Zika Virus Disease

Zika virus occurs in tropical areas with large mosquito populations, and is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Southern Asia and Western Pacific. A type of mosquito, known as Aedes is responsible for the spread of this virus and also infections such as dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever

HIV prevention services in Sri Lanka

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Photo Credit: Bandara - WHOSRL

The country’s HIV epidemic has been at a very low level since the first case was reported nearly three decades ago. The estimated HIV prevalence is below 0.1% and the estimated number of people living with HIV today is between 2000 and 5000 (3777) . At the end of 2014 there were 644 people on antiretroviral therapy (ART). There has been a slow increase in the number of infections detected each year, but no change in overall prevalence.

Message of Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South East Asia Region

I would like to convey my congratulations to His Excellency Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, for getting the WHO’s prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award. This award is in recognition of Sri Lanka’s achievements in tobacco control and the contribution of Sri Lanka towards the advancements of the objectives of the Global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but more importantly this award is in appreciation of the indefatigable efforts of Dr Senaratne in the pursuit of curbing the serious public health menace of tobacco.

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.


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.

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.

Seasonal Influenza in Sri Lanka

Seasonal influenza viruses circulate and cause disease in humans every year. In Sri Lanka, for the last few years, it has been generally observed during April to June and again in November to January. It spreads from person-to-person through sneezing, coughing, or touching contaminated surfaces. Seasonal influenza viruses can cause mild to severe illness and even death, particularly in some high-risk individuals. Persons at increased risk for severe disease includes pregnant women, the very young and very old, immune-compromised people, and people with chronic underlying medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes mellitus and heart diseases.

Eighth PHEDMa Training Course Conducted in Kandy

The Eighth National Training Course in Public Health Emergency and Disaster Management (PHEDMa) was conducted from 25-29 May at the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya in Kandy. The training course was organised by Health Emergency and Disaster Management Training Centre (HEDMaTC) in collaboration with WHO and the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine. A total of 14 participants attended the 5 day residential program.

The World Immunization Week (WIW), 24-30 April 2015

Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions, the world has ever known, which prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths every year and has been protecting children against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, polio and measles for many years.

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.

World No Tobacco day Awards 2015

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


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

World Diabetes Day - 14 November 2014

Recent Publications

NCDs in a lower-middle-income country

CKDu Literature Repository


WHO Sri Lanka Newsletter

Country Cooperation Strategy 2012-17

WHO Sri Lanka Highlights

Emergency and Humanitarian Action

WHO Sri Lanka Health Repository

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