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COVID Assistance for Sri Lanka: Project Report

The AUSLMAT SRI LANKA COVID ASSISTANCE APPEAL was initiated on the 30th of May 2021, in response to many requests received from public hospitals across Sri Lanka for medical assistance to combat the escalating COVID crisis.

With immense community enthusiasm and support, we have been able to raise a total of AUD 225,545 (Over 34 Million Sri Lankan Rupees), and distribute equipment worth over AUD 232,201 among 23 COVID treatment centres.

Read the full project report by clicking this link: Project Report

“Heal Our Nation” Project Update

Thank you for your generous support!
With your support, we have purchased medicines and equipment worth AUD 36,280 to date. We have purchased the following items from the funds received:
  1. Fisher and Paykel RT 265  breathing tubes x140 for Castle Street hospital and other Neonatal units (AUD 9,870)
  2. Fisher and Paykel Neowraps x 400 for Castle Street hospital and other Neonatal Units (AUD 964)
  3. Effervescent phosphate tablets x5000 for Neonatal Units  (AUD 3,384)
  4. 1540 triple blood bags ( AUD 14,638)
  5. x1000 vials of Cefotaxime and 36,000 tablets of sodium valproate for Dehiattakandiya Hospital and x1000 vials of Ceftriaxone for Anuradhapura Hospital ( AUD 7,242)

 

If you would like to contribute towards this important project, please use the “DONATE NOW” button.
Donations are tax deductible.

Join with AUSLMAT to “Heal Our Nation”

Sri Lanka imports around 85% of its medical supplies. But with foreign currency reserves running low, doctors across the country say hospitals are running out of medicines and essential supplies as the country’s economic crisis worsens. We are working in partnership with the global fundraising network #MedicalHelpSL to raise funds for essential medicines and medical items and sending them to hospitals in need.

You can help:

KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL (KKS) PROJECT SUMMARY

The KKS (Keep Kids in School) project was initiated in June 2020, with the aim of providing financial assistance to a group of vulnerable children living in remote villages around Tissamaharama in Sri Lanka. The children supported by the KKS project belong to families of labourers, farmers, street vendors and daily wage earners who have been struggling to survive in the past couple of years due to financial hardships. Children in these families are sometimes forced to leave school or earn a living, the opportunity to finish their school education being stolen from them. The aim of the KKS project is to ensure that these children remain in school until they complete school up to the A/Level examination, by having some of their educational costs met by sponsorship.

The cost to sponsor one child is AUD 10/= a month and 100% of donations go towards school expenses such as books, stationary, uniforms and shoes. There are no administrative costs involved.

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The project is locally coordinated by Mr. Hilary Mathiasz, an English teacher in Tissamaharama, and the local bookshop owner, Mr. Sandeep Vidushan. A file with receipts is maintained for each child, and copies of receipts are also provided to each child as well. Sponsors are encouraged to maintain personal contacts with the students they are sponsoring, and we plan to receive annual feedback including the school academic report , which would be an incentive for the students to perform well and stay motivated.

June 2020- Dec 2021 BUDGET SUMMARY:

June 2020 – December 2020 Jan 2021 – June 2021
July 2021 – Dec 2021
Extra funds for computers

TOTAL REVENUE

AUD 2,180 (plus Rs. 30,000 paid in SLR) AUD 4,910
AUD 4,460
AUD 600

AUD 12,150

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AUD 9,726 ( July 2020 – Dec. 2021)

Rs. 5000/= was spent for each of the 57 students June 2020-Dec 2020.
Rs. 15,000/= was spent for each of the 90 students from Jan 2021 – Dec. 2021.

(The balance from 2020-2021 has been allocated to purchasing computers for a computer class)

We are aiming to spend 20,000 per student in 2022

NB: AUSLMAT accounts including the KKS program is externally audited by Danber Financial Services Pvt. Ltd.

