WHO helps strengthen health-system emergency preparedness following floods

Health workers provide medical care for displaced communities during floods in May 2017.

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

Dr Paul Nunn at Welisara clinic

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.

“I noticed something was seriously wrong when I started coughing out blood-stained sputum. I had a severe pain in my chest bone so I visited an OPD in January,” says Prasad. “After a check-up, the doctors initially told me that I did not have any serious medical illness.”

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).

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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.

Sri Lanka gears up to host Global Consultation on Migrant Health

Health leaders will gather in Colombo for a landmark consultation on migrant health from 21-23 February 2017.

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