APSL concludes its Covid-19 emergency relief activities in Sri Lanka by providing assistance to 1650 families and 9 key Hospitals

APSL launched the Emergency Relief Fund on 25th March 2020 to support needy families and hospitals in Sri Lanka affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This week we completed the programme having provided Rs. 3.2 million worth of assistance to 1650 families and nine key Hospitals.
During 1st and 2nd phases of the programme, APSL helped 165 and 418 families respectively. In the 3rd phase, 1067 families received assistance in collaboration with Hela Sarana, a leading Sri Lankan Charity in the UK. Also, with funding from the Florence De Silva Memorial Fund, we distributed 120 special dry ration packs (worth of 2,000 Rupees including milk powder, Samaposha/ Threeposha and biscuits) focusing on families with young children during the 2nd and 3rd phases of the programme.
APSL also donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary equipment to nine key hospitals in Sri Lanka to support their frontline efforts.
APSL supporters around Sri Lanka made a huge contribution to the programme despite many challenges by procuring and distributing dry rations to families and procuring and delivering PPE and other equipment to Hospitals. All volunteers followed Sri Lankan Government’s advice and guidelines on social distancing and use of appropriate personal protective equipment.
Special appreciation goes to Hela Sarana executive committee and members for collaborating with APSL for the dry ration distributions in Phase 3 and supporting the Hospital aid programme.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes to all the donors who donated via the Virgin Money Giving appeal and Facebook fundraiser campaign.
We would like to thank all our media partners including Sesatha UK website, Ceylon Mirror and Sri Lankans in the UK community Facebook groups for their continuous support throughout the programme.
Also, we would like to thank the APSL Executive Committee and the members for supporting the programme from the beginning.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the frontline key workers including the medical staff members, government officials, members of Tri-forces, Sri Lanka Police and Civil Security Forces for their indispensable contribution to the nation during this hour of need.
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact the APSL General Secretary, Dr. Leshan Uggalla (gereralsecretary@apsl.org.uk, leshanu@apsl.org.uk).
Thank you.
Dr. Leshan Uggalla – General Secretary APSL
Dr. Mahesh de Silva – President APSL

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donate 300 KN-95 respirator Masks to the Apeksha Cancer Hospital, Mahargama

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 300 KN-95 respirator Masks to the Apeksha Cancer Hospital, Mahargama.
This was jointly funded by Hela Sarana and the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).
The PPE respirator masks were handed over to Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake, Director of Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama by Mr. Yasantha Rathuwithana, Deputy Director, Public Utilities Commission and Dr. Lalitha Kumari, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Colombo, behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana.
APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Wasantha Disanayake, Mr Yasantha Rathuwithana and Dr. Lalitha Kumari for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL Webinar: Post COVID-19 Economic Vision for Sri Lanka – Saturday 23rd May 2020 at 5pm

APSL Webinar: Post COVID-19 Economic Vision for Sri Lanka will be held on  Saturday 23rd May at 5pm, and delivered by Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, former Governor of Central Bank, Sri Lanka and moderated by the APSL President Dr. Mahesh de Silva.

Dr. Coomaraswamy chaired the Pathfinder Foundation Study Group comprised 19 leading academics and private sector personalities and he will present the study group recommendations at the webinar.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register using the link below.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donate 300 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Welisara

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 300 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Welisara.

This was jointly funded by Hela Sarana and the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to Commander Dr. Keerthi Rajapasksha, Consultant surgeon at Sri Lankan Navy General Hospital, and Lieutenant Commander Mr. P. D. S. R Kumarasisri, Senior Administrative Officer of Health, Sri Lankan Navy by Mr. Nihal Uggalla, Vice President , Ex-Naval Medical Association and Mr. Sisira Senarath, Member, Ex- Naval Medical Association behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Commodore Superintendent of Health-West Dr. Chinthaka Wijedasa, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sri Lanka Navy General Hospital, Mr. Nihal Uggalla, Mr. Sisira Senarath and the Ex-Navel Medical Association for their kind coordination and all the donors for supporting the course.

Importantly, APSL and Hela Sarana would like to take this opportunity to thank all the front line key workers including the medical staff members, members of Tri-forces, Srilanka Police and Civil Security Forces for their indispensable contribution to the nation during this hour of need.

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donate 100 KN 95 respirator Masks to the Chilaw District General Hospital

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 100 KN 95 respirator Masks to the Chilaw District General Hospital.

