Itukama is a coined word. Hailing from the Sinhala word යුතුකම (“yuthukama”) it is a clarion call for all Sri Lankans to contribute to the Sri Lankan government’s sole focus during this period; putting Lives First.
The Itukama Project is a fund-raising initiative for the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund established by His Excellency, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to support and strengthen activities aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as well as related social welfare programmes. The Fund was established with a donation of Rs. 100 million from the President’s Fund. The fund will address the critical healthcare needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and improve Sri Lanka’s long-term preparedness for health emergencies
The primary and immediate goal of the Fund will be to ensure the health and safety of those in the health sector and other essential service providers while enabling the state to aid the population made vulnerable by COVID-19. The fund will also be used for critical investments in improving national preparedness for contagions by minimising vulnerabilities in the present healthcare capabilities.
The fund will be managed by a Management Committee of experts in health, public administration and finance including the IGP, Secretaries to the Ministries, the Director General of Health and audit and banking professionals. Funds will be raised in coordination with international agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, ADB and Sri Lanka’s major development partner community and agencies based on a harmonized national procurement system and best practices in governance and resource allocation. The fund is managed by a 17-member committee comprising of: 1. Prof. W.D. Lakshman, Central Bank Governor. 2. Mr. Ravindra J Wimalaweera, Chief Financial Officer, Presidential Secretariat. 3. Mr. S.R. Attygalle - Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Policy Development 4. Maj. Gen. G.D.H. Kamal Gunaratne - Secretary to the Ministry of Defence 5. Mr. S.S. Hettiarachchi - Secretary Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government 6. Mrs. Bhadrani Jayawardena - Secretary / Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services 7. Mr. Chandana D. Wickremaratne - Inspector General of Police (Acting) 8. Dr. Anil Jasinghe - Director General of Health Services 9. Major General G. Vijitha Ravipriya - Director General, Sri Lanka Customs 10. Mr. Nushad M. Perera - Chairman, Lanka Sathosa 11. Mr. Sriyan De Silva Wijeyeratne - Chairman, Employees Trust Fund 12. Ms. P.D Indika L. Wijegunawardana - Additional Secretary, Presidential Secretariat 13. Mr. Harigupta Rohanadeera - Director General (Legal), Presidential Secretariat 14. Mr. N.W.G.R.D. Nanayakkara - Assistant Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka 15. Mr. W.P. Russell Fonseka - Senior Deputy General Manager, Bank of Ceylon 16. Mr. S. Swarnajothi - Former Auditor General's Counsel 17. Mr. J.M.S.G. Jayasundara - Former Attorney at Colombo High Court Bar Association
Since the beginning of the outbreak there has been a generous inflow of international, corporate, individual and direct donations to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. It is imperative that this fund continues to grow as there is much to do in the coming weeks and months as we manage and overcome this pandemic. The primary and immediate goal of the Fund will be to ensure the health and safety of those in the health sector and other essential service providers while enabling the state to aid the population made vulnerable by COVID-19. The fund will also be used for critical investments in improving national preparedness for contagions by minimising vulnerabilities in the present healthcare capabilities. With over Rs. 900Mn raised the fund is growing daily. For the current fund balance visit - https://www.itukama.lk/
Donations to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund are welcome from local and foreign donors. A special account had been opened at the Corporate Branch of the Bank of Ceylon under the account name “COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” and account number 85737373. To donate now - https://www.itukama.lk/donate-now/
1. Expenditure incurred by Director General, Health Services in the management of COVID-19 including healthcare facilities, drugs, testing equipment and capacity building
2. The facilitation of the health and safety of health sector employees and all logistics providers working to provide essential public delivery services during the ongoing pandemic.
3. Provision of basic essentials to identified vulnerable groups including children, women, low income earners, the elderly and differently abled.
4. Strengthen public healthcare systems and reduce national risk of communicable diseases, including rural dispensaries, testing and treatment centres.
5. Promotion of research and innovation in health and sanitation, including indigenous medicine and the use of local raw material.
6. Support local innovations in protective clothing and sanitations products that can be marketed globally.
7. Promotion of healthy living through media and educational programmes.
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