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Upgraded Record Keeping Helps Save Lives in Sri Lanka

World Bank


  • The paper-based state hospital management information system in Sri Lanka was instituted at the beginning of the last century and has since then evolved and expanded in scope.

  • Timely and accurate record keeping can save lives by informing authorities to make evidence based decisions on prevention and cure of diseases.

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World + 11 others
Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Everyone has to pitch in to control dengue

By Mahieash Johnney, IFRC Sri Lanka

Following the 2012 dengue epidemic across the country, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society started a dengue response and prevention project in the 12 most-affected districts. The National Society is reaching communities through its branch disaster response team volunteers who are trained on the community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) approach and dengue prevention.

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World + 7 others
Disaster relief and emergency fund enables dengue outbreak response

Over 90 per cent of disasters around the world go unnoticed – in silence. These are too small, too inconvenient or too easily overshadowed by other events. But for the millions of people they affect, these disasters are not silent. Often, the people whose lives are changed by these recurrent disasters are already in vulnerable situations.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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IOM Supports Sri Lanka’s Border Health Strategy

Sri Lanka - IOM has partnered with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to launch an innovative National Border Health Programme. It encompasses a Health Information System, a Standard Operating Procedures manual for border health officials, and a revitalization of domestic legal frameworks.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 11 others
Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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Fillip to Northern Health sector

North and Eastern Hospitals get 37 brand new fully equipped Ambulances

Under the project for the improvement of basic social service in emerging regions 24 (twenty four) brand new ambulances with intensive care facilities were distributed among hospital in five districts of the Northern Province.

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Philippines + 14 others
Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Bulletin 2013

The year was marked by 137 natural disasters in the region, compared with 93 separate events in 2012. The number of people killed by disasters was almost six times higher.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Helping those who need it most

During a recent visit to Sri Lanka, Anthony Dalziel, the ICRC’s head of operations for South Asia, met government officials and discussed what could be done to help people affected by the consequences of the past conflict.

The conflict in Sri Lanka ended in 2009. How relevant is the ICRC’s work in the country now?

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Dengue update, 8 Jan 2014

During the last 12 months of the year 2013, 31825 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.

Latest Disease Trends

Approximately 51.53% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the third week of January.

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Dengue risk heightens in Colombo

Several areas in Colombo are faced with a risk of reaching epidemic levels. Dehiwala, Katubedda and Moratuwa MOH areas are undergoing an increase in the spread of Dengue, while Kohuwala, Kaduwela, Kolonnawa and Angoda MOH Areas are reported to reach epidemic levels in the near future.

The Ministry of Health will be implementing a special programme in schools located in major cities prone to dengue.

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Sri Lanka: Support for internally displaced people Emergency appeal n° MDRLK002 Operations Update n° 14

Glide n° FL-2010-000253-LKA

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 June to 30 November 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 22.7 million.

Appeal coverage: 68.9 per cent based on current revised appeal budget.

Appeal history:

  • Emergency Appeal: Launched on 12 April 2010 for CHF 3.6 million to support 5,000 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka for 24 months.

  • Revised Emergency Appeal: Launched on 8 July 2011 for CHF 6.1 million to support to assist 7,000 families (35,000 people) for 36 months.

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Asia Pacific zone office: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

Recognizing the important and positive issues on considerable developments in Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction made by national societies in Asia Pacific during the last decade, the level of risks and vulnerabilities remains important especially in the following aspects:

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Japan provides Rs. 520 m grant to improve health care facilities

The Government of Japan has agreed to provide grant assistance of Rs. 520 million under the Non Project Grant Aid and Government of Sri Lanka has decided to utilize this grant for the provision of advanced medical equipment to improve the health care facilities to uplift the health standards of Sri Lankan citizens especially living in emerging regions, says the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

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Nepal + 3 others
Nepal's post-conflict mental health needs neglected


At least 15 percent of Nepal's population of 27.4 million have some form of mental illness. The gap between treatment and the magnitude of the problem is over 85 percent.


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Medical Mission to Philippines

A team of Sri Lankan medical specialists including doctors and nurses left for Philippines yesterday to provide medical assistance and other relief to the victims of the recent typhoon Haiyan which destroyed vast areas of the Philippines and killed over 5,000 people and left 1,700 people missing.