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).
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 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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