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31 Dec 2011 description

In some conflict-affected countries, education itself can become a target of attack for a variety of ideological, political, religious, ethnic, and economic reasons in the context of the larger conflict. Attacks on students, education personnel, and education institutions put the lives of civilians, including children, at risk and may violate international humanitarian and human rights law, including undermining the right to education.

30 Dec 2011 description
report AmeriCares

When six-year-old Anudha plays with his buddies on the new playground at Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Sri Lanka, he gets to experience the joy and liberation of walking unassisted. Before the therapeutic playground was built, Anudha, who has cerebral palsy, and many other children like him, could not walk or play on their own.

30 Dec 2011 description

Actions are afoot to construct 2500 houses in Anuradhapura ahead of "Deyata Kirula" exhibition and these houses would be provided for the war affected people of Bathavia, Keppithikollava, Heravapothana, Vilashia and Thanthirimale.

According to sources, the constructed houses would be provided for all the families in the Oyamaduva area in Anuradhpuram and a scheme to construct 100 houses is also to be undertaken in the area.

29 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 29 December 2011 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka is making progress in the battle against mosquito-borne dengue fever, say health officials.

"Over the last two years we have gone all out to stop the spread of dengue," Pabha Palihawadana, head of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit, told IRIN. "Now we are seeing some of the results."

28 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 27 December 2011 (IRIN) - Volcanic flooding (rain mixed with lava) greeted us at the start of 2011 in Indonesia and we wrapped up the year with billions of cubic metres of water bearing down on Thailand’s capital, and the southern Philippines caught off-guard by storms, which killed more than 1,000 in December.

28 Dec 2011 description
report American Red Cross

Monday, December 26, 2011 — Seven years after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, clear signs of recovery and rebuilding abound in south Asia.

Homes, schools, businesses and cultural centers have been rebuilt and communities have become better prepared for future disasters. Survivors in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Maldives and elsewhere have been able to rebuild their lives after receiving shelter, clean water, vaccinations and psychosocial support from the American Red Cross and its partners.

27 Dec 2011 description

By M. Zafran Packeerally, Communications Officer, IFRC, Colombo

The newly built medical ward, surgical ward and the doctors’ quarters at the Chavakachcheri Base Hospital in Jaffna was vested to the public yesterday (19th Dec).

27 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

COLOMBO, 26 December 2011 (IRIN) - Seven years after a devastating tsunami struck Sri Lanka, more work still needs to be done to secure an effective early-warning system, officials say.

More than 30,000 Sri Lankans lost their lives in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 that struck 13 countries and left more than 200,000 dead across the region.

"We need to improve communication between the agencies," Pradeep Kodippili, assistant director, early warning, at the government's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) told IRIN in Colombo, the capital.

23 Dec 2011 description

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23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

23 Dec 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

COLOMBO, Dec 23, 2011 – UNICEF, in association with the Ministry of Education, is to roll-out teacher training and improved school management practices in twenty three new schools in former conflict-affected parts of Sri Lanka, thanks to the generosity of a Korean donor.

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is funding the teacher training and the sharing of other school management practices a total cost of two million USD/227.8 million rupees over four years.

22 Dec 2011 description

The International Crisis Group welcomes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s “Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission” (LLRC), presented to the Sri Lankan parliament on 16 December 2011. The report acknowledges important events and grievances that have contributed to decades of political violence and civil war in Sri Lanka and makes sensible recommendations on governance, land issues and the need for a political solution.

22 Dec 2011 description

The Disaster Management Centre informs that 10,225 families have been displaced due to the inclement weather situation and majority of them are from the Kilinochchi District. The situation has also affected holding of the GCE ordinary level examination in some areas.

21 Dec 2011 description
report Save the Children

Thursday 22 December 2011

2011 has been the busiest year for Save the Children’s Humanitarian Emergencies team in our 90-year history: 45 emergency responses, in 38 different countries. We’re really very tired.

But the first few days of an emergency are critical. It’s simple. It’s life and death. The faster we respond, the more lives we save.

This year we flew aid planes into conflict zones, faced a nuclear threat in Japan, and launched responses in the aftermath of countless floods, droughts and earthquakes.

On the frontline

21 Dec 2011 description

Obstacles in the implementation of norms & standards of rights in developing countries

21 Dec 2011 description

FAO Food Price Index down slightly in November

Global food prices were generally stable in November, as the FAO Food Price Index fell by just one point from October to 215 points.
The index has fallen 23 points since its peak for the year in February, translating to a 10 percent drop in food prices. The decline put food prices at just 1 percent above their level of one year ago in November 2010.