Nuerenberg Germany helps Kalmunai
In March this year, a Community Health Centre, the Heinrich A
Litzenroth Memorial Health Centre was opened in Sainthamaruthu, Kalmunai.
The two storyed, 550 sq metres building built at a cost of Rs 23 Million
will provide the basic outpatient medicalcare to approximately 30,000
people living in Sainthamaruthu. At the same time it will also serve as
an advisory clinic on hygienic, maternity health and nutrition to the
Dr Fahmy Ismail, National Technical Advisor, UN Habitat and
Markus Spring from the City Council of Munich, Germany make
a presentation of medical equipment valued at over Rs 3.5
million donated to the Asroff Memorial Hospital staffby GfK
Group, Neurenberg in the presence of Medical Superintendent
Dr A L F Rahman, and Dr Ilahi, MOH
City Council of Nuerenberg in association with UN-Habitat and the
City of Munich selected Sainthamaruthu, Kalmunai as the site for a
Health Centre on a request made by Kalmunai Municipal Council. Kalmunai
has a population of over 100,000 and the township was severely damaged
by the tsunami in 2004. Sainthamaruthu, one of the divisions in Kalmunai,
is a densely populated area with a population of nearly 26,000 and
density of 2,777 persons per sq km. The high population density spread
in a narrow strip of land in the coastal area was the reason for the
high death rate reported at Sainthamaruthu during the tsunami. The
livelihoods of most people in the areas depend on fishing and small
The Health Centre will meet the needs of a large population in
Sainthamaruthu, especially women and children. The centre which is in
operation now has placed its primary focus on disease prevention
healthcare and pre natal care.
Funds for the Health Centre were donated mainly by the GfK Group in
Germany, which is the fourth largest market research organization in the
world. It operates in more than 100 countries.
The centre is named after Heinrich A. Litzeroth, managing director
and Board Member of GfK, who became a victim of the December 2004
tsunami while holidaying in Khoolath, Thailand.
The projects were coordinated through UN-HABITAT office in Sri Lanka.
Dr Fahmy Ismail, National Technical Advisor, UN-HABITAT said that this
was an urgent need.
During their visit to Sri Lanka the delegation from Nuerenberg headed
by Dr Norbert schurgers, Director of the Bureau of International
Relations of the City of Nuerenberg representing the Mayor and Dr Ulrike
Schoneberg representing the GfK Group and as Head of the Nuerenberg Sri
Lanka Aid Association also visited Ashroff Memorial Hospital. They
provided equipment worth of Rs 3.5 Million to the Special Care Baby Unit
in the Hospital. The equipment included a defibrillator, patient
monitors, infusion pumps, syringe pumps and paediatric stethoscopes.
They also provided funds for the basic equipment including
examination beds, instrument/medicine trolley, cupboards, wheel chairs
etc, and over 100 chairs. In addition to this they installed play
equipment such as see saws, math slide and swings for the children.
The GfK Group has also agreed to fund a proposal that has been
submitted by the Kalmunai Municipal Council to address the major issue
of flooding caused by the absence of a proper drainage system.
Members of the Association and their guests visit Sri Lanka
regularly. The Association has also agreed to conduct an annual Health
Camp and provide assistance to preschools and meet educational needs of