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Sri Lanka: Post Tsunami recovery programme works well- IFRC Vice President

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Visiting President of Swedish Red Cross and Vice President of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr. Bengt Westerberg says that the post tsunami recovery programme undertaken by the Red Cross Movement in Sri Lanka works well and he was impressed about the progress. ' It is my understanding following the discussions I had with experienced people engaged in these activities, the programme works very well in Sri Lanka. Some people expect immediate results but it is our experience that it takes time to construct houses and other facilities', he said in an interview with Communications Department of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society after a discussion with the Hon. President of the SLRCS, Mr. Jagath Abeysinghe and National Secretary Mr. S. H. Nimal Kumar on 18th January.

Mr. Westerberg in responding to a question said that the work done by the volunteers is extremely important and they are the people who work hard to achieve the Red Cross dream comes to true. Capacity building of the Red Cross Societies should be a responsibility of the societies themselves. IFRC will support as much as possible in this endeavor.

Mr. Westerberg visited Galle, Batticaloa and Ampara districts to inspect projects carried out under the supervision of the IFRC . He also had discussions in Colombo with Head of Delegation of IFRC, Tony Maryon, Head of ICRC, Thierry Meyrat and Chairman of the Task Force, Tissa Abeywickrama.

Post tsunami recovery programmes implemented in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with assistance from Rd Cross Movement includes construction of 15,000 houses, reconstruction of 61 medical facilities, provision of water and sanitation, restoration of livelihood and psychosocial programme.