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Health security in Sri Lanka


Australia was one of the first donors to respond to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka providing support under the health security pillar, supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), dry rations for COVID-19 affected families, as well as funding for WHO’s support for Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health. Australian funding also supported sexual and reproductive health services during the early stages of the pandemic.

Further information, including situation analysis, expected outcomes, key results and Australia’s broader engagement, can be found in Sri Lanka COVID-19 Development Response Plan.

Related initiatives

Building resilience

Our support for health security in Sri Lanka will be through our Building Resilience (Humanitarian Assistance) investment. The investment will provide a flexible mechanism with UN partners under the ‘One UN’ approach. It will ensure that we can respond quickly and efficiently in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 or other disease such as dengue or chikungunya, or to potential humanitarian impacts from Sri Lanka’s two monsoon seasons or other natural disasters.

Global and regional programs

We will continue to provide longer-term support for health security through a flexible humanitarian assistance program (as required), through global and regional programs including GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance’s funding on COVAX and programs that target other diseases that put pressure on Sri Lanka’s health system (e.g. malaria, dengue, chikungunya, AIDS, tuberculosis and childhood malnutrition).

Please see the Global Programs homepages for further information, including current progress reports and reviews.

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