The Hon Minister Maithripala Sirisena addressed the Assembly on its opening day, presenting both the G-15 statement and Sri Lanka’s national statement on developments and expected outcomes within the health discourse. Minister Sirisena, through the national statement briefed the Assembly on the country’s developments in the areas of non-communicable diseases, health and nutrition, communicable diseases and migrant health. He further expressed his hope that WHO’s decision to reduce the budget allocation to the South East Asian Region would be reconsidered.
Read Hon Minister of Health’s Full statement
Director General Dr P. Mahipala also presented Sri Lanka’s national statement under the Assembly’s agenda item on non-communicable diseases, informing the Assembly on the major developments to prevent non communicable diseases (NCDs) established in Sri Lanka, including the strategic decision to recognize 2013 as the year for prevention of NCDs.
Read Director General of Health’s intervention on NCD.
Sri Lanka was also invited to share its national experiences and views on the implementation of the Global Fund at a special event on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, which was chaired by the Minister of Health of Ghana. Dr S. Amunugama in his intervention presented views on how such collaborations could be improved, including observations on providing relevant Member States required flexibility during the implementation process. The country’s involvement in the multilateral health sphere further continues later next month, when Sri Lanka hosts the Twenty-Ninth Global Fund Board Meeting in Colombo.