29 May 2020
Sanitizing hands
Hand sanitation

29 May 2020, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –The United States has provided a USD $600,000 grant to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to support the critical COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka.

The USD $600,000 United States grant will help Sri Lanka to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19. Implemented by UNICEF, and in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka, the funding will support risk communication and community engagement; hand washing and infection control (IPC); and improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in designated high-risk health-care facilities. The funding will also help to procure and deliver critical hygiene and infection prevention supplies to high-risk communities and treatment centers, as well as supplement data collection and analysis to improve overall COVID-19 emergency response.

Mr. Reed Aeschliman, USAID’s Mission Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives said: “For more than a half-century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health, saving lives across the world. To date, the U.S. has pledged more than $1 billion globally to the COVID19 response. This timely donation to UNICEF is another example of the American spirit of generosity as we battle the Corona virus at home in the United States and around the world.” 

Mr. Tim Sutton, Representative, UNICEF Sri Lanka said: “We thank the United States for their substantial and critical assistance in response to the COVID-19 situation facing Sri Lanka. Their financial and technical support, combined with UNICEF’s expertise, has already supported the impressive response of Sri Lanka to COVID-19. As the situation continues to evolve over the coming months, the support of the United States will enable us to strengthen our work with the government and partners and will ensure that the most vulnerable in society, including children and young people are better protected and prepared for the impact of COVID-19.” 

The United States COVID-19 funding is the latest phase in a multi-year collaboration between the United States and UNICEF that has benefited children and communities across Sri Lanka. Previous support among others has included Mine Risk Education (MRE) for conflict-affected groups, ensuring mine-safe behaviors among communities and supporting capacity building of relevant authorities.

Media contacts

Jeremy Sprigge
Communication Specialist
UNICEF Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 77 723 6548
Suzanne Wooster-Prematilaka
Communication Officer
UNICEF Sri Lanka
Tel: +94 77 316 5378


USAID is the development agency of the United States Government. USAID has provided development and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 50 years. The U.S. Government has invested over $2 billion to benefit the people of Sri Lanka since 1956. For more information about USAID Sri Lanka, visit


About UNICEF Sri Lanka

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF Sri Lanka, visit