Thalassemia is prevalent throughout Sri Lanka. Hemoglobal is helping in the following clinics in Sri Lanka at this time: Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Chilaw, Colombo, Galle, Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa and Ragama.
The Tamil conflict
: Another factor that makes life for a thalassemia patient in Sri Lanka more precarious is the Tamil conflict. By some estimates over 64,000 lives have been lost during the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government. An estimated 800,000 people have been displaced, and many well-qualified professionals prefer to emigrate to foreign countries rather than risk the safety of their families. The conflict has placed a drain on government resources, leaving underserved populations without the necessary health care they need to survive. Funds that could be dedicated toward improving health care for Sri Lankans are unfortunately being diverted to defence budgets and military purposes.
: The tsunami of December 2004 devastated Sri Lanka's eastern, southern and western coasts. Homes, schools, and hospitals were but a few of the infrastructural casualties. Some estimates suggest over 31,000 Sri Lankans were killed, yet the psychological, social, and financial after effects on families there are immeasurable. Amidst the rebuilding efforts little additional aid is available to thalassemia patients who require continual support in order to survive.
General Sri Lankan statistics taken from: The World Bank: Sri Lanka Country Brief. July 2005.