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Sri Lanka: Facts and figures 2013

25-02-2014 Facts and Figures

A round-up of the ICRC's work in Sri Lanka in 2013.

Limb-fitting and physical rehabilitation services

  • Supported more than 1,500 patients with disabilities by making available to the Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability Rehabilitation the raw materials and technical expertise needed to produce prostheses and other mobility devices.
  • Covered the costs of rehabilitation for 70 disabled people at Navajeevana orthopaedic centre in Tangalle.

Detainee welfare

  • Monitored 960 people in detention facilities and rehabilitation centres under the responsibility of the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reform, the Terrorist Investigation Division, or the Criminal Investigation Division, and in police stations.
  • Provided hygiene and recreation items for more than 10,000 detainees and former LTTE fighters released after the demobilization and rehabilitation process.
  • Supported repairs and other infrastructure work in the Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and New Magazine prisons and the Boossa detention centre, benefiting over 2,200 detainees.

Cash grants

  • Together with the Sri Lanka Red Cross, provided grants to 650 households in the Mullaitivu district headed by women or people with disabilities, helping them earn a living.
  • Provided grants to 152 former LTTE fighters who returned home from rehabilitation centres, to help them rejoin society and earn a living.

Water and sanitation

  • Worked with the Sri Lanka Red Cross to provide safe drinking water and better sanitary facilities for nearly 13,000 people, including schoolchildren, in the Batticaloa, Polonaruwa and Mullaitivu districts, by digging wells, installing water tanks and toilets and conducting hygiene-awareness and well cleaning campaigns.

Training

  • Trained over 500 members of the security forces and 2,215 personnel set to be deployed on peace-support missions in international humanitarian law.
  • Supported the efforts of the Sri Lanka Police to include standards on the use of force in their training through workshops, briefings and train-the-trainers courses.
  • Trained Sri Lankan judicial medical officers and other forensic experts.