Today, people in Sri Lanka are going through an unprecedented financial and economic crisis. As a result of depleted foreign currency reserves, there is a shortage of essential medical and surgical supplies in the state health sector, where healthcare is delivered at no cost to the patient. We, who represent professional Colleges of medical specialties, created this joint fund to receive donations in a transparent and accountable manner. We created this fund in response to the enquiries made by our friends overseas, well-wishers and colleagues, enabling them to send their donations to be used for purchasing essential medicines and medical devices. We thank you for helping Sri Lanka in the hour of need.
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The fund will be operated by a committee co-chaired by the Presidents of the four main professional colleges in medicine, i.e. The Ceylon College of Physicians, the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians and the Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Committee members include Specialists in different specialities.
There is an established and standard system of purchasing medicines for the government hospitals through the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC). This fund will provide money to the SPC to purchase essential lifesaving medicines after following a clearly defined procurement procedure. The approval for fund utilization will be by the Co-chairs and the committee. The fund will not directly purchase medicines as it is a complex procedure. At a meeting held in the second week of April among representatives of the Colleges, SPC and the ministry of Health, essential drugs which are already out of stock and which are going to be out of stock within the next 3 months were identified. SPC was instructed to purchase these drugs only. These will be reviewed periodically. The fund will only be used to purchase these drugs. In fact, we are planning to specifically identify for what drugs we are funding. The money will not just be handed over to the SPC.
Central bank will monitor all the transactions of the fund. The fund will be audited by a reputed audit firm. Since all the money in the fund will be given to the SPC for the procurement of medication and medical devices/consumables, it will be subjected to auditing by the Auditor General. Furthermore, the details of the funds received and, the medicines purchased through the fund will be displayed on the website regularly.
CEYLON COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
Commercial Bank of Sri Lanka
No. 104, Reid Avenue, Colombo 04
Since this is a USD account, it is preferred if you deposit/transfer your money in dollars. Donations can be made with other foreign currencies, but a sum may be charged by the bank for converting it to USD. Donations cannot be made from Sri Lanka and also by Sri Lankan rupees (LKR). If you are transferring money through the internet, do not convert it to LKR, but send it directly. Those who do not want to send money through a bank can use the services of “RIA Finances’’.
After depositing money, please send your name and email address enabling us to send the letter of acknowledgment. Please send a screenshot of the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org