. Organizations wishing to make group donations for a particular item can contact me directly (contact details below), and I am happy to provide quotes for a particular item/s. Payments can be made directly to the dealer, or through our organization.
  3. If organizations wish to transfer the money to our account to purchase particular items from a quote, please email me the following details:
    • Group/Individual names of donors who wish to be included in the thank you letter
    • Names and email addresses of individuals needing individual tax receipts (with the amount donated)
    • Total amount transferred by the group and
    • If you would like it to be sent to a particular COVID centre in Sri Lanka

 

Dr. Erosha Premaratne , on behalf of the AUSLMAT team

Email AUSLMAT team on admin@auslmat.org.

My tel: 0437321105

ASSISTANCE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN SRI LANKA DURING THE COVID CRISIS

Raising funds to purchase cardiac monitors for Emergency Departments and High Dependency Units in SL

The number of new COVID -19 cases in Sri Lanka has been reaching new highs, reporting more than 1,700 new cases and 5-12 deaths each day for the past few days.  The public healthcare system is stretched to its limits and may have to face even bigger challenges as this crisis continues, with shortages in medical equipment, critical care facilities and essential medical supplies.

Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team (AUSLMAT) is hoping to raise funds within the Australian community to purchase much needed cardiac monitors for emergency and critical care departments for hospitals all across Sri Lanka. Many emergency departments in public hospitals in Sri Lanka are severely under-resourced in terms of the number of cardiac monitors they require to monitor the clinical status of patients, and there’s a growing demand for such equipment during the current crisis. These devices are used to monitor patients’ blood pressure, oxygen levels and heart rhythm. Many may not be aware of the fact that more than a third of patients who become critically unwell from COVID die from heart related complications, such as heart attacks, heart failure and sudden cardiac death.

Currently, 12 Phillips G30E cardiac monitors are available from NexGen Healthcare and each is valued at Rs 400,000 ( AUD 2625/=) and we are hoping to purchase as many of them as our funds would facilitate.

Please contact the AUSLMAT team on admin@auslmat.org if you wish to discuss this matter further. Otherwise, a donation through our website would be greatly appreciated.

KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL (KKS) PROJECT IN TISSAMAHARAMA, SRI LANKA

Many families in Sri Lanka are going through extreme financial hardship at present, particularly those who rely on daily wages. Some children in these families will be forced to leave school to earn a living, their basic right to finish their education being stolen from them.The KKS (Keep Kids in School) program was commenced in July 2020 under the auspices of the Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team, with the aim of financially supporting the educational needs of a group of such vulnerable children in remote villages around Tissamaharama.

The aim of the project is to ensure that these children complete school up to the Advanced Level exam, by having their educational costs met by sponsorship (estimated as AUD 10 a month, or AUD 120 per year) – 100% of donations will go towards the educational expenses of the sponsored children, such as stationary, school shoes and uniforms. There are no administrative costs involved and all payments are tax-deductible.

The project is coordinated locally by Mr. Hilary Mathiasz, a retired school teacher, and Mr. Sandeep of SVS Bookshop in Tissa.

Sponsors are most welcome to maintain personal contacts with the students they are sponsoring, and receive annual feedback including the school report cards, which would be an incentive for the students to perform well academically.

We are proud to have over 90 children under the program by now, and we are hoping to expand the program to incorporate more students in 2021.  Please contact the AUSLMAT team on admin@auslmat.org if you are interested in sponsoring a child under the KKS program.

Medical Mission

PLEASE NOTE: due to the pandemic situation, all travel and missions to Sri Lanka are on hold.

The next Medical Mission will likely cover the following locations:  

Galle · Yala · Batticaloa / Pasikudah · Dambulla · Colombo

Given the joys and successes experienced by all in past trips, we will open our arms to new attendees.  We will be in need of diabetes educators (student-level welcomed), ophthalmologists and optometrists.

All are welcome to inquire as we also need medical generalists and specialists, allied health professionals, non-medical support and translator/interpreters.

Our work will include:

  • Ongoing medical education at tertiary medical centres and regional hospitals in Southern and Central Sri Lanka
  • Resource provision (spectacles, hospital supplies, medication) in regional health services
  • Diabetes education and screening
  • Visits to community health centres, schools and orphanages

 

If you have skills or experience in delivering healthcare, a connection to Sri Lanka or are just keen to get involved in our work, please contact us at admin@auslmat.com.au. 

Please note that volunteers pay their own expenses (airfares, local transport, accommodation and food).

 

Shamindi of Tissa

Shamindi met AUSLMAT at the Beralihela Medical Centre when we did a clinic with Dr. Eresha a few years ago. Her letter was written in English with the help of Hilary Mathiasz the English tutor for the whole village.

Beralihela and Tissamaharama are quite close to the Yala sanctuary. Many of these children have never visited the sanctuary because there is a fee to enter. They live close enough to hear the trumpeting of the wild elephants! AUSLMAT makes a stop-over at Yala from the east coast of Sri Lanka on each of our visits to Sri Lanka.

We support Mr Hilary in his tutoring of these children in English.

Simple Requests from Weligama fishermen

Nishantha and Kumara are men who go deep sea fishing off the coast of Weligama . They asked for some protection from the elements when they spend days out at sea. Most of the fish are dried and salted on board before they return to the Weligama harbour. They have lost friends and relatives who have never returned from such fishing trips – accepted by them as a part of life and the dangers of such an occupation.

Nishaji is the daughter of one of them – she will join the AUSLMAT team on our next visit to Sri Lanka .

A plaque in memory of the first Methodists is located at the Methodist Church Weligama and reads “ Revds. George Erskine and William Ault – two of the first Weslyan Missionaries to Asia landed on this beach on Thursday 30th June 1814.

AUSLMAT Achieves ATO Charitable Status

AUSLMAT, the Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team, was born out of the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.  It was incorporated in 2005, but it wasn’t till 2016 that AUSLMAT was formally registered as a charity with the ACNC (Australian Charities for Not-for-profits Commission), and subsequently included on the ATO’s Deductible Gift Register (DGR).  That means that AUSLMAT can now you issue you with a tax deductible receipt for donations made, and in turn, those donations will be recognised by the ATO when you make a claim as AUSLMAT is on the ATO’s deductible gift register.

Thanks to previous Secretary Michelle and current Treasurer Gordon for leading us to this very important milestone!

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