The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed $1.3 million USD to help protect healthcare workers and slow the spread of the virus with infection prevention and control support, the US Embassy in Colombo announced today.

“Through even the most difficult times, Americans and Sri Lankan's support one another as partners and friends,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz.  “This donation reflects our enduring relationship, resilient even in the face of this global pandemic.  As in the past, we are proud to provide critical support to help Sri Lanka combat COVID-19.”

“Funding will provide Sri Lanka support to activate case finding and event-based surveillance, technical experts for response and preparedness, risk communication, infection prevention and control, and more. Additionally, the United States will help prepare Sri Lankan laboratory systems for large-scale COVID-19 testing,” the Embassy said in a news release .

The United States is coordinating with the Government of Sri Lanka, and other stakeholders to identify additional priority areas for assistance

For more than 60 years, the United States has worked to ensure Sri Lankan's are healthy and resilient through times of health and disaster-related crises.  Assistance has helped eliminate malaria; saved thousands of lives during the dengue epidemic through state-of-the-art equipment; and supported individuals to know their HIV status as well as other HIV-related innovations.

The United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in public health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously made available more than $100 billion dollars in health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance globally.