WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, the Health Security Interface in Headquarters and the Country Office in Sri Lanka conduct a training on Emergency Response in natural, accidental and deliberate events and operational readiness
13-15 February, 2019
WHO conducted an international training on 13-15 February in Colombo, Sri Lanka to increase awareness and response capacities regarding events involving the release of hazardous substances including chemicals, biological agents, radiologic and nuclear materials (CBRN). This activity was jointly supported by the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, the Health Security Interface (HSI/WHE/WHO) in Headquarters and the Country Office in Sri Lanka.
The training was attended by 30 representatives from the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Ministry of Defense, Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council, Ministry of Disaster Management and the National Authority for the Implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention of Sri Lanka, as well as 5 representatives from the Maldives. A field visit to the CBRN unit of the Sri Lanka Army was conducted and a demonstration of the response to a CBRN event performed by the Sri Lankan Army.
The training also provided an opportunity to discuss ongoing regional and country strategies, action plans and potential areas of support to further strengthen capacities in Sri Lanka and Maldives.
WHO SEARO will continue to support Member States in the Region to strengthen operational readiness for the coordination of health response measures in CBRN events.