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* Sri Lanka to establish 'Happy Villages' throughout the island to eliminate poverty
Tue, Dec 27, 2016, 10:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 27, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government prepares to launch a project to establish 'Happy Villages' throughout the island aiming to empower communities in eliminating poverty.

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine office will implement the 'Happy Village' project in parallel to the President Maithripala Sirisena's second anniversary celebration next month.

The 'Happy Villages' are expected to be established through the support and the empowerment of the community.

A series of programs to be implemented in 2017 covering the whole island will be inaugurated in Halkandawila village in Kalutara district on 8th January. A preliminary meeting in this regard was held yesterday at the Kalutara District Secretariat under the patronage of the private secretary to the Health Minister Mrs. Sujatha Senaratne, Government Information Department said.

"Health Ministry will launch the 'Happy Villages' program with the intention of empowering community to eliminate poverty. It is based on the government's initiative, 2017 -the year of poverty elimination. During 2017, two districts will be covered under the program," said Mrs. Senaratne.

Implementation of drug prevention programs and street dramas, rehabilitation of elderly and differently - abled persons, consultation programs to minimize suicides, non-communicable disease control programs, sanitary programs, and mobile health camps will be held under this initiative.


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