After receiving an invitation from the Chief Minister for Sri Lanka's Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthaden, representatives from Global Medical Aid travelled to Sri Lanka in February 2011. The trip was planned so that hospitals could be visited, to control medicine donations, and to sign a cooperation agreement with the central government in order to optimize the donation process, including distribution for the entire island. Destinations are selected by GMA following our guidelines.
GMA has, from February 2010 to February 2011, donated medicine for a total of DKK 20 million, of that approximately for DKK 3,3 million in 2010 and approximately for DKK 3,7 million to Sri Lanka's Eastern province.
During the visit, meetings were held, including with the Chief Minister, the Health Minister, doctors, and leading officials in the Health ministry for the Eastern province. GMA visited several hospitals, including Kiliveddy and Kinniya.
The planned itinerary could not be completely followed due to flooding.
A ceremony had been arranged in Batticaloa for GMA with thank you speeches and cultural dance in honor of GMA.
The representatives also visited Vavunia hospital where they controlled the equipment which was donated in March 2010, and had talks with the hospital director. GMA representatives also met with the General Director of Health for the Northern Province of Jaffna and talked about the future cooperation with this.
Furthermore we discussed our existing cooperation with the Health Ministers secretary in Colombo. We received a commitment to further incentives in the form of tax relief and speedy customs clearance.
Finally, the GMA representatives met with Denmark's Consular General who promised to support us by arranging things such as sponsorship agreements and with media publicity.
The pictures are from the visit.