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Providing Japanese Yen Five Billion (approximately USD 46 Million) Grant Assistance under Japanese Economic and Social Development Programme to Enhance Health Care Delivery System in Sri Lanka



As one of the main development partners, the Government of Japan extends its hands of friendship to Sri Lanka whenever help is needed. Accordingly, in the present economic crisis situation, the Government of Japan has donated Sri Lanka with various aids to ensure food security, quality of health care facilities, and the social well-being of the people. 

 “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” is one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Health is wealth. Better Health is the key to human happiness and well-being, and also a key influencing factor for the economic development of a country.

As the Sri Lankan healthcare delivery system is near the standards of developed countries, even in this economic crisis situation, maintaining health sector standards and providing an uninterrupted healthcare delivery system in Sri Lanka is a key target of the Government. However, it has become a challenge for the government to allocate limited financial resources to provide health services to the public without compromising the quality and efficiency of services.

Considering the above fact, The Government of Japan has agreed to provide the largest ever Grant Assistance received from Japan, amounting to Japanese Yen Five Billion (approximately USD 46 Million) under the Japanese Economic and Social Development Program to supply fuel (mainly Diesel) for the health care delivery system to ensure the essential and emergency health care services without disturbances.

Under this grant assistance, fuel (mainly Diesel) will be provided to satisfy the fuel requirement of the health sector in Sri Lanka covering 1188 Government hospitals, 1479 Ambulances (including 292 Suwa Seriya Ambulances), and 883 Electricity Generators of government healthcare institutions.  Under the prevailing economic situation, this grant assistance will be great patronage to maintain uninterrupted and quality healthcare service delivery, especially to the socially, economically, and geographically deprived population of the country.

The Exchange of Notes pertaining to the above grant was signed by Mr. K.M Mahinda Siriwardana, Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies on behalf of the GOSL, and His Excellency Mr. MIZUKOSHI Hideaki, Ambassador of Government of Japan with the honorable participation of His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on February 22, 2023, at the President Secretariat.

Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization, and National Policies
Colombo 01  
On February 22, 2023.

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