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Americares sends over 2 Tonnes of urgently needed aid to SL

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Consequent to an official request of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C., and under the guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe, Americares, the health-focused relief and development organization, has generously donated more than two tons of urgently needed nutritional supplements for pregnant women at risk of malnourishment across Sri Lanka.

An essential treatment recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), multiple micronutrient supplements are critically needed by the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka to support the nutritional health of pregnant women and to improve birth outcomes for babies. Over 16,000 pregnant women will benefit from the donated nutritional supplements.

In coordination with the Ministry of Health and the Food Commissioners Department in Sri Lanka, the shipment containing more than 2 tons of nutritional supplements from Americares arrived in Colombo on 24 February 2023.

“At a time when nutritional supplements are imperative for the island nation, the people of Sri Lanka and this Embassy express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Americares for their generous efforts to assist our country,” said His Excellency Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe.

In addition, Americares recently delivered a second shipment to Sri Lanka containing nearly 1 ton of medicines to help treat patients with parasitic worm infections. This donation will help treat more than 227,000 patients. “These medicines are in short supply in Sri Lanka and the shipment we received from Americares was put to use immediately to treat patients, especially children,” said Ambassador Samarasinghe.

Americares has a long history of providing assistance to Sri Lanka, including deliveries of medicines, medical supplies and relief items in response to emergencies and ongoing needs.

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, the organization reaches 85 countries on average, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine, medical supplies and emergency aid. Since it was established more than 40 years ago, Americares has provided over $22 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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