Swiss organization opens health clinic in Ayathiyamalai

[TamilNet, Friday, 04 April 2003, 03:59 GMT]
International voluntary organization, Terre des homme (Tdh) which has its head quarters in Switzerland, Thursday, opened a Medical and Health Clinic in Ayathiyamalai, a village located 52km southwest of Batticaloa town, health officials in Batticaloa said.

Miranda Armstrong, Tdh
Tdh's Miranda Armstrong ceremonially opening the Health Clinic
The Health Clinic in Ayathiyamalai is expected to provide specialized support to children and expectant mothers, said sources.

More than 700 families used to reside in Ayathiyamalai region during the early 1990. The villagers were displaced due to war and several have now returned back to their homes.

The Health Clinic, constructed at a cost of Rs 1.4 million, was ceremonially opened by Batticaloa resident representative of Terre Des homme, Miranda Armstrong by cutting the ribbon.

District Health Services Commissioner, Dr. S. William, Pattipalai Health and Medical Officer, S. Krishnakumar, Pattipalai political head of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), T. Lakiyaraj, External Officer, K. Kamalanathan and other health officials participated in the opening event.

Terre des Homes has been serving the deprived regions in Batticaloa district for several years especially in the area of nutritional and medical help to children and mothers.



Ayathiyamalai Health Clinic
(L-R) Miranda Armstrong, Dr. William, Krishnakumar and LTTE political head Lakiyaraj



The Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) with headquarters in Lausanne is the largest Swiss children’s aid organisation operating outside Switzerland. For 40 years, the movement has been active wherever children are in need. The movement follows the Charta of its founder, Edmond Kaiser, pledging to provide direct and unbureaucratic assistance to children in distress, wherever they may be. Resolute commitment and long-term experience have led to Terre des hommes today playing a leading role in the field of humanitarian aid at an international level. With emergency action and long term projects, Terre des hommes is fighting for children’s rights in 30 countries, practising a strict policy of political, ideological and religious neutrality, the website of Terre des homme said.


Ayathiyamalai Health Clinic
(L-R) Health Officer Krishnakumar attending to patients in the Clinic


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