The Health Ministry has identified 12,337 potential mosquito breeding sites and 1,359 sites with larvae in the Western Province.
A 3-day mosquito control programme was carried out by the Health Ministry from November 12-14 in Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha districts in the Western Province. According to the Ministry 62,079 premises had been inspected and notices had been issued to 2566 persons while taking steps to institute legal action against 443 persons.
During the last 10 month of the year 2015, 22,245 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island, the Epidemiology Unit of the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health revealed. It also said that the highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the fourth week of January 2015.
Approximately 51.06% of dengue cases have been reported from the Western province.
C’est dans les pays à faible revenu que les taux de lavage des mains sont les plus faibles
NEW YORK, 15 octobre 2015 – Le lavage des mains avec du savon se situe à un niveau dangereusement faible dans de nombreux pays, malgré les preuves de ses bienfaits pour la santé des enfants, affirme l’UNICEF.
19 October 2015
By Nikki Gamer from CRS
Caritas is a mission, not a job. Nirmala Wijesinghe who runs a Caritas safe house in Beiruit is one of the many staff and volunteers around the world who illustrate this through their constant dedication and hard work.
Nirmala juggles the roles of cook, cleaner, organiser, counsellor and head of the Caritas house where women who have been trafficked and who have escaped employer abuse come to seek safety.
Las tasas de lavado de manos son inferiores en los países de bajos ingresos
NUEVA YORK, 15 de octubre de 2015 – A pesar de sus beneficios demostrados para la salud infantil, la práctica de lavarse las manos con jabón se encuentra en un nivel peligrosamente bajo en muchos países, según informa UNICEF.
Handwashing rates lowest in low-income countries
NEW YORK, 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.
The eighth Global Handwashing Day comes less than a month after the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, including hygiene for the first time in the global agenda. One of the SDG targets is to achieve ‘access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene’ by 2030.
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.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
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.