UNICEF provided support SL flood emergency to the Ministry of Health with supplies of 500,000 water purification tablets to ensure safe drinking water and 12.5 tons of chlorine to disinfect contaminated wells and homes. The supplies are currently distributed in the affected areas. In addition, UNICEF is working closely with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to procure 800 water tanks (1,000 litres) and 20 pumps, which will be distributed in the next few days based on the needs of the affected districts.
High Level Roundtable Meeting on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) Relating to Violence against Children in South Asia
Colombo, February 9, 2016: UNICEF together with the National Child Protection Authority, launched an online campaign today to mark Safer Internet Day by encouraging safe and optimal use of the internet.
UNICEF Regional Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar Promotes Hygiene and Sanitation in Sri Lanka
Colombo, 12 October 2015 – International cricket legend and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar addressed the WASH in School International Learning Exchange as part of his support to UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.
“A statistic which baffles me and I was disheartened to know was that 1,600 children die every day because of diarrheal diseases. The good news is that these diseases are treatable and preventable. A simple act of washing hands with soap can keep children safe and healthy and protect them against these deadly diseases,” said Sachin.
Progress for Children and the Sustainable Development Goals
Nearly 15 years ago, the global community rallied behind eight goals in the hopes of building a better and more prosperous world. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set measurable targets and a 2015 deadline for achieving them.
As that deadline draws near, UNICEF has examined global data to determine whether children now have a greater chance to survive and thrive than they did when the goals were set in 2000. The results, showcased in UNICEF’s 2015 Progress for Children report, clearly show that despite significant achievements, millions of the world’s most vulnerable children have not benefitted from development efforts in the past 15 years.
UNICEF Welcomes First Student-led Conference on Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in South Asia
Colombo, June 15, 2015: The Government of Sri Lanka is organizing the first-ever student-led conference on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in South Asia on 16 and 17 June in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. UNICEF warmly welcomes this innovative initiative to empower young people and involve them in appropriate decision making.
UNICEF's Regional Director for South Asia, Karin Hulshof, congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka today and said, “It is a well-established fact that the appropriate participation of children in key decisions affecting them impacts positively on development outcomes. We are delighted that students from all over South Asia will be sharing their views on how we can improve the use of safe drinking water, clean toilets and hand washing practices in the region. We look forward to Governments taking these recommendations into their sector policy agendas.”
Government and UNICEF Launch Campaign to End Child Sexual Abuse and Violence Against Children in Sri Lanka
Thursday 30th April 2015, Colombo: At an event attended by high level government officials, civil society, media and children, the State Minister of Child Affairs, the Honorable Rosy Senanayake launched a national campaign to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse and violence in the country.