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September 15, 2023

Strengthening the village level health promotion networks and empowering the communities to increase their preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health, and nutrition issues

Project Overview

In response to the worsening economic situation in Sri Lanka and to avoid progress being derailed across the health and nutrition sectors, Sarvodaya as the local implementing body supports UNICEF to improve understanding and capacity of the community members to act at the village level on issues related to COVID-19, health, and nutrition. This will be achieved through the establishment of a network of village level health promotion committees across the country. 

The Problem

It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in 2 years of learning loss, compounded by the current crises, and that children are likely to have been disproportionately affected by the crisis, with 2.9 children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The Solution

In each of the 25 regions, 10 village level health promotion committees are established (250 in total) to sustain good health and nutrition practices.  


The Impact

1. Village level health promotion committees and networks are established and strengthened to promote COVID-19 protective practices and address health and nutrition issues. 

2. Community members have improved understanding and capacity to act at village level on issues related to COVID-19, health, and nutrition. 

3. Community Leaders are engaged in mobile messaging groups to gain and share information on issues related to COVID-19, health, and nutrition from trusted and credible sources with the broader community and raise concerns as needed. 

4. Scout Leaders have increased capacity on sustaining prevention and response measures on issues related to COVID-19, nutrition and health among their network and engaging scouts to improve the school environment. 

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement for the People in Need.