WHO committed to helping Sri Lanka control dengue outbreak

Sri Lanka has suffered a record number of dengue cases this year, with the current dengue outbreak resulting in 250 deaths. As many as 82,543 dengue cases have been reported since January this year. WHO is supporting the Government to strengthen the public health response and intensify vector control activities in affected areas to address the dengue outbreak.

WHO supports health emergency response to floods

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. The World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka is working closely with the Government to provide critical healthcare services and support the country’s early recovery and response efforts.

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 is the fourth country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to take part in the JEE, which will help strengthen the country’s health emergency preparedness.

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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.


Dr Razia Pendse assumes office as the WHO Representative to Sri Lanka

Dr Razia Pendse took over as the WHO Representative to Sri Lanka in May 2017. Dr Pendse presented the Letter of Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, on 16 June 2017.

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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