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.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
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).
The number of dengue related cases reported so far this year stands at 13,423 and the count includes 3,847 patients from Colombo, 1,778 from Gampaha and 645 patients from Kalutara, a Health Ministry's Epidemiology Unit revealed.
The Unit stated that the Jaffna, Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Ratnapura districts have seen a surge in the number of Dengue patients.
The Nepal authorities have warmly commended the Sri Lanka contingent led by Maj. Gen. Maithri Dias and Brig. Jagath Gunawardena, on its excellent relief work during the two-week rescue and relief operation in Nepal following the earthquake on 25 April 2015. The Sri Lankan Contingent returned to Sri Lanka on Monday night (11 May).
The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.
Facts and figures
26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.
9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.
Another Sri Lankan contingent of aid workers with equipment and supplies left for Nepal to join their counterparts in the relief and rescue mission currently underway in the earth quack hit south Asian nation. According to army sources the 97strong team is comprised of 72 army, 14 navy and 11 air force personnel. The group is taking along a consignment of 17 tons of supplies including much needed medicines, water bottles, dry rations, water purification tablets etc.
The first rescue and relief contingent from Sri Lanka with 44 service personnel and 4 civil medical consultants, dispatched to Nepal Sunday (26) early morning on the directions of the President and the Prime Minister with close supervision of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, in less than 45 minutes of their arrival in Nepal, has begun their rescue and relief operations from Dolalghad, a remote worst-affected area, about 60 km away from Kathmandu, Nepal, the Army Media reported.
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 04:27 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
Aid groups and governments worldwide intensified efforts Sunday to help earthquake-hit Nepal, but blocked roads, downed power lines and overcrowded hospitals posed formidable challenges in an already poor country.
As the death toll in the Himalayan nation surpassed 2,500, the US together with European and Asian nations sent emergency crews to reinforce those scrambling to find survivors in the devastated capital Kathmandu and in cut-off rural areas.
SAARC health ministers have pledged to eradicate Polio from then region. The fifth meeting of SAARC health Ministers was held in New Delhi on Wednesday which was chaired by Health Minister J P Nadda.
The ministers also expressed commitment to make region HIV AIDS free by the year 2030. Other issues like prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and strengthening collaboration among the nations were also discussed during the meeting.
Snapshot 11–17 March 2015
Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.
Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.