The children’s clinic we built in February/March 2005 was desperately needed, even before the tsunami, however there is an extreme shortage of pediatricians in Sri Lanka, with only 120 pediatricians in the whole country and 2 in all of Southern Sri Lanka. The Tangalle district hospital doesn’t have a pediatrician on staff. We promised to provide continuous pediatric care for the children in the Mawella camp and the adjacent villages, as well as for the Tangalle area.
STARR, Inc. will provide for the salary for a pediatrician for 2 visits a week for a two-year period as well. Professor Harendra DeSilva committed to assist us in the search and hire of the pediatrician.