When Sri Lanka experienced its second Covid-19 wave in October 2020, Round Table Sri Lanka partnered with World Vision Lanka to donate mobile toilets (5) to the Chilaw General Hospital. Now, as the country is facing increased infections and hospitalisations, the donations is proving to be pivotal for the general public.

Chilaw General Hospital currently houses more than 8,500-suspected Covid-19 patients, according to the Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health. The hospital functions as the main hospital that caters to the Covid-19 patients along with Iranawila Hospital under the same administration. The newly set up Respiratory Ward of the hospital became functional soon after the hospital received the toilets.

“I would like to thank World Vision for their humanitarian work across the country,” said, Mr. Vivek Sundaralingam, President of Round Table Sri Lanka. “Round Table and our fellow members all over the world have always been forthcoming in helping Sri Lanka during various disasters, and I hope Round Table and World Vision Lanka can work together in future projects to improve the lives of the less fortunate in Sri Lanka.”

Given that the hospital serves as the primary healthcare service provider for more than 800,000 people from the Puttalam district and Bingiriya Divisional Secretariat Division, the donated mobile toilets will serve the community even after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When we started responding to the second wave of Covid-19 in October last year, we needed willing partners who put the community first,” said Clarence Sutharsan, Director – Marketing and Engagement, World Vision Lanka. “We are so glad that Round Table Sri Lanka came forward to donate mobile toilets. These toilets ensure the dignity of the people who seek treatment at the hospital. While I’m thankful for this partnership, I hope that we would be able to continue to work together to serve the most vulnerable societies in Sri Lanka.”

Round Table Sri Lanka (RTSL) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, a member of Round Table International, consisting of over 30,000 members in over 60 countries. The aim of Round Table is community service through fellowship. Round Table Sri Lanka has been serving Sri Lankan communities for the last 25 years and now boasts 8 clubs and over 100 tablers.

World Vision is a Christian, relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision works through its main sectors – education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, economic development, and child protection – serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. The organisation has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and currently serves in 30 locations in 13 districts across the country through its long-term development programmes. In 2020, World Vision Lanka directly impacted over 100,000 children and their families.