Northern Sri Lanka is now in need of support from international community to reconstruct and re-equip their health facilities since most of them were destroyed during the war. Being abandoned for so many years, the divisional hospital that should have been able to provide maternity care and primary health care to the people in Ampan was unable to function for a long time due to the damage that was caused both by tsunami in 2004 and the conflict.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
MERCY Malaysia, funded by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, worked together with our partners Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) and the Ministry of Healthcare of Sri Lanka to refurbish the damaged hospital.The project involved there construction of the main outpatient department block, maternity ward, nurse/midwives and doctor’s quarters along with the donation of medical equipments and furniture. This project was completed in August 2011 and an official handover ceremony was carried out on 21 October 2011. Ampan hospital will benefit 10,000 beneficiaries from the surrounding area.