Sri Lanka launches South-East Asia’s first NCD Alliance
Sri Lanka inaugurated South-East Asia’s first NCD Alliance on the eve of the “Sixty-Ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia.” The formation of a NCD Alliance was a key recommendation of the NCD Global Action Plan, and the Alliance will play an instrumental role in driving the NCD agenda forward in the country.
WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh congratulated Sri Lanka “NCDs is one priority which unites all countries. We have seen a renewed commitment of our region towards NCDs through policies and programmatic interventions. We have high level political leadership on NCDs, one of those leaders is Sri Lanka.”
Sri Lankan President, DPRK get WHO Public Health Excellence award
The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, and the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were conferred with Excellence in Public Health awards by WHO South-East Asia Region for their remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains of their countries on 5 September 2016.
“Mr Sirisena has been awarded for his outstanding visionary contributions and tireless pursuit of good health for the people of his country. He has been instrumental in strengthening health system and services and has made commendable contributions to tobacco control, drugs regulation, health of migrants and control of chronic kidney disease,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said here after honoring the President with the WHO award.
WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free
In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was today certified by WHO on having eliminated malaria, a life-threatening disease which long affected the island country.
“Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries, but now it is malaria-free. This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders, and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken. It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said here.
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