Comment: Equal dreams, equal opportunities
The migration of people—across land and sea, among countries and regions—is a centuries’ old phenomenon. But it has never polarized opinion more than it does today.
As the wretched trail of refugees continues across its borders, Europe has become dangerously close to disintegrating. Both governments and citizens are divided. On one side, outrage is fuelled by fear. On the other, humanitarian voices plead for benevolence and understanding.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:56 GMT
By Alex Whiting
LONDON, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mental illnesses are the world's leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week.
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From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
Health authorities have taken legal action against 1,600 persons who had mosquito breeding grounds in their premises. The inspectors found 170,000 possible mosquito breeding sites. Inspectors had identified 8,706 places with dengue mosquito larvae and issued red notices on owners of 20,000 premises with possible mosquito breeding sites.
They inspected 496,000 premises countrywide during the seven day National Mosquito Control Week which ended yesterday.
STATISTICS AND HIGHLIGHTS
10 March 2016
Distinguished President, Excellencies,
Over the past ten days, many delegations have shared with me their alarm about the growing disarray in many countries. And among other issues, I have raised with many of them my concerns about arrests, harassment and spurious prosecutions of journalists, activists, political opponents and human rights defenders.
09/03/2016 – Monaragala, Sri Lanka: The Monaragala Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has been implementing a project to provide water purification plants in Edurugal Yaya village in the Monaragala District. This is one of the villages where there is a rise of kidney diseases due to unsafe drinking water.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become a major health problem in rural Sri Lanka. Previously confined to North Central and Uva provinces, it is now prevalent in the Northwestern, Eastern, Southern and Central provinces, and parts of the Northern provinces.
This report lays out by country significant pieces of work that contribute to ending child marriage in eight countries of South Asia.
It starts with an overview of major regional initiatives, and then it covers government, UN and civil society/NGO initiatives by country. A final matrix identifies key strategies per initiative. A number of policies, key studies, and national plans are included as well for a better understanding of the legal foundation of child marriage and adolescent empowerment work.
A three day Dengue Prevention Programme targeting seven high risk districts including the Western Province, will commence tomorrow.
The Health Ministry said the programme will be conducted in Kegalle, Puttalam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Ampara districts and in the Western Province.
The decision has been arrived at due to the increase in numbers of dengue related cases in January this year.
Health authorities found that over 54 percent of schools have dengue mosquito breeding sites.
In addition, 40 percent of religious institutions and 36 percent of construction sites have either dengue larvae or dengue mosquito breeding sites, Director General health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala said. Addressing the media at the Epidemiology Unit, he said that 5,263 dengue cases had been reported countrywide during this year and the death rate has gone down to 1.5 percent. Fifty eight dengue deaths were reported last year.
60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS
2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS
10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA
14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA
El Niño status
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
Media Statement by Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia
On 13 January, WHO South-East Asia Region completes five years without any case of wild poliovirus. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the continued threat of poliovirus importation from the remaining polio-endemic countries.
The Ministry of health will launch a three-day Dengue eradication program in the Western Province on Monday (21).
The Health Ministry has decided to conduct a Dengue eradication program in the Western Province due to the increased number of Dengue patients as the rainy season continues.
Health authorities earlier warned the public of rising dengue cases and urged them to keep their environments clean to prevent the breeding of the mosquitoes during rainy weather.
WHO SEARO Press release 1617
New Delhi, 14 December: Nearly 7400 new-borns die every day in the WHO South-East Asia Region causing untold misery to mothers and families. Two-thirds of these deaths can be prevented by adopting proven and cost-effective measures, World Health Organization today said seeking focused efforts by governments and partners to prevent newborn deaths with a sense of urgency.
During an emergency or disaster, hospitals and other health facilities must remain operational. Disruption of health services due to damage to hospitals and the lack of adequate preparedness to respond effectively are two major factors that can prevent people from receiving life-saving medical care and other essential health services.
The Health Ministry has identified 12,337 potential mosquito breeding sites and 1,359 sites with larvae in the Western Province.
A 3-day mosquito control programme was carried out by the Health Ministry from November 12-14 in Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha districts in the Western Province. According to the Ministry 62,079 premises had been inspected and notices had been issued to 2566 persons while taking steps to institute legal action against 443 persons.