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.
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.
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.
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.
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Due to the heavy floods and landslides end of June in the districts of Chittagong,
Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar in the Southeast of Bangladesh, the humanitarian response takes the needs of natural disaster affected people into consideration. For this reason, an amount of EUR 160 000 had to be shifted from man-made crisis specific objective to natural disasters specific objective.
New Delhi/Dili, 10 September 2015: The World Health Organization has called for renewed commitments and focused efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases - kala azar, leprosy, yaws, lymphatic filariasis and schistosomiasis - which continue to disable, disfigure and kill people in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
The majority of dengue deaths were due to patients not seeking prompt medical treatment, Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala said.
He said health authorities who investigated dengue deaths in Sri Lanka found that the majority of dengue deaths were due to patients not seeking prompt medical treatment.
He said a person with fever for more than two days should take prompt medical treatment from a state hospital.
Floods and landslides affected over 1.3 million people, including 297,000 households displaced in Jul and Aug, according to Government reports. At least 106 people are confirmed dead. The Government, supported by local organisations, UN and INGOs, continues to lead the response, including clean-up, search and rescue and provision of relief assistance.
1.3 million people affected
Chesmal Siriwardhana. Conflict and Health 2015, 9:22 doi:10.1186/s13031-015-0049-2
In this issue:
Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus
Pakistan: Getting Back on Track
Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities
The First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergency Management was held on 13-14 July at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The World Health Organization in collaboration with the Disaster Preparedness and Response Division of the Ministry of Health organized the course. The objectives of the training were to update participants on the latest trends on health emergency management and to update their skills on health emergency management that would be relevant to Sri Lanka.
During the last 6 months of the year 2015, 16236 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island.
Approximately 47.61% of dengue cases were reported from the Western province. The highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of 2015.
This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment and it is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by day three of the illness, the Epidemiology Unit informs.
The Asia Pacific zone (APZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises the zone office in Kuala Lumpur, four regional offices in Suva (Pacific), Bangkok (Southeast Asia), Delhi (South Asia) and Beijing (East Asia) and 12 country offices, adopting a “best-positioned” strategy to support the national societies (NSs) in the zone according to their needs. Through this decentralized management structure, the Asia Pacific zone office directs the work of the regional and country offices.
President Maithripala Sirisena said the role play by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in the areas of rehabilitation of persons, families of missing persons, conflict affected women and children is commendable. He said that the IRCS played a major humanitarian role during the conflict under trying times.
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene initiated a dengue eradication campaign in Biyagama district yesterday (26th Tuesday, May 2015).
The programme was organized by the office of the Medical Officer of Health at Biyagama, received the support from more than 3000 personnel including Tri Forces personnel, following a request made by the Ministry of Defence.
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EUR 400 000 were earmarked to contribute to the funding of two UNICEF cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake. In the end, the total cost for this specific contribution amounted to EUR 287 130. The consequent left over, equivalent to an amount of EUR 112 870, has to be shifted from the Transport/logistics specific objective to the Natural disasters specific objective.
This revised Emergency Appeal (n° 3) seeks a total of CHF 17,074,842 (reduced from CHF 23.3m) to enable the IFRC to support the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a total of 21,000 families (increased from 20,000 families).