Sri Lanka

WFP Sri Lanka Country Brief, August 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

  • 45 percent of women in the reproductive age group are overweight or obese

  • 33 percent of pregnant and lactating women are anaemic

  • US$ 1,441 paid as cash-based transfers in August 2020

  • 35 participants (140 beneficiaries) assisted through cash-based transfers in resilience projects for August 2020

  • US$ 1.90 million – six months net funding requirement (September 2020 – February 2021)

Situation Updates

• The number of COVID-19 cases increased to 3,012, with no community transmission reported. All COVID-19 patients have been placed in quarantine. Twelve people have died from the disease since the first diagnosed case in March, and 2,868 patients have recovered.

• Schools that were closed due to COVID-19 have reopened adopting a staggered approach, ensuring that hand washing facilities and social distancing measures are in place.

Operational Updates

• WFP together with other UN Agencies, commenced discussions for plans to celebrate 75 years of the United Nations on 24 October. Plans comprise of a webinar series on five key topics - of which WFP will co-host one topic; a coffee table book; a UN Day event; and dissemination of the UN75 survey to gather local opinions on the future that people want and the role of the UN in shaping it.

• WFP and the Government conducted a joint review of WFP’s resilience project in five districts. The review also evaluated the feasibility of new projects to be implemented before the end of the year, with a focus on the rehabilitation of minor irrigation schemes (community water reservoirs), agro-wells and farm ponds for rainwater harvesting for the efficient use of water. WFP conducted community sensitization sessions and training of smallholder farmers in strict adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures.

• WFP has resumed work on the third phase of the development of Platform for Real-time Information and Situation Monitoring (PRISM) system, together with the Department of Meteorology. PRISM is a map-based platform for real-time monitoring and assessment of the impact of weather hazards on food security and livelihoods. The third phase includes a module which enables the system to integrate remote sensing meteorological data. With this enhancement, PRISM will be able to monitor slow onset disasters, such as droughts, and their impacts on vulnerable populations, markets and crop.