Sri Lanka honours unsung heroes of malaria elimination

Today Sri Lanka honoured the valiant efforts of thousands of health workers towards the country’s success in achieving malaria elimination. Anti-Malaria Campaign staff, epidemiologists, health care workers, researchers and field workers were lauded by the Minister of Health, Dr Rajitha Senaratne and WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh for securing this public health milestone.

Sri Lanka launches innovative method to track health of premature babies

Sri Lanka has become the first country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to introduce an innovative system to monitor the growth and development of premature babies – ‘preterm growth charts.’

Approximately 24 500 babies are born premature in Sri Lanka every year, which can negatively impact growth and early childhood development. The new growth charts will help identify undernourished, premature babies so that timely remedial actions can be taken.

Sri Lanka receives funding boost to tackle AMR

Sri Lanka has received a significant boost to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), one of the biggest public health threats the world now faces. The Fleming Fund has pledged assistance to launch a national campaign in Sri Lanka to combat this global problem.

The Fleming Fund is a £ 265 million pound (GBP) programme designed to support low and middle income countries (LMICs) combat AMR.



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Highlights

Sri Lanka Defeats Malaria and Reaches Zero Cases

The elimination of malaria in Sri Lanka is a public health success story 80 years in the making. After an extraordinary battle with this life-threatening disease, Sri Lanka received WHO certification for having eliminated malaria in September 2016.

President of Sri Lanka receives WHO Public Health Excellence Award

The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena was conferred with the Excellence in Public Health Award by WHO South-East Asia Region for his remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains of his country.

Sri Lanka shines during WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Sri Lanka from 5 – 9 September 2016. Health Ministers from 11 Member Countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region gathered in Colombo for this high level meeting to set health policies and priorities.

WHO Delivers Critical Support to Strengthen Emergency Response in Sri Lanka

WHO donated medical equipment and supplies worth USD 530 000 to the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka to bolster emergency response capacity. Mobile hospitals, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, deployment kits and Personal Protective Equipment were officially handed over by WHO in August 2016

Sri Lanka launches First Ever National Health Accounts

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine launched its first ever National Health Accounts (NHA) 2013 in Colombo which gives a complete picture of the health care financing of the country,

Leading the fight against NCDs through Healthy Lifestyle Centres

In response to the growing threat of NCDs, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine launched the innovative ‘Healthy Lifestyle Centres’ (HLCs) programme in 2011. HLCs bring NCD care right to the heart of the community at the primary healthcare level.

Sri Lanka prioritizes and costs Action Plan for Prevention & Control of NCDs

In April 2016, Sri Lanka relaunched the National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2016 - 2020 with prioritized actions, monitoring framework and cost estimates.

WHO sounds the alarm: diabetes on the rise

This year on World Health Day, 7 April, WHO highlighted the urgent need to prevent, treat and BEAT diabetes. In Sri Lanka, diabetes is of particular concern. 8 % of adults have diabetes and 10 000 people die each year as a result. WHO is calling for urgent action to halt the rise of diabetes.

Sri Lanka reaffirms commitment to combat tobacco on World No Tobacco Day

On 31 May 2016, Sri Lanka celebrated World No Tobacco Day in BMICH, Colombo to raise awareness about the need for tough tobacco control measures. Approximately 26% of adults in Sri Lanka consume tobacco products in one form or another. However, there is high level political commitment to tackle this public health issue.

Leading the way forward on CKDu in Sri Lanka

To accelerate action on chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka, WHO and the Presidential Task Force on CKDu, jointly convened an international expert consultation from 27-29 April, 2016.

WHO officially declares Sri Lanka filariasis free

In May 2016, Sri Lanka and Maldives became the first countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region to be officially declared ‘filariasis free’. The elimination of the disease in Sri Lanka and Maldives marks a significant achievement in combating neglected tropical diseases in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

WHO Supports Training of Trainors for Water Safety Plans

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board of Sri Lanka with support from WHO conducted a Training of Trainors Workshop on Water Safety Plans on 22-26 February at the Berjaya Hotel in Mt Lavinia.

Consultancy on Safe Hospitals Initiative in Sri Lanka

During an emergency or disaster, hospitals and other health facilities must remain operational. Disruption of health services due to damage to hospitals and the lack of adequate preparedness to respond effectively are two major factors that can prevent people from receiving life-saving medical care and other essential health services.

Joint Mission of the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

A Joint Mission of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) to Sri Lanka was held between 5 and 9 October 2015.

Award of Excellence in Health Emergency Management – 2015, Sri Lanka

The development of human resources and capacity building in disaster management require the dedicated contribution and services of professionals who have contributed their valuable input, time, and experience.

Prevention and Control of Rabies in SAARC Countries

SAARC countries comprise 3% of the world's area and contain 21% (around 1.7 billion) of the world's total human population. Rabies remains a disease of public health importance in the region with more than 1.5 billion people at risk of rabies and 45% of global burden of human rabies.

9th PHEDMa Training Course Conducted in Polgolla

The Ninth National Training Course in Public Health Emergency and Disaster Management (PHEDMa) was conducted from 20-29 July 2015 at National Institute of Cooperative Development (NICD), Polgolla.

Sri Lanka Holds First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergencies

The First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergency Management was held on 13-14 July at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

WHO Sri Lanka Reviews Preparedness Capacity to Emergencies

The WHO Country Office conducted a review of its emergency preparedness and response capacity on 10 July at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.


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