UNDP and EU support COVID-19 response of local government authorities


Jul 09, 2020 (LBO) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided COVID-19 protective and preventive equipment to 134 Local Government authorities across the Eastern, Northern, North-Central and Uva Provinces.

The support to the Local Government Authorities comes under the Capacity Development of Local Government Project (CDLG) which is a four-year project (2020-2023) funded by the European Union (EU).

The project aims to strengthen the capacities of the selected local Government authorities to be inclusive, responsive and accountable, so they are able to deliver better services to communities.

The gear consisted of 600,000 face masks, 53,000 gloves, 400 protective goggles, 305 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers (NCIT) and 8,000 500ml bottles of Hand Sanitizer and other safety gear.

Recently, the preventative kits for the Eastern Province were handed over to Mr. Thusitha Wanigasingha, Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province by Mr. Robert Juhkam, Resident Representative of UNDP in Sri Lanka during a visit to Trincomalee.

Mr. Manivannan, Commissioner of Local Government to Eastern Province, Assistant Commissioners of Local Government, Commissioners of Municipal Councils, other senior staff from the Chief Secretariat of the province and UNDP colleagues were present during this handover.