The active contribution of Medi-Aid makes it possible to provide the missing or replace defective materials , such as wheelchairs, walkers, (hospital) beds, mattresses, (para) medical instruments to small hospitals, elderly homes and orphanages in Sri Lanka. This material is donated in The Netherlands by different organizations to Medi-Aid which in turn toke account for the transport, shipment and the distribution in Sri Lanka. Having good and proper equipment also means that patients can be treated better and cared for and is therefore optimization of treatment and care.
Besides donating material from the Netherlands to use directly, Medi-Aid also supplies parts. Parts that can be used for repair and maintenance of the material. The next step that Medi-Aid is hoping to take is to help Sri Lankans manufacture and customize the materials themselves. In this way it creates jobs and the equipment will be maintained in the best way.
The elderly care in Sri Lanka can’t be compared to those we have in the Netherlands, the government still has too little emphasis at that point. Particularly for the disadvantaged and single elderly people living in Sri Lanka it is a hopeless case. Therefore, it still happens that the poor elders literally live and die in the gutter! The same applies to a disabled person in a less fortunate family. They often remain stoked from proper treatment, support and resources. Also, they often live in appalling conditions in the streets including the Colombo capital and languishing in the house where they live.