Sri Lanka launches National Strategic Plan for Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

May 2017 - 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. Multiple stakeholders working in human health, animal health, agriculture and fisheries sectors in Sri Lanka came together to develop the national strategic plan aimed at addressing the very real and urgent threat posed by Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

WHO shines spotlight on depression for World Health Day

On Friday, 7 April 2017, WHO and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine celebrated World Health Day in Colombo. WHO is shining a spotlight on depression for this year's campaign. WHO estimates over 800 000 people in Sri Lanka have some form of depression. However, depression can be prevented and treated. Talking is often the first step towards recovery.

WHO Sri Lanka celebrates inauguration of new office

WHO Sri Lanka warmly welcomed the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne and WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh to inaugurate the new office building on 23 February 2017.

Representatives from Ministry of Health, UN Agencies, Embassies, and the academic community participated in the celebration.



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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. Talking about depression is a vital component of recovery.


Sri Lanka launches results of NCD “STEPS” Survey

The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne launched the results from the “STEPS Survey of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Risk Factors 2015” in Colombo. The STEPS survey investigated the prevalence of NCD risk factors in Sri Lanka in order to guide targeted health interventions in future.

President of Sri Lanka receives WHO Public Health Excellence Award

The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena was conferred with the Excellence in Public Health Award by WHO South-East Asia Region for his remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains of his country.

Sri Lanka shines during WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Sri Lanka from 5 – 9 September 2016. Health Ministers from 11 Member Countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region gathered in Colombo for this high level meeting to set health policies and priorities.

Sri Lanka prioritizes and costs Action Plan for Prevention & Control of NCDs

In April 2016, Sri Lanka relaunched the National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2016 - 2020 with prioritized actions, monitoring framework and cost estimates.

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.


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