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.
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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