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10 Feb 2016 description

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.

05 Feb 2016 description

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.

29 Jan 2016 description





El Niño status

27 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

including Pakistan

Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000

12 Jan 2016 description

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.

07 Jan 2016 description

The latest newsletter from the ICRC delegation in Sri Lanka features a variety of articles, including updates on our work in the country, how we're addressing the needs of families of missing persons, and marking World First Aid Day.

21 Dec 2015 description

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.

14 Dec 2015 description
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Data on Newborn and child deaths in South-East Asia Countries

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.

03 Dec 2015 description

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.

18 Nov 2015 description

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.

28 Oct 2015 description

During the last 10 month of the year 2015, 22,245 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island, the Epidemiology Unit of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health revealed. It also said that the highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of January 2015.

Approximately 51.06% of dengue cases have been reported from the Western province.

20 Oct 2015 description
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C’est dans les pays à faible revenu que les taux de lavage des mains sont les plus faibles

NEW YORK, 15 octobre 2015 – Le lavage des mains avec du savon se situe à un niveau dangereusement faible dans de nombreux pays, malgré les preuves de ses bienfaits pour la santé des enfants, affirme l’UNICEF.

19 Oct 2015 description
report Caritas

19 October 2015

By Nikki Gamer from CRS

Caritas is a mission, not a job. Nirmala Wijesinghe who runs a Caritas safe house in Beiruit is one of the many staff and volunteers around the world who illustrate this through their constant dedication and hard work.

Nirmala juggles the roles of cook, cleaner, organiser, counsellor and head of the Caritas house where women who have been trafficked and who have escaped employer abuse come to seek safety.

16 Oct 2015 description
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Las tasas de lavado de manos son inferiores en los países de bajos ingresos

NUEVA YORK, 15 de octubre de 2015 – A pesar de sus beneficios demostrados para la salud infantil, la práctica de lavarse las manos con jabón se encuentra en un nivel peligrosamente bajo en muchos países, según informa UNICEF.

15 Oct 2015 description
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Handwashing rates lowest in low-income countries

NEW YORK, 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.

The eighth Global Handwashing Day comes less than a month after the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, including hygiene for the first time in the global agenda. One of the SDG targets is to achieve ‘access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene’ by 2030.

06 Oct 2015 description

By Patrick Fuller and Kate Marshall, IFRC

In recent months Red Cross health workers and community volunteers across Asia have been playing a vital role supporting health services in many countries across the region struggling to cope with major outbreaks of dengue fever. Thousands of people have been struck down by the sometimes lethal illness which is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito. In the past six months Malaysia recorded over 80,000 recorded cases while India, Philippines, Viet Nam and Sri Lanka are all experiencing major spikes in the disease.

01 Oct 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief Worldwide has today published its annual report for 2014, which gives details of income and expenditure – and the positive impact achieved for millions of vulnerable people.

In 2014, our total global income reached £182 million – a growth of £62 million since 2012 – and voluntary income rose to a record high of 79 per cent of our total income. This year saw even more spending carried out directly through our field offices worldwide.

29 Sep 2015 description

The ICRC's work in Sri Lanka focuses on supporting people still suffering the effects of the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government. We are visiting detainees, supporting the families of missing persons, training forensics personnel, supporting vulnerable people, ensuring safe water and sanitation and promoting international humanitarian law.

Visiting detainees

16 Sep 2015 description
report IRIN

By Amantha Perera

KARADIYANARU, Sri Lanka, 16 September 2015 (IRIN) - Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended six years ago, but it’s not over for many victims who suffered permanent injuries during the conflict.