UNICEF in action
Under its current programme of cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka (2013-2017), UNICEF works with the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, the Ministry of Education Services, schools and NGOs to support national capacity development to ensure that at least 80 per cent of communities in low-coverage areas have equitable access to and use safe water and improved sanitation facilities. Specifically, UNICEF supports:
Focus on Quality and Systems Strengthening
UNICEF supports activities that strengthen the assessment and monitoring of water and sanitation provision in rural communities, the promotion of water quality surveillance, and the introduction of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training and capacity building for the sector to mitigate the effects of climate change.
WASH in Schools and for the Underserved
These initiatives, to improve water quality surveillance and WASH in schools, continue to and have enabled more than 90,000 school children and 2,500 teachers in 360 schools in underserved areas to access water and sanitation.
UNICEF supported-emergency recovery for more than 150,000 flood-affected persons (49,554 families, including 12,410 children younger than age 5) in 2012, providing safe water for drinking and personal hygiene and basic sanitation facilities. Where appropriate UNICEF will continue to provide emergency WASH support in the country.