DPM addresses the 17th Annual Scientific Sessions of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka


The 17th Annual Scientific Sessions of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka was ceremonially inaugurated at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla recently. The College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka is a professional body established to encourage and develop the capacity of members who are involved in the management of health care institutions of the country. It has a membership of over 170 professionals who are from the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Institutions, Armed Forces and Private sector Medical Institutions.


Dr.Myint Htwe, Director, Programme Management (DPM) of the South East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization, who was the Guest of Honor at the Sessions, addressing the inaugural ceremony said, “In the current global health scenario, if any organization or player wants to be successful and effective, they need to work very closely and synergistically with like-minded organizations/players.”

He stressed the need to promote health-in-all policies or healthy public policies in the country.

“Realizing this fact, WHO is trying its best to strengthen collaboration and coordination among different agencies, organizations, foundations and other institutions in its Member countries. WHO has also observed that it cannot work in isolation. We need to work closely with organizations having similar objectives and approaches.” He pointed out that effective networking is one of the ways by which we can achieve this goal.

“This aspect is of particular importance in the context of the topic of the scientific session on “Social Determinants of Health and Nutrition”, because it is a subject which must be tackled by many organizations / institutions / and ministries. We need to work together to reinforce each other’s efforts in the process of recognizing and promoting the importance of social determinants of health.”

He emphasized that to reduce inequities in health, various ministries, agencies and organizations in the country must work together, supplementing and complementing each other’s work.

Dr.Myint Htwe also addressed a Symposium on “Social Determinants of Health and Nutrition” at the Technical Sessions held at the Medical Research Institute.

Dr. Firdosi R. Mehta, WHO Representative (WR) for Sri Lanka made a presentation on “Merging PAL (Practical Approach to Lung Health) with PEN (Packageof Essential NCD interventions) in TB Control” at the Seminar on an Update on Tuberculosis Control” held in conjunction with the Technical Sessions at the MRI, Colombo.

Dr.Myint Htwe, during his visit to Sri Lanka also had discussions with the WR Sri Lanka and WHO Country Office Staff and provided guidance on various technical and administrative matters.