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.

The Ministry of Health is scaling up vector control measures and community engagement to ensure people protect themselves against mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding sites.

WHO is supporting the Government in its dengue outbreak response, to bring down the caseload and reduce case fatality.

Sri Lanka ranks highly on global breastfeeding rates

Sri Lanka ranked in the top 23 countries globally on breastfeeding rates, as new analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025.

No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.

WHO supports health emergency response to floods

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. The World Health Organization Country Office for Sri Lanka is working closely with the Government to provide critical healthcare services and support the country’s early recovery and response efforts.

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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. Talking about depression is a vital component of recovery.

Dr Razia Pendse assumes office as the WHO Representative to Sri Lanka

Dr Razia Pendse took over as the WHO Representative to Sri Lanka in May 2017. Dr Pendse presented the Letter of Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, on 16 June 2017.

Sri Lanka launches results of NCD “STEPS” Survey

The Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Dr Rajitha Senaratne launched the results from the “STEPS Survey of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Risk Factors 2015” in Colombo. The STEPS survey investigated the prevalence of NCD risk factors in Sri Lanka in order to guide targeted health interventions in future.

President of Sri Lanka receives WHO Public Health Excellence Award

The President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena was conferred with the Excellence in Public Health Award by WHO South-East Asia Region for his remarkable and sustained role in the public health gains of his country.

Sri Lanka shines during WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

The WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Sri Lanka from 5 – 9 September 2016. Health Ministers from 11 Member Countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region gathered in Colombo for this high level meeting to set health policies and priorities.

Sri Lanka prioritizes and costs Action Plan for Prevention & Control of NCDs

In April 2016, Sri Lanka relaunched the National Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2016 - 2020 with prioritized actions, monitoring framework and cost estimates.

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.

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