New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.
The severe floods that hit Sri Lanka in May 2016 caused toilet-waste to overflow in the streets of urban areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts. In response, ACTED is implementing a four-month project, funded by UNICEF and entitled “Safe Excreta Disposal for Flood-Affected Households with Improved Septic Tanks”, consisting of the installation of waterproof septic tanks, along with soakage pits, in 350 affected households.
National Dengue Control Unit warns of the potential of Dengue prevalence during the next few months due to the prevailing showery weather.
Considering the situation a two-day Dengue Prevention Program will also be held on 10th and 11th November covering the Colombo District according to the directions given by Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne.
This year 44, 822 Dengue patients have been reported so far and most of them have been reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna, and Matara Districts.
Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
28/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s (SLRCS) Colombo Branch, in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka carried out yet another dengue prevention and cleaning campaign in the suburbs of the Colombo city, that were flooded during the monsoonal rains last May.
SLRCS Colombo Branch coordinating with Divisional Secretariat, Municipal Council, Medical Officer of Health, Civil Society, Sri Lanka Police conducted a door to door campaign inspecting the environment of the households and whether they are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.
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Colombo, 9 September 2016 - In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.
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Colombo, 5 September 2016: In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka was today certified by WHO on having eliminated malaria, a life-threatening disease which long affected the island country.
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Approximately 51.31% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the 29 week of 2016.
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02/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s initiative to eradicate dengue in association with Oxfam, The Health Ministry and Communities in Colombo continued with another cleaning campaign in Welewatta in Kolonnawa.
Welewatta is one of the at risk communities who faces the threat of dengue due to the fact that it gets flooded during monsoonal rains. The same occurred in the May 2016 flooding in Colombo.
Health authorities have reported 37, 500 dengue patients, 52 dengue deaths up to August 2016.
Considering the situation, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne has instructed the officials to continuously conduct the dengue prevention programs and one program was held from Friday (26) to today (29).
World Health Organization (WHO) has donated four mobile hospitals and medical equipments worth Rs.80 million to the Ministry of Health.
During the flood season in May 2016, which affected 22 districts, WHO has donated medical equipment to the Health Ministry, that are essential in sudden disaster situations. The new donation worth Rs. 80 million has been donated to Sri Lanka in addition to that.
52 sets of equipment for women and child health clinics, 50 fumigation machines, and three boats were also donated.
"World Humanitarian Day is an annual reminder of the need to act to alleviate the suffering. It is also an occasion to honour the humanitarian workers and volunteers toiling on the frontlines of crises. I pay tribute to these dedicated women and men who brave danger to help others at far greater risk." - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon