Sri Lanka collaborates with Red Cross to deliver affordable healthcare to vulnerable communities 

10th January 2023 Colombo: EY Global Delivery Services (EY GDS) Sri Lanka, part of the global EY network of service delivery centers with a focus on innovation, technology and process improvement, has stepped forward to uplift the health of vulnerable communities by joining hands with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to support their medical camps. The financial contribution for this purpose was officially handed over by Location Leader, EY GDS (CS) Lanka (Private) Limited, Hariharan Padmanabhan to the President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Jagath Abeysinghe recently.

The main objective of the collaboration is to bring affordable healthcare and health information to local communities and identify common health problems in order to develop ways of addressing them with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society medical camps. The medical camps help to support the economy of families in vulnerable conditions during the ongoing economic crisis and uplift the well-being of the community. Through these medical camps, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society expects to reduce morbidity and mortality, inform communities on various health issues, and increase personal medical care while individuals with critical illnesses are identified and referred to doctors.

Location Leader, EY GDS (CS) Lanka (Private) Limited, Hariharan Padmanabhan stated, “Against a backdrop where healthcare has unfortunately taken a back seat in most communities, these medical camps organized by Sri Lanka Red Cross Society are instrumental in supporting and reviving the once robust public healthcare system. We are proud and humbled to be able to help make a difference in the community. EY GDS believes that businesses can play a pivotal role in “building a better world” by volunteering to do good at every possible opportunity. Through its various corporate responsibility initiatives, EY GDS strives to create long-term social value for communities across Sri Lanka.”

The President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society Jagath Abeysinghe, commenting on the collaboration, said: “Shortage of medicine is a major concern for Sri Lanka. SLRCS Colombo Branch has identified the most vulnerable groups within the district that this crisis has severely impacted. With the support of EY GDS Sri Lanka, we will conduct 10 medical camps within the Colombo district to meet their healthcare needs. We are glad that EY GDS Sri Lanka has recognized the need of the hour and has come forward with this donation to assist the people of Sri Lanka.”

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From left: EY GDS Sri Lanka External Communications Lead Isanka Perera, EY GDS Sri Lanka Consultant Thilini Samarasekara, EY GDS Sri Lanka Location Leader Hariharan Padmanabhan, SLRCS President Jagath Abeysinghe, SLRCS Colombo Branch Executive Officer Kumari Kotalawala and SLRCS Colombo Branch Consultant for External Projects Siddhartha Nanayakkara