FAQ’s about antibiotic resistance

"Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them."

Conference on Fourth Industrial Revolution & Healthcare

24th -26th October 2018 - Kingsbury Colombo

The 4th Industrial revolution is a societal transformation and a radical shift that technologies have made possible. It’s about an emerging set of industrial technologies as we will soon witness require combinatory capacities. A disruption and blurring of the lines between industry sectors.

The next step for Maternal and Newborn Care

Credit - WHO Photograph
New Born Baby at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital

Maternal and Newborn Care Programme in Sri Lanka is now focusing on further improvement of quality of MNH services with the objective of achieving SDG targets and reducing morbidities among mothers and babies. WHO together with Family Health Bureau of the Ministry of health and UNICEF has introduced ‘ Point of Care Quality Improvement” techniques for hospital staff engaging in MNH services. The third national capacity building session was held in Anuradhapura on 17 and 18 of October for hospital staff from North Central province and Puttalam district with the participation of 65 staff.

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Launch of Sri Lanka Accident Data Management System (SLADMS) - 07th September 2018, Colombo

Road Safety is a global public health priority. The SDG 3 target (Good Health and Well Being) aims to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020 while SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) relates to providing access to sustainable transport system for all, improving road safety and expanding public transport The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2011 - 2020 as the Decade of Action for road safety.

Sri Lanka has Successfully Controlled Rubella – Certified by WHO

“The WHO South East Asia Regional Verification Committee for Measles Elimination & Rubella Control in its meeting in August 2018 concluded that the transmission of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome has been controlled in Sri Lanka. This success is due to the strong leadership of the Government and the commitment of health workers under the technical guidance of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health leading to an efficient vaccine preventable disease surveillance and equitable access to immunization with high coverage.”

WHO Sri Lanka's Peacebuilding and Violence Prevention training programme, Manohari, continues with a five day training workshop for mental health workers in the Northern Provence.

As part of the WHO’s involvement in the Peacebuilding process in Sri Lanka a programme of workshops to build conflict resolution skills in Community Leaders is being undertaken throughout the country.

World Health Day 2018 - Colombo: The perfect place to mark the day.

World Health Day 2018 was made extra special by the decision of the Director General to travel to Sri Lanka to spend the big day here. Dr Tedros picked Sri Lanka because of its long standing to commitment to Universal health Coverage, the theme of this years event.

World TB Day 2018

Sri Lanka observed World TB Day with an awareness walk at Independence Square under the patronage of the Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Seneratne, followed by a conference on Sri Lanka’s fight against TB.

A Future in Data - WHO’s Contribution to the Success of #SDGDataLk

#SDGDataLk, a two-day symposium (March 20-21, 2018) on enhancing data for a sustainable Sri Lanka was organized by the Government and the United Nations in Sri Lanka with the strategic partnership of the Select Committee of Parliament on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Department of Census and Statistics, CITRA Social Innovation Lab, LIRNEasia, and Pulse Lab Jakarta. The event was attended by approximately 500 participants inclusive of multiple stakeholders from the Government, UN Agencies, Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and Data and Research Organizations. Twenty-four esteemed local and international resource persons collectively led ten sessions over the period of two days with vital discussions on using data for SDGs.

WCO Sri Lanka conducts a Staff Development & Learning (SDL) on Universal Health Coverage

WCO Sri Lanka conducted a Staff Development and Learning activity on Universal Health Coverage on the 8th of March 2018. The activity aimed to create awareness among the staff on the concepts and principles of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as well as promote good appreciation of WHO’s work in achieving “Health for All, everyone, everywhere”.

WHO Sri Lanka unites to raise awareness of violence against women and girls

By learning more about the issue, opening up communication channels, supporting those affected and linking women to services, we all can play a role in addressing violence against women and girls. Make a change by talking about gender-based violence and creating stigma-free environments. Let's commit to building a future free of violence. It is our responsibility!

Looking inward: enhancing emotional intelligence to build a better work environment

How often are we aware of our own emotions? Are we living in the present moment? How can we use the concepts of emotional intelligence and empathy to build a healthier and more productive work environment?

