WHO declares Sri Lanka Malaria-free

  1. The disease had been completely eliminated in the island
  2. Remarkable achievement: In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries
  3. Responsive policies: After cases of malaria soared in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, the country revised its strategy, intensively targeting the parasite in addition to targeting the mosquito
  4. Sri Lanka has, despite the protracted civil war that ravaged the country, set high standards in public health and sanitation in South Asia
  5. This is despite the island has been witnessing considerable privatisation in the last decade
  6. The change in strategy was unorthodox, but highly effective
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