For over 15 years, the mission of SLMANA – North America has been to bring together professionals and students in the medical and healthcare professions who are of Sri Lankan origin or lineage living in the United States and Canada for charitable and humanitarian purposes.
Below you will find three letters of recognition for various projects funded by SLMANA-West.
SLMANA-West has raised and donated over $500,000 over the past 15 years. Here are some of our most notable accomplishments:
Raised an impressive $125,000 in support of TRAIL
Purchased over $20,000 worth of surgical instruments for the Pediatric Cardiac Program at the National Hospital in Colombo
Secured $70,000 for two monumental projects: The Hope for Children project procured medication, prosthetic limbs, and other necessary equipment for children the National Cancer Institute of Maharagama Cancer Hospital and the Sahanaya project, which laid the groundwork for a community resource center at the National Council for Mental Health (NCMH)
Distributed needed medical and surgical equipment to the Jaffna Hospital and to the Jaffna Medical School
Donated an Ultra Sound machine and a Sonography Machine to the Colombo General Hospital
Supported tsunami relief in the amount of $50,000 in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation to build homes for the victims
Helped collect $200,000 for the Educate A Child project in Sri Lanka
Raised $8,000 through the Calculus for a Cause project in Pasadena, CA
Refurbished the Colombo Medical School Library with brand new medical books
Secured almost $18,000 for equipment for Kurunagala Hospital, including a Sagital Micro saw
Served 470 students through our Kola Kanda Project at Palugaswanguwa Maha Vidyalaya school in the North Central Provi
The Leadership of SLMANA-West is comprised of physicians from many disciplines. Our new Board of Directors was elected in March 2018 and will serve for one calendar year. Please learn more about our esteemed Board and Committee Members here.
Our Current Projects
Hope for Children, with support from Lions Club International
The Sri Lanka Medical Association North America–Western Region and the Lions International Club of Sri Lanka have joined forces to help underprivileged children in Sri Lanka to live cancer free lives. The Lions Club is launching the “HOPE FOR CHILDREN” project, which will procure the required medication, prosthetic limbs, and other necessary equipment. These will be purchased directly and distributed through the Medical Director in charge of the children’s unit at The National Cancer Institute of Maharagama Cancer Hospital.
Community Resource Center at the National Council for Mental Health
A community resource center at the National Council for Mental Health or NCMH also known as Sahanaya, a non-profit non-governmental organization, was established in 1982 and is a registered charity in Sri Lanka. Sahanaya is a unique and novel venture (and the first in Sri Lanka) and aims to increase much needed awareness of the prevalence, causes, stigma and effective treatment and care options available. The center will be an invaluable resource for the community at large to understand and appreciate mental illness better and also for patients with mental illness and their families.