Health leaders will gather in Colombo for a landmark consultation on migrant health from 21-23 February 2017. The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, IOM and WHO, strives to build international solidarity to enhance the health and well-being of migrants and their families.
“The Global Consultation provides an ideal opportunity to reset the international agenda on migrant health based on extraordinary migration trends we are currently experiencing,” highlights Dr Jacob Kumaresan, WHO Representative to Sri Lanka.
Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.
The special Dengue Prevention Campaign organized by the Ministry of Defence was successfully carried out with the assistance of the tri forces. The programme conducted on Wednesday (01 February) covering 60 schools in the Colombo region was carried out as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Dengue in the city and its suburbs.
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health has reported 1,311 patients island-wide suspected as dengue so far this year.
About 35 Percent of them have been reported from the Western Province.
The Unit said that this situation highlights the need for clearing the possible dengue breeding places in the surrounding area.
Further the public are asked to immediately go for treatment if the fever remains for over three days.
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 8-14 January 2016 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, Zika virus and seasonal influenza.
By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
On the sixth anniversary of the last case of wild poliovirus in the South-East Asia Region, World Health Organization commends countries in the Region for their continued efforts to protect children against this crippling virus and maintain the Region’s polio-free status, despite challenging conditions.
The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.
National Dengue Prevention Program in accordance with the data collected through the recent island-wide program pointed out that there is a decrease in the dengue prevalence around the country.
By Mark Dybul, Executive Director
in VOICES on 13 DECEMBER 2016
Malaria is an old disease that thrives in poverty and inequality. Efforts to fight malaria have gone on for centuries. A recent study revealed genomic evidence of the disease about 2000 years ago in the Roman Empire. In 1900, nearly every country in the world had malaria.
The National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) was officially launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombo today.
By Mahieash Johnney, Sri Lanka Red Cross and Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Dengue, Chikungunya and more recently the Zika virus pose an increasing threat to vulnerable populations worldwide. All of these vector-borne diseases are endemic to various countries in Asia and Pacific and in some countries infection rates, particularly of Dengue, have reached alarming proportions.
New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.
The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.
The severe floods that hit Sri Lanka in May 2016 caused toilet-waste to overflow in the streets of urban areas in Colombo and Gampaha districts. In response, ACTED is implementing a four-month project, funded by UNICEF and entitled “Safe Excreta Disposal for Flood-Affected Households with Improved Septic Tanks”, consisting of the installation of waterproof septic tanks, along with soakage pits, in 350 affected households.
National Dengue Control Unit warns of the potential of Dengue prevalence during the next few months due to the prevailing showery weather.
Considering the situation a two-day Dengue Prevention Program will also be held on 10th and 11th November covering the Colombo District according to the directions given by Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne.
This year 44, 822 Dengue patients have been reported so far and most of them have been reported from Colombo, Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Jaffna, and Matara Districts.
Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
28/09/2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s (SLRCS) Colombo Branch, in partnership with Oxfam Sri Lanka carried out yet another dengue prevention and cleaning campaign in the suburbs of the Colombo city, that were flooded during the monsoonal rains last May.
SLRCS Colombo Branch coordinating with Divisional Secretariat, Municipal Council, Medical Officer of Health, Civil Society, Sri Lanka Police conducted a door to door campaign inspecting the environment of the households and whether they are kept clean and free of mosquito breeding sites.
By Huma Haider
Is there evidence that the degree of respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) during an armed conflict affects peace processes (improves the prospects for peace-making)?
Last year was one of the most satisfying years for UNFPA Sri Lanka in terms of output and achieving goals. Keeping pace with digital trends to stay relevant and to ensure that our reach remains as far and wide as possible, we launched the first ever trilingual mobile application on sexual rights and reproductive health in Sri Lanka; the app was specially designed for the visually impaired. We’ve ensured that each generation is involved in policy recommendations, and we made a decisive shift to collect and work with evidence-based data.