UNICEF in action
Under its current programme of cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka (2013-2017), UNICEF works on national policy issues with the National Nutrition Council, 17 different ministries and provincial and district level health providers to improve the quality of nutrition care and services accessed by at least 90 per cent of families with children, as well as by pregnant and lactating mothers.
Systems Strengthening and Community Nutrition Promotion
Based on pilot project in two districts that demonstrated the effectiveness of multi-sectoral collaboration through community based organizations and volunteers in reducing stunting rates, UNICEF is supporting the rollout of the multisectoral approach in ten additional districts, and has already facilitated nearly 80 planning meetings. A rapid assessment of pilot multisectoral interventions indicates the approach has been effectively raised on the district development agenda as well, bringing together four key sectors (health, agriculture, local development and social welfare). In addition, preliminary findings from these ten districts indicate improved long-term nutrition status among children under the age of five, based on changes in the prevalence of stunting.
UNICEF also supports these districts to identify nutritionally vulnerable households and address risk or root causes at household level through development of micro-plans. It has engaged all relevant Ministries to target support to these households, thereby fostering greater effectiveness in service delivery. It also has completed nutritional profiles in the districts, a tool that helps to set concrete targets for interventions aimed at reducing under-nutrition.
Malnutrition in Sri Lanka: UNICEF's Assessment