Founded in 1997 by the late Dr. Deshamanya Kamalika Abeyrathna, Lanka Plus is the first non-profit organization for the welfare of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Sri Lanka. Being actively involved in the field of HIV/AIDS, Lanka Plus has been able to change the lives of hundreds of those infected by HIV
Lanka Plus provides support for PLHIV members who are under ART medication by reimbursing their travelling fees
We conduct islandwide awareness programs on HIV/AIDS and often partner with other organizations
Lanka Plus provides financial aid for the children affected by HIV
Lanka Plus provides the facility of a drop-in centre which PLHIV members can utilize for accomodation and refreshment
To empower PLHIVs in Sri Lanka by improving their health, social and economic status and standing for their rights
Empowering the community living with HIV in Sri Lanka through improved health, economic opportunities, capacity building activities, counselling, and communication through collaborative work with our stakeholders
When the first HIV positive person was identified on Sri Lankan soil in 1987, there was no proper treatment or care available for the ordinary person in Sri Lanka. During the early days of the epidemic, the lack of awareness and fear caused almost all PLHIVs to be heavily stigmatized by society and faced severe hardships in life.
In 1997, a doctor by the name Kamalika Abeyrathna founded an organization to meet the needs of those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Thus Lanka Plus was born. Lanka Plus admits any PLHIV person who is a Sri Lankan into its membership and thereafter, he/she is eligible for all services provided by Lanka Plus, free of charge.
Over the years, the organization has expanded and the membership has grown. Lanka Plus provides services in counseling, care and support, awareness, positive speaking, a drop-in centre, financial support for children and support for self-employment.