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Action against dengue beginning to pay off

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COLOMBO, 29 December 2011 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka is making progress in the battle against mosquito-borne dengue fever, say health officials.

"Over the last two years we have gone all out to stop the spread of dengue," Pabha Palihawadana, head of the Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit, told IRIN. "Now we are seeing some of the results."

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Combating dengue in the East for a safe environment

By Zafran Packeerally – Red Cross Communications Officer in Sri Lanka

Ampara, Sri Lanka - The dengue epidemic still remains a major health hazard in many parts of the island. Consorted efforts are being made by the government health authorities, public and private organizations, and schools among others by extending their fullest support towards achieving the goals of National Dengue prevention program launched by the Ministry of Health.

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Finally Dengue Takes a Beating

By Amantha Perera

COLOMBO, Apr 6, 2011 (IPS) - Dengue infections and deaths here have declined significantly this year.

"We are seeing the results" of a new campaign against dengue now, Pabha Palihawadena, director of the health ministry's epidemiology unit, told IPS.

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Sri Lanka: Dengue deaths declining

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COLOMBO, 17 March 2011 (IRIN) - For the first time in two years, reports of dengue fatalities and infections in Sri Lanka are falling, which officials attribute to aggressive island-wide public awareness campaigns and measures to wipe out mosquito breeding grounds.

As of 10 March, there were 2,261 dengue infections and 24 deaths reported this year, according to the Health Ministry's epidemiology unit. [ http://www.epid.gov.lk/ ] In 2010 there were more than 9,600 infections and 64 deaths in the first two months of the year alone.

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SRI LANKA: IOM Supports Health Ministry Dengue Prevention and Control Efforts in North

IOM last week supported a Ministry of Health training for over 100 nurses and paramedics in managing patients with mosquito-borne dengue fever at Vavuniya General Hospital.

The training, which followed an earlier workshop for health workers on outbreak preparedness, hospital surveillance, surge capacity and preventative interventions, was delivered by specialists in infectious diseases, paediatrics and vector control and follows a major, nationwide outbreak of the disease in Sri Lanka last year.

In Vavuniya district, where thousands

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Sri Lanka - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2011

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

h Between August 2009 and December 2010, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that more than 325,000 individuals, or 94 percent of conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka, have returned to their areas of origin in Northern Province.

h Torrential rains on November 10 and 11 caused heavy flooding in Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, and Matara districts in southwest Sri Lanka, displacing nearly 20,600 people and damaging or destroying more than 300 houses, according to OCHA. Additional heavy rains

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Sri Lanka - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated May 5, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- On September 25, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) announced that the Ministry of Resettlement had returned or released approximately 265,000 of 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) temporarily residing in welfare centers. These individuals had fled conflict areas in the months leading up to the May 19, 2009, GoSL declaration

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In Brief: Dengue numbers drop in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, 15 September 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials in Sri Lanka are reporting a significant drop in the number of reported dengue cases. "Numbers are going down throughout the island," Prishanthy Wijesinghe, a senior official with the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, told IRIN. He warned, however, that it was too early to assume the risk was past.

According to the unit, 58 cases of the mosquito-borne disease occurred during the second week of September, down from nearly 600 cases a week earlier. There were no reported deaths. By

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SRI LANKA: Dengue prevention becomes household chore

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MAELIYA, 16 August 2010 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka has launched a massive community prevention campaign targeting dengue fever using billboards, TV spots and even schoolchildren.

"I have made my parents clean up the garden," said Kasun Dilhan, a seven-year-old pupil at Maeliya Public School, in the northwestern Kurunegala District about 150km from the capital Colombo. "We also make sure the school and other areas like the temple are cleaned."

After a 10-year peak in 2009, and with cases even higher through to the end of this July - 24,520 cases compared

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Sri Lanka: Life saving medicines for Dengue patients distributed to hospitals

Lives saving drugs for the benefit of critical dengue patients imported from Thailand have been distributed to hospitals by the health ministry. The Ministry of Health has taken the necessary action to import from Thailand, a consignment of drugs that can increase the blood composition of Dengue patients.

