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Pears Safe Hands

Pears, the trusted baby care brand of Unilever Sri Lanka recently declared open the fully renovated Children's Ward, premature birth care unit, maternity ward and modified children's play area at the Diyathalawa Base Hospital.

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In the presence of the District Medical Officer, Medical Personnel and Unilever Staff Mr. Amal Cabraal, Brands Director of Unilever Sri Lanka formally declared open the fully renovated Childrens Ward, Premature Birth Care Unit, Maternity Ward and modified Children's Play Area at the Diyathalawa Base Hospital in July 2006. This marks the ninth such project that has been completed under the Pears "Safe Hands" initiative.

Pears, the trusted baby care brand of Unilever Sri Lanka embarked on the Pears Safe Hands initiative 5 years ago as part of its committment towards caring for and nurturing the children of Sri Lanka. This project seeks to uplift the standards of medical facilities and resources for children and mothers and to provide an enhanced quality of life. Speaking at the opening ceremony Mr. Amal Cabraal said, " this is indeed a proud moment for Pears.

We are pleased to be able to provide a higher and improved standard of medical facilities to the children and mothers of Diyathalawa". He further added, " Pears is deeply mindful of its responsibility to reach less developed areas in the country and in bringing about a significant and positive change in the lives of the people".

Ms. Kamani Senanayake, District Medical Officer of Diyathalawa addressing the gathering, mentioned that these new facilities were a boon for the children and mothers in the area. She further placed on record her appreciation to Pears for undertaking this venture in improving the amenities for the people of the area.

In a twist of fate, a new born baby with fluid in her lungs was saved by the equipment, a C-PAP machine that was donated by Pears the previous day. It was used to pump in air to the baby's lungs and maintain the required level of pressure into the lungs thus saving her life.

Under normal circumstances, the baby would have had to be transferred to another hospital since the required eqipment was not available at the hospital, but she would not have survived the long and arduous journey. This is the first time that a C-PAP machine had been donated to a hospital in Sri-Lanka.

These projects have been successfully completed under the recommendation of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians. The success of these projects is also due to the unstinted support of the general public as the funds for these projects is entirely generated through the channelling of 25 cents of each Pears product sold into the Pears Safe Hands project.

Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.

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