Clinton global initiative supports Lankan rehabilitation project

New York – Dr. Lal Fernando, whose Physical/Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Institutes (PPSRI) plans to construct three outpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Sri Lanka, has received a commitment from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

The support from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, whose Clinton Foundation oversees the CGI, has given a tremendous boost for the Sri Lanka project. Dr. Fernando (pictured with Clinton) told the Sunday Times that the rehabilitation hospitals will be established specifically in Mannar, Akuressa, and Tangalle.

"As you know, more rehabilitation services are urgently needed in the country, and PPSRI seeks to enhance the delivery of physical and psychological rehabilitation support through the building of these hospitals," he said.

Partnerships are already in place between PPSRI, the Goodness Foundation and Navajeevana, with respect to the maintenance and operation of the facilities. Additionally, PPSRI has a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment for 2012. Dr. Fernando said fundraising efforts, which are currently underway, has received a boost from the CGI. Since it was set up in 2005, CGI has made more than 2,100 commitments to help improve the lives of some 400 million people in more than 80 countries.

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