Country Cooperation Strategy 2006 - 2011

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 health staff.

*     Communicable diseases. Strengthen surveillance system for existing, emerging and re-emerging diseases; address priority communicable disease programmes; coordinate action for pandemic preparedness.

*     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.