Sri Lanka is slowly untying the knot of problems it once had.
Sri Lanka has set an example to over 2 billion people by becoming the third country in the Asian region to fully eradicate malaria, only behind the Maldives. What’s amazing about Sri Lanka is that it has removed the disease despite having a sizeable population of 20.7 million unlike the Maldives and Singapore, which only have a population of 350,000 and 5.4 million respectively.
Sri Lanka has fought against the odds as it was once one of the most malaria-affected countries in the mid-20th century. The country also suffered a three-decade long civil war which placed strict limitations on resource allocation.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), declared SL “a big success story” after no malaria cases were reported for over 3 years. The successful removal of the disease has ultimately provided hope in eliminating malaria from more than 30 countries.
An extract from the WHO statement said:
“Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. The change in strategy was unorthodox, but highly effective. Mobile malaria clinics in high-transmission areas meant that prompt and effective treatment could reduce the parasite reservoir and the possibility of further transmission. Health education and effective surveillance also helped the campaign.”
WELL DONE SRI LANKA. WE ARE GETTING THERE!!!