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.

Countries pledge commitment on Migrant Health

To address the health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations, health leaders adopted the ‘Colombo Statement’ which calls for international collaboration to improve the health and well-being of migrants and their families. The statement was adopted at the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, held in Colombo from 21-23 February 2017.

Sri Lanka hosts Global Consultation on Migrant Health

Health leaders gathered in Colombo for a landmark consultation on migrant health from 21-23 February 2017. The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, IOM and WHO, strived to build international solidarity to enhance the health and well-being of migrants and their families.

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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.

Sri Lanka defeats Malaria and Reaches Zero Cases

The elimination of malaria in Sri Lanka is a public health success story 80 years in the making. After an extraordinary battle with this life-threatening disease, Sri Lanka received WHO certification for having eliminated malaria in September 2016.

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.

WHO Delivers Critical Support to Strengthen Emergency Response in Sri Lanka

WHO donated medical equipment and supplies worth USD 530 000 to the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka to bolster emergency response capacity. Mobile hospitals, Interagency Emergency Health Kits, deployment kits and Personal Protective Equipment were officially handed over by WHO in August 2016

WHO Collaborating Centre declared in Sri Lanka

A new WHO Collaborating Centre for Medical Education Development, Training and Research was officially declared at the Department of Medical Education in the University of Colombo.

Sri Lanka launches First Ever National Health Accounts

The Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine launched its first ever National Health Accounts (NHA) 2013 in Colombo which gives a complete picture of the health care financing of the country,

Leading the fight against NCDs through Healthy Lifestyle Centres

In response to the growing threat of NCDs, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine launched the innovative ‘Healthy Lifestyle Centres’ (HLCs) programme in 2011. HLCs bring NCD care right to the heart of the community at the primary healthcare level.

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.

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.

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.

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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