The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society supported by IFRC, has layed over 200 kilometres of water pipe currently bringing clean water to over 100,000 families in Ampara. This 10 million US dollar programme should be completed by mid 2011, and then, 200, 000 families will benefit. Photo: Bob McKerrow With the permanent housing programme quickly approaching its completion, Red Cross Red Crescent partners have focussed on rebuilding and reconstructing health infrastructure facilities which include a list of 69 projects being undertaken in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. The International Federation has undertaken 14 of these projects. The scope of work includes the construction of new buildings, and the renovation and refurbishment of existing health facilities together with the supply of new medical equipment. The International Federation has made solid progress in completing seven health facilities which are located in the south and south eastern parts of Sri Lanka. In support of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) reconstruction programme, 26 major water and sanitation infrastructure projects have been committed to by Red Cross Red Crescent partners. Many of these water and sanitation projects are highly complex projects, such as laying pipeline networks to new resettlement areas. Targeted tsunami-affected families will only get access to the improved water sources once the entire project is finalized and water is connected to the catchment areas.
A silversmith in the village of Onthachimadam inside his recently completed Red Cross house. Photo: Bob McKerrow