Focus Areas


Who We Are

How We Work

Child Survival

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How We Work


UNICEF has been working for the children of Sri Lanka since the early 1950s (through our India Office) and since 1973, through our office in Colombo and field offices in Killinochchi and Batticoloa.


For the past decade and more, UNICEF’s assistance in Sri Lanka has been focused on emergency humanitarian relief; but with the country transitioning from a post-conflict humanitarian environment to one of recovery and development, UNICEF’s focus, too has shifted to ensure that the rights of all children and, especially poor children, vulnerable children and children who are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation are not forgotten.


Our Current Programme


Our programmes support national policy development and review, capacity building, research and, where we can, pilot projects that showcase model or innovative approaches that advance the rights of children.


Our current programme cycle runs from 2013 to 2017 and supports the following results:


  • Improved quality of education and reduction in the number of children who are forced to drop-out
  • Increased pre-primary enrolment and better learning outcomes for children in low performing districts
  • Improved quality and accessible multi-sectoral nutrition care and services, particularly for disadvantaged boys and girls, pregnant women and new mothers
  • Improved quality of health care, especially for new-born babies
  • Quality water and sanitation facilities in schools and vulnerable communities
  • Enhanced disaster risk reduction strategies  amongst vulnerable communities
  • Improved access to quality social welfare services to prevent, protect and respond to family separation due to violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and disaster
  • Increased access to justice for minors
  • Improved access to employment and information on life skills for vulnerable youth
  • Improved data collection and analysis on the situation of children and women




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