The Hambantota district was among the worst hit by the tsunami. HealthRight International conducted in-depth assessments and baseline surveys to determine priority needs of the community. In partnership with local partners and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition, and Uwa Wellassa Development (MOH), HealthRight undertook the rehabilitation of two rural hospitals in the district. The renovation and upgrade of the hospitals and the comprehensive training of health care providers has both restored and improved health services for over 138,000 residents.
HealthRight trained a corps of local volunteers and conducted a series of one-day community medical camps to provide care and information to thousands of families. The community medical camps screened and treated hundreds of patients who had little access to hospitals or clinics. A HealthRight-trained corps of 48 local volunteers led a community-wide campaign on primary health care, raising awareness of health, hygiene and sanitation concerns in twelve tsunami affected areas.