Conduct a review of the NCD prevention and control programme of the Ministry of Health




World Health Organization (WHO)

Sri Lanka has a high burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) attributable to multiple factors including its ageing population. More than 80% of all deaths are due to NCDs. An estimated 120 000 people die prematurely each year from NCDs. Although Sri Lankans have free health care, the majority of the patients with NCDs remain undiagnosed or untreated. Among those receiving treatment, the data shows that a significant proportion do not achieve the desired clinical outcome.

To curb the increasing prevalence of common NCDs, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka has taken initiatives to strengthen the NCD control and management strategies over the past 10-20 years. However, there is scope to improve the NCD services and make the services more efficient. The planned review will conduct in-depth analysis to identify health system bottlenecks, shortfalls and challenges in provision of continued and high quality of NCD services. The findings of the review will inform the MOH to further strengthen the NCD control strategies for Sri Lanka to meet the national NCD targets by 2025 and SDG NCD targets by 2030.