Japan Funds Nutrition Program in Northern Sri Lanka

    The Japan Social Development Fund, through the World Bank, is financing a program that aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in conflict-afflicted northern Sri Lanka with a $2.7 million grant.

    “Targeting pregnant and lactating women and children under two years to improve their nutrition status, adopts the life-cycle approach to nutrition and will allow the targeted population to live healthier and fuller lives,” said World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka Diarietou Gaye in a press release. “Better nutritional status improves educability of children and productivity of the labor-force, which are critical factors for Sri Lanka’s development and growth.”

    The program will focus on specific groups and benefit more than 125,000 people in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The project will provide nutritious, supplementary food, set up women’s groups, and train midwives on health, nutrition, hygiene and counseling.

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