ECONOMYNEXT – The European Union (EU) will provide 200,000 Euros (over 74 million rupees) in humanitarian aid for first-aid, medical supplies and sanitary purchases for some 80,000 low-income families affected by Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic crisis, the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and Maldives said.
The EU wants to provide first-aid, medical supplies and school packs through its cash grants, a statement said on Friday (06).
“The current political and economic crisis has resulted in shortages of essential commodities, including of medicines, and has reduced the ability of thousands of families to cater for their basic needs,” the delegation said.
“Many children have also seen their education disrupted due to power cuts and lack of stationery items.”
This funding is part of a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The fund will give priority to pregnant women, children, people with disabilities, women-headed households and people who have become vulnerable due to the crisis.
Sri Lanka is going through its worst economic crisis in its 74-year post-Independence history with commodity prices sky-rocketing. (Colombo/May06/2022)