Sri Lanka receives WHO Certification for Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis
21 July 2016 Today Sri Lanka received certification from WHO for having eliminated lymphatic filariasis - one of the oldest and most debilitating, neglected tropical diseases. WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, presented the certificate to Minister of Health, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, at a ceremony in Colombo.
“The Ministry of Health has prioritized the elimination of this neglected tropical disease for several decades. We have now reached a major turning point, eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem," said Dr Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine.
WHO Sri Lanka Commemorates International Yoga Day
To commemorate the International Day of Yoga, the Staff Association of the WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka organized a training session called “Yoga – an Introduction to healthy living”, which was held at the WHO office in Colombo on 29 June 2016. Yoga can be practiced anywhere by people of all age groups and offers a wide range of health benefits. This yoga training is part of a healthy lifestyle campaign currently underway across WHO.
WHO provides critical support to Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response efforts
The World Health Organization is supporting Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response following the country’s recent floods and landslides. Over 100 lives were lost in the disaster and over 400 000 people were affected, many of whom were displaced from their homes. WHO is supporting the deployment of mobile health teams with essential medical supplies to affected populations. WHO has also secured funding from the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) to provide emergency support at this critical time.
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