Sri Lanka

Continuing To Reach Out to Children

July 1, 2008

Mrs. Minerva Fernando, Project Coordinator, Michael Lear, Country Director

Fast approaching is the two-year anniversary for the Real Medicine Clinic in Yayawatta Tsunami Village in Seenimodora. Our staff continues to provide high impact care to its community members, care that now reaches out to three surrounding communities, including Polapotha, Kadurupakona and Moraketi Ara. On average, 200 patients per month visit the clinic where over 3000 impoverished people have weekly access to free medical services.

In addition to medical services our staff provides psychological support to those still suffering from post-traumatic stress and models a strong value system for personal accountability for health and establishing and respecting social boundaries of fellow members of the community.

Photos courtesy of Minerva Fernando, Project Coordinator

Our recent progress and accomplishments are listed below:

  • Through cooperation with International Service Partners and part of our community outreach we have initiated and completed the production of Real Medicine staff physician, Dr. Sanjeewa Chamal's award winning book Jeewithayata Vidya Vidyawa on home health care to be distributed to the 95 families of the Yayawatta Village.
  • We have completed our first series of consultations with physicians of Link Naturals, the leading Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Manufacturer in Asia, to have them supply our clinic with traditional, herbal medicine for the most frequently treated conditions at the clinic. Many elderly patients prefer natural remedies to modern pharmaceuticals and in the absence of these alternatives, forego treatment altogether. We see it as essential to honor indigenous, healing practices so all members of the community may feel welcome at our clinic and can receive the care that they feel is the most appropriate for them.
  • Improvements to the clinic were undertaken by International Service Partners, who manages the village Community center where our clinic is located to assure that visiting patients have access to the best possible facilities in the area
  • Our Health Awareness Programs for mothers and teenagers in the community are nearing completion

Remaining Challenges:

Outreach – Still there are no regular/affordable transport services to the clinic for the elderly. Many have to walk for care or forego care depending on their condition.

Increasing the number of days of operation to meet the demands of the community

Funding for more community out reach programs  


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