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An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

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‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

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Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

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The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

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EU & UNICEF partner in improving facilities that benefit children in the North

Posted on: September 17th, 2017 by Admin No Comments

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have officially opened three new projects – a paediatric ward at Mannar Divisional Hospital Chilawathurai, a water supply scheme in Periyamadu East, and the Gramodhaya Health Centre at Asikulam, Vavuniya – that will bring substantial health benefits to children and their communities in the Northern Province and beyond.

Funded by the EU as part of the European Union-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) and implemented by UNICEF, the three projects were declared open by a delegation including  the Minister of City Planning and Water Supply the  Hon. Rauff Hakeem, the Provincial Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan, the Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Ms. Libuse Soukupova and the Representative of UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Mr. Tim Sutton.

Speaking at the openings, UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative, Mr. Tim Sutton said “We believe that every child, no matter where they live, deserves a childhood, a future and a fair chance to develop to their full potential. Access to safe water and good healthcare is fundamental to achieving this goal. The three projects we have opened today will ensure that more children – especially the most vulnerable in these communities – will have the best possible chance to grow and thrive, for the benefit of themselves and their country. We thank our partners at the EU and the Government of Sri Lanka for their continued support and commitment to achieving these goals.”

Speaking at the ceremonies, Ms. Libuse Soukupova, the Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said “Access to water, to healthcare are an integral part of human rights. In this regard, we are pleased to partner with UNICEF and the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that vulnerable communities enjoy their basic rights. With the leadership of the Government of Sri Lanka, the technical input from UNICEF and the financial support by the EU, this project will benefit large sections of society and I hope this will be one of the many undertakings of this nature”

The newly constructed Mannar Divisional Hospital paediatric ward will benefit over 27,000 people including 1,600 children and their families, while the Gramodhaya Health Centre at Asikulam in Vavuniya will provide vital healthcare including maternal and child nutrition services to nearly 4,000 people in the Asikulam area. Both will offer essential services to women and children, and help to reduce maternal & infant mortality in vulnerable communities. The Periyamadu East water supply scheme and pipe networks will provide safe drinking water to approximately 120 households and over 500 people providing sustainable and affordable drinking water, close to their homes.

The EU-SDDP represents the latest phase of a multi-year partnership between UNICEF and the EU that has to-date helped thousands of children in Sri Lanka and millions more across the world to enjoy their right to education, health, nutrition, safe water, sanitation and protection from violence.

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Dr. (Mrs.) N.K.R. Gunapala (Medical Officer in Charge, Chilawathurai Divisional Hospital, Mannar), Dr. Osman Charles, Medical Officer of Health, Musali, Mr. Tim Sutton, Country Representative UNICEF Sri Lanka, Ms. Libuse Soukupova (Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives), Dr. Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan (Hon. Health Minister, Northern Provincial Council), Dr. (Mrs.) S.R. Jude (Regional Director of Health, Mannar), Dr. S.N. Hillroy Peries (Deputy Regional Director of Health, Mannar)

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2: Mr. Tim Sutton, Country Representative UNICEF Sri Lanka, Ms. Libuse Soukupova (Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives) at the opening of paediatric ward at Mannar Divisional Hospital Chilawathurai

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3: Dr. Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan  (Hon. Health Minister, Northern Provincial Council), with Mr. Tim Sutton, Country Representative UNICEF Sri Lanka, Ms. Libuse Soukupova (Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives) at the opening of paediatric ward at Mannar Divisional Hospital Chilawathurai.

News and Events

An Innovation In Fish-Smoking Improves Lives

December 20th, 2017

The traditional method of fish-smoking in Unnichchai, a small fishing community in the Batticaloa district sees women spending many hours tending to fish laid out on mesh over smoking coals. Health hazards from smoke inhalation are high, while the output from such intensive labour is often low. That is now changing with the introduction of […]

Read More

‘Celebrating Partnerships’ showcases the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka

December 20th, 2017

Celebrating Partnerships, an exhibition on the European Union’s support to district development in Sri Lanka, was jointly inaugurated in Colombo on 12 December 2017 by Chief Guest Dr. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, H.E. Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the […]

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The European Union launches programme to reduce poverty in Uva and Central Provinces

November 29th, 2017

The European Union launched one of the largest programmes of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship. Speaking […]

Read More

Celebrating partnerships – An exhibition on five years of collaboration under the EU-Support to District Development Programme

October 17th, 2017

An exhibition celebrating partnerships built over the course of five years opened in Mannar and Vavuniya on 10 October and 12 October respectively.  The event is part of the European Union’s Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), which helps the poorest communities in Sri Lanka by providing basic infrastructure and services that benefit the local […]

Read More

The Government of Sri Lanka, European Union, United Nations and IFC jointly inaugurate the exhibition ‘Celebrating Partnerships’

October 17th, 2017

The roaming exhibition which was showcased in the Northern Province has now reached the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa. Inaugurated on 17 October in Ampara and 19 October in Battlicaloa, the pictures show a series of development work that has been done to address the needs of the population. This exhibition is part of the […]

Read More