UNICEF, with the support of WFP, deliver consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) in support of COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka – with more to come.

UNICEF, with the support of WFP and partners, procure and deliver essential personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services for immediate use in response to COVID-19.

28 April 2020
MOH N95 HANDOVER
UNICEF
A consignment of 3,200 N-95 masks was handed over to Mr. Karunathilake, Director General, Bio Medical Unit, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services by UNICEF on 27 April 2020, in support of COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka.

28 April 2020, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), with the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has procured and delivered a consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services in support of Sri Lanka’s ongoing response to Coronavirus (COVID-19),

This consignment of PPE includes over 3,000 N95 masks. Further consignments of PPE, which will include over 11,000 protective coveralls and 33,600 surgical masks, will be delivered over the coming weeks.  

This effort has been supported by a number of donors including the Government of Japan and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Government of Australia.

Mr. Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka said “Health workers are the vital line of defense against COVID-19. We all have a duty to ensure they have the equipment they need to deliver their essential services to all citizens, including children and the most vulnerable, during this extraordinary time. The support of the Government Japan and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Government of Australia and other donors has been critical in enabling us to do this.  UNICEF is also grateful for the support of the World Food Programme who helped fund the airfreight of these vital supplies.   This is a truly a collaborative effort and UNICEF will continue to work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka, partners and other UN agencies to deliver against the needs of the country during and after the outbreak.”

Media Contacts

Jeremy Sprigge
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Sri Lanka
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Suzanne Wooster-Prematilaka
Communication Officer
UNICEF Sri Lanka
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