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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 29, 2020)

Location:  Sri Lanka Event:  The Sri Lanka Ministry of Health confirmed 115 cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka On March 19, 2020, the Department of State issued a global Level 4 Health Advisory (Do Not Travel) advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure ...
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Ambassador Teplitz’s Remarks at Opening of Khoonitheevu School

August 26, 2020 Distinguished guests, teachers, staff and students, as-salamu alaykum, Vannakum, Ayubowan and good morning. I’m pleased to be here today to help formally open this beautiful addition to the Khoonitheevu school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here. Thank you for giving me the ...
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The United States Donates 200 Ventilators to Support Sri Lanka’s Response to COVID-19

COLOMBO, September 02 – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 200 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Sri Lanka, delivering on President Trump’s offer of critically needed supplies and supporting Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19. The ventilators were handed over to Sri Lanka’s Minister of Health Hon. Pavithra Wanniarachchi by ...
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U.S. Ambassador Opens New School Funded by United States

SAMPUR, August 31 – U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz opened the new Khoonethivu Navalar school in Sampur on August 26. The new facilities include a two-story classroom building with eight classrooms, a rainwater harvesting system with a 30,000 liter storage tank, and washrooms with facilities for both male and female students, teachers, and people with disabilities.  The United States and the Sri Lankan ...
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United States Government Funds Donation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Kit to Sri Lanka

Colombo, August 25 – On June 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) handed over a U.S.-funded COVID-19 test kit to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.  The test kit carries supplies to conduct 2,000 tests.  Valued at an estimated $118,000, the kit contains a RT-PCR machine, the most reliable and efficient technology utilized for COVID-19 testing to date, and accessories such ...
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United States Further Assists Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management

COLOMBO, AUGUST 10 – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded US $1.5 million to the Sarvodaya  Shramadana Movement to support local community leaders in developing emergency response and mitigation strategies in disaster-prone areas across Sri Lanka.  The new funding will strengthen community resilience and improve coordination between local stakeholders and international ...
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