Joint Press Release by the Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C. and Heart to Heart International United States

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. continues its joint efforts in obtaining essential medicines to Sri Lanka from non-governmental organizations in the United States. Under the guidance of His Excellency Ambassador Mahinda Samarasinghe, and this Embassy as the key facilitating body, Heart to Heart International, a renowned global humanitarian organization is yet again providing a second successive in-kind donation of urgent medicinal items worth an approximate of $6,689,985 USD (i.e., LKR 2,475,294,450 – Two billion four hundred seventy-five million two hundred ninety-four thousand four hundred fifty Sri Lankan Rupees) to the people of Sri Lanka.

With the coordination of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka, the most urgent medicines will be sent via air at the very earliest, while the remaining will be sent via sea to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Similar to the first donation, all expenses will be borne by Heart to Heart International, and the Ministry of Health will receive the second donation for immediate distribution at no cost to the people of Sri Lanka.

His Excellency the Ambassador, this Embassy and the Ministry of Health would like to reiterate our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Heart to Heart International in their continuous efforts and commitment to assist the people of Sri Lanka at this critical juncture.

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, Heart to Heart International (HHI) is a global humanitarian organization focused on improving access to health. Since its inception in 1992, HHI has delivered medical aid and supplies worth $2.4 billion to more than 130 countries, including within the United States. HHI responds to natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers. The organization is a 4-star Charity Navigator charity, a BBB Accredited charity and is on the "Philanthropy 400."

The first donation by Heart to Heart International was worth $908,547 USD, reached Colombo via air on 13 July 2022 and was safely collected by officials from the Ministry of Health in Colombo for further distribution. This makes a total contribution of $7,598,532 USD worth of urgent medical aid donations that Heart to Heart International has made to Sri Lanka, in coordination with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.

Embassy of Sri Lanka,                                                                          Heart to Heart International,

Washington, D.C.                                                                                  Kansas

02 August 2022