WHO's mission in Sri Lanka
is to assist the Government and other health partners to address the changing
health needs of the country during demographic and epidemiological
transition, supporting the adoption of a wider approach to health and
promoting equitable access to health care.
WHO Country Cooperation Strategy in Sri Lanka is
a medium-term strategic framework for cooperation between the Government and
WHO, focusing on six strategic areas of intervention which are consistent
with the needs of the country and will support the Government to adapt and
strengthen the health system. The 6 priority areas of work are:
Health System. Enhance fairness and
financial risk protection in health care and optimal use of resources;
enhance management and quality in delivery of services and interventions.
Human resources for health. Rationalize
the development and management of human resources; support pre service and
continuing education in clinical, public health and management competencies;
strengthen the regulatory framework to ensure quality of performance of
Communicable diseases. Strengthen
surveillance system for existing, emerging and re-emerging diseases; address
priority communicable disease programmes; coordinate action for pandemic
Non-communicable diseases and mental health.
Support prevention and control of major Non Communicable Diseases (NCD),
mental health disorders and related priorities; promote integrated and cost
effective approaches for prevention and management of major NCDs; support
surveillance of NCD risk factors and their determinants.
Child, adolescent and reproductive health.
Reorient the existing maternal and child health services by inclusion
of a package of services and interventions for child, adolescent and
reproductive health and nutrition using a lifecycle approach.
Emergency preparedness and response.
Strengthen and communicate information for emergency preparedness, response
and dissemination; contribute to networks for coordinated preparedness and
crisis management; continue to address health and rehabilitation in
post-tsunami and post-conflict areas; institutionalize the Emergency
Preparedness and Response programme within the health sector.
Over the next six years and with particular focus on the
above six priority areas WHO will aim at catalyzing change through provision
of technical support and at stimulating partnership in health programmes
where joint action is needed.