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 Post subject: Red Cross to rebuild and rehabilitate 34 health facilities
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 3:19 am 
Health reconstruction in Sri Lanka gets green light

by Lena Eskeland in Colombo

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Date: 18 Mar 2005

The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) and the International Federation have been given the green light for a major project to rebuild and rehabilitate 34 health facilities damaged by the tsunami on 26 December.

A Memorandum of Understanding outlining the details of the project has been signed with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health.

It includes the reconstruction and rehabilitation of general hospitals, base hospitals, district hospitals, rural hospitals, peripheral units and central dispensaries in 11 affected districts. Also included is the construction of three training centres for nurses.

"The Sri Lankan health sector was hit hard by the tsunami. The Federation has developed expertise in reconstruction of health facilities from small health centres to relatively large hospitals. This expertise will now be used in ensuring reconstruction and redevelopment of vital health facilities in the country, as well as helping train skilled staff to support them," says Alasdair Gordon Gibson, head of the International Federation's delegation in Sri Lanka.

The Memorandum was signed by Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition and Uva Wellassa Development, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, Mr Jagath Abeyasinghe, President of the SLRCS, and Mr Gordon Gibson.

The 34 facilities represent more than a third of the health structures that have been identified by the government for urgent redevelopment. In addition to reconstruction, renovation, repair and equipment, the support will cover maintenance needs for five years.

The project will be implemented in accordance with the guidelines, specification designs and standards given by the Ministry of Health. The Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau will prepare the developmental plan in consultation with the Ministry of Health. A committee of five persons will be appointed by the Ministry of Health to oversee project activities in coordination with the Federation and SLRCS.

The Federation and the SLRCS have already committed to constructing 15,000 houses in tsunami-affected districts.

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