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COVID-19 Global Health Emergency Response in Sri Lanka
Keeping our children and communities safe

World Vision launches global response to protect children from the impact of COVID-19 and support them and their communities through the crisis.

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Sri Lanka reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 27, 2020. The patient was a Chinese national who was visiting Sri Lanka. She was treated and she made a full recovery and returned to China. On March 11, the first Sri Lankan to be confirmed within-country – a tour guide was reported.

As the number confirmed began to rise, the Government declared island-wide curfew to control the spread of the virus. 

World Vision Lanka commenced distribution of dry rations to families especially those depended on daily wages and could not afford to buy food due to the haltering of their livelihoods.

So far we have provided dry rations to over 100,000 families spread across the country. View map here

We have mobilised teams to provide these items to support the government’s response.

toilets
4 mobile toilets provided to the new quarantine centre in Chilaw
bottles
2,000 water bottles provided to Chilaw quarantine center
dry rations
111,532 families provided with dry rations
mask
78,654 masks and gloves distributed to frontline workers, Community Health Workers
Protective gear
9,152 Personal Protective Equipment provided
Sanitizer
59,263 Hygiene and disinfectant kits provided to households and health institutions
families to be reached
40000 families to be reached in 35 locations
sanitizer cans
2 cans of 5 L hand sanitizer and disinfectant provided to Police
nutritional meals
26,497 Children nutritionally at risk, provided with nutritional meals
livelihood recovery
3,660 families supported with livelihood recovery
Handwashing units
1,992 Handwashing units established in schools, health institutions, and public places
Psychological First Aid
 1,251 Trained in Psychological First Aid to assist children and families
thermometers
367 infrared thermometers provided for institutions
essential medical equipment
6,051 facilities provided with essential medical equipment
home gardening
6,315 Families provided with training and essential material for home gardening
cash
29,202 Households provided with cash transfers to help support their essential needs
life-skills
46,550 children received life-skills and personal development booklets to help them engage in learning even at home during quarantine.
gloves
3,440 gloves distributed
"We are working in collaboration with local authorities, hospitals, academic institutions and local partners, prioritizing the needs of children, their families and their communities. "
- Dhanan Senathirajah, National Director, World Vision Lanka
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Rapid Assessment

Impact of COVID-19 Health Emergency RAPID ASSESSMENT World Vision Lanka

Sri Lanka reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 27, 2020. The patient was a Chinese
national who was visiting Sri Lanka. She was treated and she made a full recovery and returned to China.
On March 11, the first Sri Lankan to be confirmed within-country – a tour guide was reported.

As the number confirmed began to rise, the Government declared island-wide curfew to control the spread of the virus.

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