Sri Lanka receives WHO Certification for Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

21 July 2016 Today Sri Lanka received certification from WHO for having eliminated lymphatic filariasis - one of the oldest and most debilitating, neglected tropical diseases. WHO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, presented the certificate to Minister of Health, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, at a ceremony in Colombo.

“The Ministry of Health has prioritized the elimination of this neglected tropical disease for several decades. We have now reached a major turning point, eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem," said Dr Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine.

WHO Sri Lanka Commemorates International Yoga Day


To commemorate the International Day of Yoga, the Staff Association of the WHO Country Office for Sri Lanka organized a training session called “Yoga – an Introduction to healthy living”, which was held at the WHO office in Colombo on 29 June 2016. Yoga can be practiced anywhere by people of all age groups and offers a wide range of health benefits. This yoga training is part of a healthy lifestyle campaign currently underway across WHO.

WHO provides critical support to Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response efforts

The World Health Organization is supporting Sri Lanka’s early recovery and response following the country’s recent floods and landslides. Over 100 lives were lost in the disaster and over 400 000 people were affected, many of whom were displaced from their homes. WHO is supporting the deployment of mobile health teams with essential medical supplies to affected populations. WHO has also secured funding from the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) to provide emergency support at this critical time.

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WHO sounds the alarm: diabetes on the rise

This year on World Health Day, 7 April, WHO highlighted the urgent need to prevent, treat and BEAT diabetes. In Sri Lanka, diabetes is of particular concern. 8 % of adults have diabetes and 10 000 people die each year as a result. WHO is calling for urgent action to halt the rise of diabetes.

Sri Lanka reaffirms commitment to combat tobacco on World No Tobacco Day

On 31 May 2016, Sri Lanka celebrated World No Tobacco Day in BMICH, Colombo to raise awareness about the need for tough tobacco control measures. Approximately 26% of adults in Sri Lanka consume tobacco products in one form or another. However, there is high level political commitment to tackle this public health issue.

Leading the way forward on CKDu in Sri Lanka

To accelerate action on chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka, WHO and the Presidential Task Force on CKDu, jointly convened an international expert consultation from 27-29 April, 2016.

WHO officially declares Sri Lanka filariasis free

In May 2016, Sri Lanka and Maldives became the first countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region to be officially declared ‘filariasis free’. The elimination of the disease in Sri Lanka and Maldives marks a significant achievement in combating neglected tropical diseases in the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Climate Service User Forum for Health

WHO Sri Lanka office participated in the recently held Climate Service User Forum for Health on 26-28 April at the Hilton Colombo Residences.

WHO Supports Training of Trainors for Water Safety Plans

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board of Sri Lanka with support from WHO conducted a Training of Trainors Workshop on Water Safety Plans on 22-26 February at the Berjaya Hotel in Mt Lavinia.

Consultancy on Safe Hospitals Initiative in Sri Lanka

During an emergency or disaster, hospitals and other health facilities must remain operational. Disruption of health services due to damage to hospitals and the lack of adequate preparedness to respond effectively are two major factors that can prevent people from receiving life-saving medical care and other essential health services.

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.

Award of Excellence in Health Emergency Management – 2015, Sri Lanka

The development of human resources and capacity building in disaster management require the dedicated contribution and services of professionals who have contributed their valuable input, time, and experience.

Prevention and Control of Rabies in SAARC Countries

SAARC countries comprise 3% of the world's area and contain 21% (around 1.7 billion) of the world's total human population. Rabies remains a disease of public health importance in the region with more than 1.5 billion people at risk of rabies and 45% of global burden of human rabies.

9th PHEDMa Training Course Conducted in Polgolla

The Ninth National Training Course in Public Health Emergency and Disaster Management (PHEDMa) was conducted from 20-29 July 2015 at National Institute of Cooperative Development (NICD), Polgolla.

Sri Lanka Holds First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergencies

The First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergency Management was held on 13-14 July at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

WHO Sri Lanka Reviews Preparedness Capacity to Emergencies

The WHO Country Office conducted a review of its emergency preparedness and response capacity on 10 July at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

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