The first stock of Dextron-40 drug was imported recently. The second stock was due to reach the island shortly. The World Health Organisation supported the import of Dextron-40 from Thailand.

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Sri Lanka: A concentrated nationwide programme to combat the Dengue Threat

The Minister of Health Mr. Maithripala Sirisena said that a Presidential Task Force has been established to combat the Dengue threat and an islandwide dengue control programme has ben launched on 2nd, 9th Mondays, and Saturdays 21st and 28th.

He said that these activities will be repeated at regular intervals to maintain the sustainability of the programme. Mr. Sirisena said that although it took 8 years to eradicate the Malaria epidemic, the dengue epidemic can be arrested in a short period. The Minister emphasized about the threat posed by the epidemic and said that several

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Asia: number of dengue cases on the increase

By Necephor Mghendi and Lasse Norgaard, IFRC

The number of dengue cases is rising at an alarming rate in some countries across Asia as the rainy season intensifies. Health authorities have reported thousands of cases, including Sri Lanka with 22,000 patients seeking assistance and 29,000 in the Philippines, many in the province of Davao del Sur, which has declared a "state of emergency".

In Thailand figures have reached 40,000 - a five-year high - and Malaysia has reported 27,000 cases in the first seven months of the year.

There are concerns that numbers are likely

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In Brief: Sri Lanka steps up dengue prevention

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COLOMBO, 22 July 2010 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka has declared the third week of August National Dengue Prevention Week, as dengue cases spike during the months-long monsoon season. There have been 21,486 cases [http://www.epid.gov.lk/Dungue_updates.htm] nationwide, and 158 deaths up till 20 July.

The Ministry of Health's epidemiology unit expects numbers to rise [http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89404]

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Sri Lanka: Dengue Outbreak - DREF operation n° MDRLK001 - Final Report

DREF operation n=B0 MDRLK001

GLIDE n=B0 EP-2009-000163-LKA

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarkedmoney created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for RedCross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation'sdisaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

History: On 4 September 2009, CHF 99,412 (USD 94,343.2 or EUR 65,959.6) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster

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Sri Lanka: Dengue threats to be dealt with deterrent punishment

Health ministry has decided to strictly enforce the law to deal with persons liable for mosquito breeding places with the help of security forces as Colombo district is reported to be the worst hit by dengue threat with 2893 reported cases and 33 deaths.

The Health Ministry has warned that persons who maintain mosquito breeding grounds will be liable for a six month imprisonment.

The Defence Ministry has agreed to give support of all security sectors for the strict enforcement of the Mosquito Breeding Control Act countrywide. The task force appointed by President

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SRI LANKA: Colombo braces for dengue outbreak

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COLOMBO, 8 June 2010 (IRIN) - Health officials are stepping up their efforts to avert a dengue outbreak in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

According to the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit, 1,806 dengue cases were reported in the city of more than half a million people in May, resulting in nine deaths, for a total 95 deaths this year.

In 2009, 4,813 cases were reported, with 42 deaths, in Colombo.

"We are taking this situation seriously," chief medical officer for the Colombo Municipal Council, Pradeep Kariyawasam,

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Sri Lanka: Presidential Taskforce on Dengue to be established

The Presidential Taskforce on Dengue will hold its inaugural meeting this evening (25 May) to discuss and put in place a comprehensive dengue control campaign.

This is the first time that a Presidential Taskforce is established to control dengue.

Sri Lanka's dengue control program was earlier limited to a few days or weeks. Under the new initiative, the dengue control program will be carried out countrywide throughout the year with the coordination of the Health, Defence, Environment, Education, and Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministries.

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Asia Pacific Appeal No. MAA50001 Annual Report

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies. Many national societies across the zone have maintained a high

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South Asia: Appeal 2009-2010 (MAA52001) - Annual report

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional office is to increase the capacity of the South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme summary:

During 2009, the key areas of support provided by the International Federation to national societies in South Asia were as follows:

- The regional disaster management programme