Community Assistance:

In addition to the KKS program, some of the sponsors have kindly contributed to several projects, which have enabled these families to earn a living during difficult times. These include:

  1. Assistance to establish irrigation systems for farmers
  2. Establishment of an aloe vera cultivation
  3. Purchase of sewing machines and fabric
  4. Medical assistance to children with chronic illness
  5. Financial assistance for vocational training
  6. Financial assistance to single parent family without an income

Free classes in IT, Math and English
– Via Zoom, conducted by tutors (University students) from Melbourne

 

See our PDF format here:

KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL SUMMARY 2021

Itinerary: SRI LANKA Trip August 2022

Itinerary: SRI LANKA Trip August 2022

 

Day 0: 16th Aug (Tuesday)

4:00 pm depart Melbourne Airport

10:30 pm arrive Katunayake Airport, Sri Lanka

Stay night in Negombo

 

Day 1: 17th Aug (Wednesday)

Drive to A’Pura (4 hours) en route Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Visit Anuradhapura Hospital
Stay the night in A’pura

 

Day 2: 18th Aug (Thursday)

Visit Rajarata Uni AM Drive to Jaffna
Stay in Jaffna

 

Day 3: 19th Aug (Friday)

Visit Jaffna hospital / sight seeing

Stay in Jaffna

 

Day 4: 20th Aug (Saturday)

Drive back to A’pura

Sight seeing
Stay at …………

 

Day 5: 21st Aug (Sunday)

Sigiriya / Dambulla rock temple

Minneriya elephant park or sight seeing

Stay in Pollonnaruwa

 

Day 6: 22nd Aug (Monday)

Drive to Dehiattakandiya (1 hour from Polonnaruwa)

DK hospital visit

Clinic in DK

Stay the night in DK

 

Day 7: 23rd Aug (Tuesday)

Drive to Kandy ( 3 hours)
Visit Digana hospital en route

? Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

Pera botanical gardens / Kandy town / Stay in Kandy

 

Day 8: 24th Aug (Wednesday)

Ella train ride (Ella Odyssey) from Kandy to Ella
Ella sight seeing Ravana falls / Ravana caves / Little Adam’s peak Stay in Ella 98 Acres

 

Day 9: 25th Aug (Thursday)

Ella sight seeing

Drive to Tissa (2 and a half hours) ? can drive through Yala

Stay in Tissa

 

Day 10: 26th Aug (Friday)

Clinic in Tissa

Meet KKS kids

Stay in Tissa

 

Day 11: 27th Aug (Saturday)

Drive to Karapitiya

Karapitiya hospital (PM)
– Visit Galle Forte, Stay in Galle

 

Day 12: 28th Aug (Sunday)

Karapitiya hospital (AM)
Drive to Udawalawe (1 and a half hours)

Udawalawe National Park safari
Stay night in Udawalawe

Visit Digana hospital en route

 

? Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

 

Day 13: 29th Aug (Monday)

Drive to Colombo

En route attractions: Padukka hospital (where the freezer was donated) and Pilapitiya Ayurveda Hospital
Stay in Colombo

 

Day 14: 30th Aug (Tuesday)

Spend in Colombo , visit Ministry of Health
– Port City, Old Dutch Hospital
– Fly back to Melbourne, arriving in Melbourne at 2.30pm on the 31st

 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Please join AUSLMAT to provide critically needed medical supplies to Sri Lanka

Thank you to all those who have offered to join AUSLMAT in helping the collapsing health system in Sri Lanka during the current economic crisis. Government hospitals are fast running out of a number of essential medicines and surgical supplies, leading to the loss of innocent lives.

The Medical Supplies Division (MSD) has published a list of urgently required medicines.

Please click the link to see the Diplomatic Letter with Urgent List.

Many of you may have received direct requests from the hospitals.  Surgeries are being cancelled due to shortage of anaesthetic drugs, and lives lost due to the shortage of clot dissolving drugs like Streptokinase, given to people with acute strokes and heart attacks.

Our plan is to purchase medical equipment, such as neonatal/paediatric breathing tubes, and air-freight them to Sri Lanka. We are also exploring the option of purchasing a few essential medicines directly from the pharmaceutical companies that regularly supply Sri Lanka. All items will be sent to individual hospitals with critical needs and the President of the Sri Lankan Medical Association (Prof. Samath Dharmaratne) has agreed to take the responsibility of overlooking the distribution of the supplies locally.

You can donate by clicking the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page.

A tax receipt will be automatically generated for tax purposes within Australia. Our finances are externally audited at the end of each financial year. AUSLMAT is an ACNC registered not-for-profit medical charity in Australia.

Thank your for your valuable contributions!

Thank you generous contributors (Oct 2021 Update)

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. With immense community enthusiasm and support, we have been able to raise over AUD 196,000 (>Rs 28 Million), from which we have purchases the following 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.

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