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