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    Sri Lanka has contributed significantly to improve children's lives - UNICEF

    September 14, 2014

    UN says Sri Lanka has made significant improvements in the lives of children during the past decade. A UNICEF report has commended the country’s strong commitment to improve child health and well-being.


    The report ‘Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia’ by the United Nations’ children agency UNICEF analyzes the progress made over the last 25 years on nine key issues that directly affect the lives of children in South Asia.


    Releasing the report in New York on Thursday, Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia said the region continues to be one of the riskiest places in the world to become pregnant or give birth, with the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide.


    The report, published to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, says Sri Lanka is one of the countries where very progressive legislation has been enacted, establishing children’s legally enforceable rights to health, education, protection and participation.


    Addressing the infant health and mortality, the report said Sri Lanka has seen a significant improvement in the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in infants younger than six months, which increased from 53 percent in 2000 to 76 percent in 2007 due to policy and programme improvements.

    It said Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to translate the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes into a national law. The island nation has also achieved significant progress in maternity protection.

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