Sri Lanka: Malaria-Free Country According to WHO


Sri Lanka declared as malaria-free country by the World Health Organization (WHO), after the life-threatening sickness malaria completely removed in the island.After Maldives, Sri Lanka is the second malaria free country declared by the WHO.

 Key Facts

  • During the 69th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia Region this announcement was made in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Along with this announcement, WHO South-East Asia Region has honored Maithripala Sirisena President of Sri Lankan and the Ministry of Public Health of South Korea with ‘Excellence in Public Health’ awards for their amazing and constant role in the public health gains of Sri Lanka.
  • Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease which is conveyed by an infected female Anopheles mosquito.
  • The main reason of its causes is parasitic protozoans which belong to the Plasmodium type.

About WHO

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specific agency of the United Nations that is worried with international public health.
  • WHO was established on 7th April 1948.
  • Currently more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 local offices and at our head office in Geneva.
  • The main objective of WHO is “the fulfillment by all people of the main probable level of health” WHO importantly works to decrease morbidity and mortality and improve health during key stages of life, including pregnancy, childbirth, the neonatal period, childhood and adolescence, and improve sexual and reproductive health and encourage active and healthy elderly for all individuals.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 8, 2016