One of the largest public health challenges in Sri Lanka is currently the occurrence of the chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). Previous research indicates that contaminated drinking water might contribute to the kidney disease which is often fatal. The North and the North-East of Sri Lanka are especially affected by these incidents. For this reason, the organization Good Neighbors Sri Lanka (GNSL) in Kebithigollewa initiated a project last year (2017) to improve the water quality through the construction of a water filtration system. The District of Anuradhapura is one of the areas where Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) occurs above average. The drinking water available in many regions of the Anuradhapura District is badly contaminated and therefore improper for human consumption. In addition, the area often suffers from droughts, which further complicates the access to clean drinking water. With the help of the GNSL project, this precarious situation has now been improved for more than 100 families and thus for 400 inhabitants. Thanks to the project the families and the 40 pupils of the Herathhalmillewa School are now significantly better protected from falling ill with CKDu as they have access to clean water for drinking and cooking purposes. By collaborating with community based organizations, it was further ensured that the filtration system is maintained regularly and thus will be preserved in the long term. Besides that, the community as well as the school children got trained through additional educational measures in the areas of hygiene and sanitation in order to achieve sustainable improvements in the day to day life and to enhance the health situation of the inhabitants in the long term.
We are pleased to support such a sustainable program like the GNSL with our Micro Project Scheme and hope that the health situation of the people in the district of Anuradhapura will improve quickly.