WHO Sri Lanka unites to raise awareness of violence against women and girls

By learning more about the issue, opening up communication channels, supporting those affected and linking women to services, we all can play a role in addressing violence against women and girls. Make a change by talking about gender-based violence and creating stigma-free environments. Let's commit to building a future free of violence. It is our responsibility!

Looking inward: enhancing emotional intelligence to build a better work environment

WHO Sri Lanka staff organized a workshop on emotional intelligence to celebrate Respectful Workplace Day 2017.

How often are we aware of our own emotions? Are we living in the present moment? How can we use the concepts of emotional intelligence and empathy to build a healthier and more productive work environment?

These were just a few of the questions that WHO Sri Lanka’s “Respectful work environment through enhanced emotional intelligence” workshop sought to answer.

Integrating traditional and complementary medicine to promote health and well-being

23 November 2017
WHO is a collaborating partner of the International Symposium on Traditional, Complementary and Indigenous Medicine organised by the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. The symposium provided an interdisciplinary platform to discuss the most recent research evidence, innovations and challenges relating to integrating evidence-based traditional medicine practices for health promotion and disease prevention and management.

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

Antibiotic Resistance is rising at an alarming pace. Systematic overuse and misuse of antibiotics for human health and food production has resulted in greater resistance to antibiotics.Without urgent action, we are heading towards a future in which infections and minor injuries could once again kill.

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Promoting access to assistive products to support the elderly and disabled lead dignified lives

K M Raja is a 51-year-old Sri Lankan working in the agricultural sector. However, a farm injury in 1997 left his lower legs paralyzed, putting his agri-business and the future of his three young children at risk.

7,000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says

At current trends, 30 million newborns will die within first 28 days of life between 2017 and 2030. Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 per cent of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report.

WHO helps strengthen health-system emergency preparedness following floods

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

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.

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).

WHO and MoH hold national consultation on regulating marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children

Marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to children took center stage at a national consultation organized by WHO and Ministry of Health (MoH) on 18 August.

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.

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