Sri Lanka launches South-East Asia’s first NCD Alliance

Sri Lanka inaugurated South-East Asia’s first NCD Alliance on the eve of the “Sixty-Ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia.” The NCD Alliance Lanka was launched by Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Sri Lanka in the presence of Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia and Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The formation of a NCD Alliance was a key recommendation of the NCD Global Action Plan, and the Alliance will play an instrumental role in driving the NCD agenda forward in the country. WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh congratulated Sri Lanka “NCDs is one priority which unites all countries. We have seen a renewed commitment of our region towards NCDs through policies and programmatic interventions. We have high level political leadership on NCDs, one of those leaders is Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lankan President, DPRK get WHO Public Health Excellence award

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The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, and the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were conferred with Excellence in Public Health awards by WHO South-East Asia Region for their remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains of their countries on 5 September 2016.

“Mr Sirisena has been awarded for his outstanding visionary contributions and tireless pursuit of good health for the people of his country. He has been instrumental in strengthening health system and services and has made commendable contributions to tobacco control, drugs regulation, health of migrants and control of chronic kidney disease,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said here after honoring the President with the WHO award.

WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free

In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was today certified by WHO on having eliminated malaria, a life-threatening disease which long affected the island country.

“Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries, but now it is malaria-free. This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders, and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken. It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said here.



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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.

Climate Service User Forum for Health

WHO Sri Lanka office participated in the recently held Climate Service User Forum for Health on 26-28 April at the Hilton Colombo Residences.

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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