The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17 - 23 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever, influenzas A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea.
“It’s going to be tough” to control dengue in the future, virologist warns
By Amantha Perera
COLOMBO, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - High temperatures and unseasonal rains have combined to effectively scuttle Sri Lanka's efforts to curb dengue, experts say.
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At least 11 countries across Asia-Pacific experienced severe weather conditions due to El Niño.
In February, Tropical Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone recorded in the South Pacific, devastated Fiji.
In DPR Korea, 18million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance – 2016 response plan severely underfunded.
Tropical Storm Roanu triggers worst flooding in Sri Lanka in 25 years; preparedness actions mitigated loss of life in Bangladesh.
Bright ideas, local solutions
As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.
Phones, drones and beyond
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 10-16 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, West Nile virus, MERS, and yellow fever in Angola.
The authorities have inspected 31,718 premises on the first day of the Three-Day National Dengue Prevention Program commenced yesterday (13th July)
The program implemented under the directives of the Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne was inaugurated at the Maradana Railway Station premises under the patronage of the Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 2-9 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus and yellow fever in Angola.
HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE SWISS HUMANITARIAN AID UNIT
Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)
TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FINANCIAL AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
29/06/2016 – Monaragala, Sri Lanka: The Monaragala Branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRCS) has launched a door to door campaign in association with Public Health Officials of the district in order to raise awareness among residents in the area on how to prevent the rise of dengue.
As of 21 June 2016, 280,444 people are affected by flooding and landslides according to the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC). 96 deaths have been confirmed, with 4877 people displaced and staying in 65 safe locations. The safe locations are in Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy and Matale districts.
99 people remain missing due to a landslide in Aranayake, Kegalle District which devastated 3 villages.
Media Statement from WHO South-East Asia Regional Office
The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), comprising of 11 countries including India, continues to be polio free. No child has been afflicted by wild poliovirus since the last case was reported from West Bengal, India, in January 2011.
From 15 to 22 May, Tropical Storm Roanu battered Sri Lanka, triggering floods and landslides across the country. Impacting 22 of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts, the storm caused the worst flooding in the country in 25 years. Homes were destroyed and entire villages submerged. Landslide warnings still remain in place, leaving affected people unable to return home.
By Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross - @mahieash
Over 2,000 people remain in temporary shelters after a massive landslide triggered by torrential rains buried three villages in Aranayake district in Sri Lanka on 17 May. Prior to the landslide around 220 families were living in these villages. So far only 28 bodies have been recovered and local authorities estimate that around 99 people are still missing.
Ministry of Health has started a service to offer counselling and other psychological assistance to the victims of the recent natural disasters, despite the low demand for such assistance.
“We thank people for following medical advice and saving themselves from epidemics,” Deputy Director General (Medical Services - 11) Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said.