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EU-UNICEF open Health Centre in Gomarangadawala, Eastern Sri Lanka

April 1, Eastern Sri Lanka: Just outside of Trincomalee, a new basic health centre was opened today that will provides preventive health care and nutrition services to 15,000 people in the area.
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World Water Day: Time to Focus on Water Quality is Now, Says UNICEF
COLOMBO, 21 March 2014, Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe Drinking water, and the UN General  Assembly declared that water was a human right, the key issue now, according to UNICEF is how can efforts be strengthened to ensure safe water for all Sri Lankans.
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UNICEF & ILO Joint Statement on Recent Reports of Children involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation

March 14, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka: UNICEF and ILO are very concerned about recent factually incorrect reports in the media that state ‘there are over 40,000 child prostitutes in Sri Lanka, according to UNICEF and ILO statistics.
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UN Congratulates Sri Lanka on Launch of first-ever Multi-Sectional Action Plan on Nutrition
Plan Sets stage for Urgent Action on Improving Key Indications
Moneragala, 6th December: At an event attended by government and development partners, the President of Sri Lanka, Hon Chamal Rajapaksa launched the country’s first-ever Multi-sectoral Action Plan to reduce maternal and child malnutrition in the country.
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UNICEF Highlights Importance of Social Cohesion
Celebrates Ceremony to mark Universal Children's Day
Ampara, Eastern Sri Lanka, November 20, 2013

At a colorful ceremony held at SHAMS Central College, with hundreds of children from different communities, UNICEF urged the children of Sri Lanka to be ambassadors for peace, tolerance and harmony in their schools and communities
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UNICEF calls on all Sri Lankans to show solidarity with the victims of the Philippines Typhoon

COLOMBO, 12 November 2013—United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Sri Lanka expresses its concern for children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) and calls on all Sri Lankans to show their solidarity with the children and families who have suffered from the disaster. The disaster has affected an estimated 9.8 million people. At least half of them are children.
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New UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, 11th October 2013. Ms. Una McCauley has assumed office as the new representative for UNICEF in Sri Lanka. Ms. McCauley presented her credentials to the Minister of External Affairs, Hon. G. L. Peiris on the 11th of October.
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Invest in Early Childhood says UNICEF

Colombo, 3rd August 2013 – A UNICEF-funded  research report on Early Childhood Development (ECD) was launched today by Hon. Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena, at a ceremony in Colombo.  The report will help to lay the foundation for strong ECD programming across all sectors in the country by providing guidance to parents and caregivers on proper care practices and key development benchmarks for Sri Lankan children below the age of five.
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Strong gains in exclusive breast-feeding must be sustained, says UNICEF
August 1, 2013: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF called on government and industry to ensure that the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes continues to be strongly enforced. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries in the world to adopt this Code in 1981. The Code protects and promotes breastfeeding, through the provision of adequate information on appropriate infant feeding and the regulation of the marketing of breast milk substitutes.
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Sri Lanka Seeks Solutions for the Last Vulnerable Children to Complete their EducationAt a workshop dedicated to finding solutions for school drop-outs, the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and UNESCO Institute for  Statistics (UIS) unveiled a joint study on Out of School Children made possible by support from AusAID. The study is part of a global initiative conducted by UNICEF and UIS, to investigate where, how many and why children are out of school or at risk of dropping out. The study looks at barriers and bottlenecks to enrollment and identifies measures that can lead to the inclusion of these children.
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Sri Lanka Launches Nutrition Month
June 18, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka:
In the presence of school children, parents, government officials and development partners, the Minister of Health, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, launched the country’s annual Nutrition Month to promote a healthy nation through proper nutrition.
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"Give us opportunities. Disability is not inability"
UNICEF Organizes forum to promote the rights of children with disabilities
 

At an event dedicated to highlighting the state of children with disabilities in Sri Lanka and the world, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, Karin Hulshof launched a report that lays out current challenges as well as the way forward for creating inclusive societies for children with disabilities. “If we want to achieve the MDGs; if we want a world with equity, then we need to address issues around children with disabilities,” said Hulshof at the launch event.
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UNICEF Commends Sri Lanka for putting children at the center of multi-sectoral policy discussion on quality pre-school and primary education

 

Galle, May 6, 2013:

At the end of last week, Presidential Secretaria and UNICEF jointly organized a two day workshop that brought together a cross section of policy makers from across the country to examine challenges in implementing quality pre-school and "child friendly" education in Sri Lanka.

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