“Clean water for a healthy world” is the UN theme for World Water Day falling on March 22, 2010. The importance of clean and safe water for all living things cannot be overestimated. The lack of water and the high incidence of bowel diseases propelled Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) to undertake its Safe Drinking Water & Sanitation Programme as part of its community development initiatives in 2008. The programme is aligned to the UN Millennium Development Goals of providing safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Read More
Bowel disease, one of the most critical health issues the nation faces, is most prevalent in rural villages with limited access to safe drinking water. The Bank has undertaken several projects with respect to the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation.
Similar projects were undertaken in Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Vakarai, Kataragama and Moneragala.
The Bank has also financed the construction of 100 cluster toilets and 50 water tanks across the IDP camps.
The Cancer Counselling Center, at the National Cancer Institute in Maharagama, was initiated by the Bank in 2007. The Center, which offers trauma counselling, has been fully equipped with modern facilities by the Bank. The Royal Marsden Hospital UK provides training courses by the London Counselling Center to Maharagama Cancer Hospital doctors and nurses. In 2009, the facility was renovated and upgraded.
The Bank has completed the renovation of the male Surgical Ward of the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka, and continues to assist in its maintenance.
HNB has established the HNB Sustainability Foundation to aid cancer patients and their families to tackle the financial burden of the disease, especially in cases where the sole bread winner is affected.
The Bank united with the Lanka Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS in the workplace. To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Bank distributed awareness ribbons throughout the week and conducted awareness programmes for 101 employees.
In support of the S-H-A-R-E (Samarasinghe Healthcare Assistance and Rehabilitation for the Elderly) Foundation, a UK and Sri Lankan registered charity involved in community health projects in under privileged areas, The Bank donated LKR 300,000 towards funding the work of three nursing sisters at Kotahena (Colombo), Payagala (Kalutara) and Alagollawa (Anuradhapura).