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Dilmah Donates 10,000 Covid Testing Kits

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Pavithra Wanniarachchi accepting the Dilmah donation. Also present were Health Secretary Dr. S. H. Munasinghe and Dr. Janaka Sri Chandragupta, Additional Secretary, Development, Tharanga Indunil and H.M Gayani Priyangika from the Engineering & Production Team; Gayan Thilakaratne, Manager _ Human Resources Dilmah/ MJF Group, Thamindri De Silva, General Manager - Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation
Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Pavithra Wanniarachchi accepting the Dilmah donation. Also present were Health Secretary Dr. S. H. Munasinghe and Dr. Janaka Sri Chandragupta, Additional Secretary, Development, Tharanga Indunil and H

Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company plc and associated Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation initiated the second phase of its Covid response with the presentation of 10,000 testing kits, virus collection swabs and RNA Mini kits at a cost of Rs. 44 Million to Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Pavithra Wanniarachchi. The donation was made by staff and workers of Dilmah.

A minimum 15% of the pretax profits from Dilmah are used to fund the humanitarian work of the MJF Foundation. Merrill J. Fernando committed Rs. 450mn towards relief and post Covid recovery. The first phase focused on emergency food aid and will continue through medical assistance to entrepreneurship development focusing on green recovery. The handover provided the first of three tranches to enhance Sri Lanka’s current testing capacity. “Thank you to Dilmah and their Foundation for providing these valuable items at the correct time. Today everybody asks for testing…and these will certainly help” stated Secretary Dr. S. H Munasinghe.

Dilmah’s MJF Foundation response to the Covid crisis commenced in the first week of April with dry ration and hygiene pack distribution; by the end of May, over 6,000 families including tea estate and other workers and others in vulnerable communities in Moratuwa, Kalkudah, Valachenai, Point Pedro, and the Dunkeld Estate in Maskeliya.

Other initiatives during the lockdown period included teletherapy and education for over 250 children and youth with disabilities using messaging and communication apps, home school assignments and catch up classes for over 400 children and youth, and the counseling of parents and women affected by the lockdown. Dilmah Conservation launched a virtual campaign to transform household spaces into edible landscapes to support nutrition and food security. Its e-publications on ‘Eco-Friendly Home Gardening’ and a virtual webinar series on edible gardening inspired people restricted to their homes to engage in organic farming.

The second phase will support recovery efforts of micro & small agricultural enterprise, the reskilling of youth and adults to increase their earning potential, support to the value addition for agricultural products and the adaptation of therapeutic services for children with disability. This will be followed by a final phase focusing on longer term initiatives aimed towards macro-economic, social and environmental impact. “We need to address the persistent problems of inequality and Climate Change as we cope with Covid - a Green recovery is the best option for Sri Lanka as it addresses both,” said Dilhan C. Fernando – CEO of Dilmah.

Procurement of the items was facilitated by Rotary International as part of their support to Sri Lanka’s Covid response.

 


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