Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has affected over 40,000 individuals in main agricultural districts of Sri Lanka. Approximately 6 new patients are found each day from the two districts Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa where the disease is most prevalent and the average deaths reported per year in Anuradhapura district itself is 283. CKDu places burden on health resources of the country due to high cost of dialysis and transplantation as well.
Hatton National Bank's sustainability foundation, the CSR arm of HNB, under its CSR pillars 'Care for Health' and 'Care for Children', has considered this issue as a worthy cause to engage and came forward to source good quality drinking water for the school children in the CKDu endemic areas, keeping in line with the recommendations and goals of the Presidential Task Force on Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention.
As the first step, water purification plants with Reverse Osmosis (RO) Filters have been installed in three schools namely Teladinnawewa Vidyalaya, Labunoruwa Pandukabaya Maha Vidyalaya and Horowpathana Kadawathrathpale Muslim Vidyalaya in Anuradhapura District. The schools were provided with the RO filters, clean water storage tanks and plumbing systems, allowing easy access to safe drinking water for children. The capacity of the units provided was based on the number of students in each school.
The project was conducted with the assistance of the AIESEC in University of Moratuwa. The water purification units were officially handed over to the schools by Mr Mahinda Dissanayake, Manager- Development Banking of HNB North Central Region and Mr Indika Ekanayake, Manager- HNB Anuradhapura in an event held in Labunoruwa Pandukabaya Maha Vidyalaya on the 3rd of February 2016. A group of students and foreign interns of the AIESEC, University of Moratuwa have conducted a two-hour awareness programme to the school children on Chronic Kidney Deceases and prevention at this occasion.
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