Integrating traditional and complementary medicine to promote health and well-being

23 November 2017
WHO is a collaborating partner of the International Symposium on Traditional, Complementary and Indigenous Medicine organised by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The symposium provided an interdisciplinary platform to discuss the most recent research evidence, innovations and challenges relating to integrating evidence-based traditional medicine practices for health promotion and disease prevention and management.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

Antibiotic Resistance is rising at an alarming pace. Systematic overuse and misuse of antibiotics for human health and food production has resulted in greater resistance to antibiotics.Without urgent action, we are heading towards a future in which infections and minor injuries could once again kill.

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Promoting access to assistive products to support the elderly and disabled lead dignified lives

K M Raja is a 51-year-old Sri Lankan working in the agricultural sector. However, a farm injury in 1997 left his lower legs paralyzed, putting his agri-business and the future of his three young children at risk.

7,000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says

At current trends, 30 million newborns will die within first 28 days of life between 2017 and 2030. Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 per cent of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report.

WHO helps strengthen health-system emergency preparedness following floods

Health facilities and staff are essential lifelines for communities during emergencies. The May 2017 floods in Sri Lanka highlighted the importance of developing stronger health systems that can continue to provide effective medical care in emergencies and disasters.

Faster diagnosis key to fighting TB in Sri Lanka: TB review mission reveals

Prasad* is a 19-year-old student studying engineering at a local university. Prasad had been sick with a persistent cough for more than two weeks.

Sri Lanka to receive new international support on tobacco control

Colombo, 28 September 2017
Sri Lanka has been selected to receive dedicated international support through the United Nations to take action to reduce tobacco use. Through the “FCTC 2030” project, Sri Lanka will receive assistance to undertake a government-wide programme of work to strengthen tobacco control. The project, to run for five-years, will bring international support to Sri Lanka from the World Health Organization (WHO), the WHO FCTC Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

WHO and MoH hold national consultation on regulating marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children

Marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children took center stage at a national consultation organized by WHO and Ministry of Health (MoH) on 18 August.

Sri Lanka scales up efforts against dengue

Sri Lanka is witnessing an increase in dengue cases this year. Over 100,000 cases have been reported, with a significant number from the western provinces.

President inaugurates WHO stall at Colombo International Book Fair

His Excellency, President Maithripala Sirisena, inaugurated the WHO stall at the Colombo International Book Fair 2017. The Book Fair happens every year and has island-wide participation, with more than 400 book stalls attracting many visitors. The WHO Sri Lanka Office has been participating in the fair for the last 17 years. It is an invaluable opportunity to reach out to the general public and provides access to a wealth of health information.

WHO supports health emergency response to floods and landslides

Since 25 May 2017, heavy rainfall due to the southwest monsoon resulted in severe flooding and landslides affecting 15 out of 25 districts in Sri Lanka. As of 31 May, the government has declared a total of 604,713 people have been affected by the adverse weather conditions.

Sri Lanka launches National Strategic Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Sri Lanka launched its National Strategic Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance in the presence of the Hon. Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and Hon. Ammer Ali Seyed Mohammad Sihabdeen, State Minister, Rural Economy.

Joint external evaluation on Sri Lanka’s International Health Regulations Core Competencies

A Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to evaluate Sri Lanka’s International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacities to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats is taking place from 19 – 23 June 2017.

Sri Lanka’s National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol conferred with prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award

In recognition of the outstanding achievements in tobacco control, the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) in Sri Lanka was conferred with the prestigious WHO South-East Asia Region’s “World No Tobacco Day Award” on 31 May 2017.

Sri Lankan Dr Mahendra Wijesuriya appointed to Global NCD Alliance board

Sri Lankan Dr Mahendra Arunashanthi Wijesuriya, Executive Director, NCD Alliance Lanka, was appointed to the first ever Global NCD Alliance board. He is one of the 13 board members recognized as global leaders in the field of NCD prevention and control.

Renewed efforts in Sri Lanka’s battle against leprosy

Hendala Leprosy Hospital harks back to a bygone era. It was the first leprosy hospital built in South Asia in 1708. Today, the original funeral carts used for the burial of leprosy patients stand outside the hospital, serving as a stark reminder of leprosy’s dark past and the forced separation of leprosy patients.

World Health Day 2017. Depression: Let's talk

This year World Health Day focuses on ‘depression’. Globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression. It impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends.

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