Accessibility statement

GHH 150: History of Malaria elimination in Sri Lanka

Monday 12 October 2020, 11.30AM

Speaker(s): Professor Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Dr Gawrie Galappaththy, Medical Officer, Elimination Unit, Global Malaria Programme, WHO; Ravindra Jayanetti: Regional Malaria Officer, Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka Chair - Dr Suranga Dolamulla: Senior Research Fellow, University of York, and Specialist in Medical Administration.

Malaria control activities with the use of bed nets as a form of protection against mosquito bites were started in British Ceylon in the early 20th century. This was followed by organised malaria control interventions in 1911, involving careful community engagement work carried out by elected officials and politicians. Such work continued in independent Sri Lanka, with the country nearing malaria elimination in the 1960s. However technological problems, like the decreased efficacy of DDT, ensured that it took five more decades to achieve 'malaria-free' certification from WHO.

The history of international, regional and national collaborations in Sri Lankan malaria elimination remains important as a global roadmap for actions and, yet, remains underexplored and relatively little understood. This seminar examines the many facets of success, the complex nature of impactful inter-sectoral partnerships, and the contributions of a well organised LMIC health system that was constantly engaging community groups to ensure support for anti-malarial initiatives.

 

Panellists: Professor Rajitha Wickremasinghe: Former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka; Dr Gawrie Galappaththy: Medical Officer, Elimination Unit, Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization (WHO); Ravindra Jayanetti: Regional Malaria Officer, Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka


Chair: Dr Suranga Dolamulla: Senior Research Fellow, University of York, and Specialist in Medical Administration,  Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medical Services, Sri Lanka

Closing remarks: Dr Lakshmi Somatunga: Additional Secretary (Public Health), Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medical Services, Sri Lanka; Dr Prasad Ranaweera: Director, Anti-Malaria Campaign, Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medical Services, Sri Lanka

Location: To be held via Zoom, live-streamed on CGHH YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/eIO_JPKEGu0