This was jointly funded by Hela Sarana and the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Director of Chilaw District General Hospital, Dr. K.P Mallawaarachchi by Dr. Sasitha Thenuwara, Medical Officer Orthopaedics, Chilaw District General Hospital behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to Dr. Sarath Gamage, Secretary of GMOA branch union and Medical officer Obs and Gynae at Chilaw District General Hospital by the Director, Dr. K.P Mallawaarachchi.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Sasitha Thenuwara and Dr. Sarath Gamage for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL and Hela Sarana donates 200 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Police Hospital, Narahenpita

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 200 KN 95 respirator masks to the Sri Lanka Police Hospital, Narahenpita.

This was jointly funded by Hela Sarana and the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Chief Medical Officer at Police Hospital, SSP Dr. Kalinga Ginige by Dr. Kushan Athukorala, Colombo South Teaching Hospital behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to ASP Dr. Sachithra Weerasekara, MO/ETU and IP Mr. Hettiarachchi, Administrative officer by the Chief Medical Officer, SSP Kalinga.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Kushan Athukorala and Dr. Sachithra Weerasekara for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.

APSL and Hela Sarana donates 300 KN 95 respirator Masks to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Colombo (aka the IDH)

APSL in collaboration with Hela Sarana donated 300 KN 95 respirator Masks to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Colombo (aka the IDH).

This was jointly funded by Hela Sarana and the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL-ERF).

The PPE respirator masks were handed over to the Director of IDH, Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka by Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Senior consultant physician on behalf of APSL and Hela Sarana. Then the masks were handed over to Mrs. U.G.C. Udugamkorala, Matron IDH and Mrs. Navodini, Pharmacist IDH by the Director, Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka.

APSL and Hela Sarana wish to thank Dr. Hasitha Aththanayaka, Director of IDH, Dr. Mallika Karunathilaka, Microbiologist IDH and Dr. Azad Samad, Medical Officer (MO) planning at IDH, Dr. S.N.S Anuradha and Mr. Anura for their kind coordination, and all the donors for their support.

APSL Webinar Invitation: UK Immigration Issues by David Mariampillai – Saturday 2nd May at 4pm

In response to the crisis caused by coronavirus, APSL has undertaken a number of initiatives to support those who are affected – including families in Sri Lanka, APSL members as well as any Sri Lankans living in the UK. One of the initiatives is a FREE webinar series to provide help and advice to APSL members and Sri Lankans in the UK, on a range of useful topics.

The third webinar in the series: ‘UK Immigration Issues’ will be held on Saturday 2nd May at 4pm, and delivered by David Mariampillai, Director of David Benson Solicitors and moderated by APSL President, Dr. Mahesh de Silva.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register using the link below.

https://ukimmigration.eventbrite.co.uk/

Moreover, if you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them during the registration. Priority will be given to questions received prior to the webinar due to time constraints.

Webinar invitation: Mindfulness in Difficult Times – Saturday 25th April at 4pm

APSL intends to support the members and Sri Lankans in the UK affected during these difficult times in numerous ways.  As part of these initiatives, APSL is organising a webinar series to provide help and advice on a range of topics.

The second webinar in the series: ‘Mindfulness in Difficult Times’ will be held on Saturday 25th April at 4pm delivered by Professor Geoffrey Hunt, retired Professor of Ethics, University of Surrey  and moderated by Dr. Mahesh de Silva, APSL President.

If you are interested in attending this webinar, please register through Eventbrite ink below.

https://apsl_mindfulness.eventbrite.co.uk

Moreover, if you have any questions to discuss during the webinar please send them to the moderator president@apsl.org.uk . Priority will be given to questions received prior to the webinar due to time constraints.

Corona Pandemic: APSL donates PPE kits to Kalutara General Hospital

APSL donated 25 fully equipped (Cover-all) Ansell PPE kits for COVID-19 community screening purposes at Kalutara General Hospital .

This was fully funded from the kind donations of Sri Lankans living in the UK and around the world through the APSL- Emergency Response Fund (APSL -ERF).

The PPE kits were handed over to the Consultant Emergency Physician Dr. Pandula Kavirathne by Dr. Chanaka Perera on behalf of APSL.

APSL wishes to thank Dr. Chintha Gunarathna, Deputy Director, Kaluthara General Hospital, Mr. Yasantha Rathuwithana, Deputy Director, Public Utilities Commission, Mrs Lalitha Kumari and Dr. Sulochana Kannanthudawa for their kind coordination and all the donors for their support.