Japan to provide essential drugs to Sri Lanka through UNICEF

The Government of Japan is providing essential medicines to Sri Lanka through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable population as the country grapples with shortages due to an economic crisis.

The $1.5 million contribution will enable UNICEF to provide medicine to more than 1.2 million people, including 53,000 pregnant women and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need. The drugs will be distributed to health facilities across Sri Lanka in coordination with the Ministry of Health

Japan’s Acting Chargé d’Affaires in Sri Lanka, Mr. KATSUKI Kotaro, said: “It is a great honor for us that Japan is providing $1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Sri Lanka. lankans to procure the 25 most urgent types of medicines in the country. the next two months through UNICEF. We believe this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.

Due to the economic crisis and the resulting shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka is struggling to import essential goods, including fuel, cooking gas and medicine.

Essential services in the health sector are strongly impacted by the crisis, affecting both patients and health workers. The Ministry of Health has identified a list of essential medicines that will be out of stock in the next two months, especially for children and pregnant women.

“It’s a race against time given the acute need for these life-saving drugs for the most vulnerable, especially children and pregnant women. The prompt contribution of the Government of Japan is commendable. UNICEF will use its vast expertise to rapidly procure and deliver the medicines to where they are most needed,” said Christian Skoog, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka.

The current crisis is aggravating what was already a difficult situation for many children in Sri Lanka due to poverty and COVID-19. The Government of Japan’s contributions are crucial to meeting the growing needs of children, including nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and protective services, not only in the immediate but also in the long term.

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