National Summit on Tobacco: Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka: Eliminating Tobacco as a Public Health Problem

Delivering Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh Message at National Tobacco Summit

Commitments and actions at the highest level was seen as HE President Honourable Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the National Summit on Tobacco: Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka. The august presence of Honourable Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Dr Nimal Siripala, Leader of Opposition in parliament was a testimony of the support Tobacco control receives in Sri Lanka. Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh’s message on this occasion was delivered by Dr Arvind Mathur; Ag WHO Representative to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Fact Sheet on Global Youth Tobacco Survey was handed over by Dr Dhirendra Sinha, Regional Advisor to HE President as he released the same.

WHO sending in more medical supplies and assisting the arrival of foreign medical team support for earthquake-ravaged Nepal

WHO/Nawinda L.

WHO is surging additional medical supplies and health workers into the earthquake-affected region of Nepal to help the Government of Nepal provide rapid medical assistance to the thousands who have been injured in Saturday’s disaster. A surge team comprising of an emergency operation commander, two epidemiologists and two logisticians have been deployed to strengthen WHO support.

World Health Day Celebrations on 7th April 2015

Photo Credit: Amal Ranawaka

World Health Day Celebrations on 7th April 2015 took place at the Rupavahini open air Rajatha auditorium amidst an august gathering. His Worship the Mayor of Colombo, Director General of Health Services, Representative of WHO to Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Rupavahini Corporation and the Chief Medical Officer of Health of the Colombo Municipal Council were among those present. The programme started with the canteen of the Rupavahini Corporation being declared as a “Registered Canteen” by the Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council by His Lordship, the Mayor of Colombo, Mr A J M Muzzammil. .

WCO Sri Lanka kick started WHO Day 2015 activities with an in-house “Art Competition”

The WHO Country Office Sri Lanka kick started the World Health Day activities with the Art Competition on the theme of the day for children of staff members.


World Health Day 2015 Photo Exhibition

HE President of Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the World Health Day 2015 Photo Exhibition

The commitment at the highest level of Government of Sri Lanka to ensure safe food was evident with presence of HE President Hon. Maithripala Sirisena who inaugurated the photo exhibition on Food Safety on the World Health Day in presence of Honourable Dr Rajitha Senarathe, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, Honourable Mr A.H.M Fowzi, Minister of Disaster Management, Honourable Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Buddhsasana and Public Administration and Dr Arvind Mathur, WHO Representative a.i.

GAVI Graduation Assessment, Sri Lanka, 23 - 27 February 2015

Since 2002, Sri Lanka has received several kinds of support from GAVI including new vaccine support for introduction of Hepatitis B and Pentavalent vaccines, introduction of AD syringes to ensure injection safety, and HSS support.

Sri Lanka launches National assessment report on Implementation of GSPA-PHI

The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka, launched the National Assessment Report on Implementation of Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property on 13th February 2015 at the Hotel Kingsbury, Colombo.


World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - 23 November 2014

World Diabetes Day - 14 November 2014


International Congress of the Asian Society Against Dementia - 14-16 November 2014

Sri Lanka Association of Geriatric Medicine – Academic Sessions - 12 & 13 November 2014

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