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Upgraded Record Keeping Helps Save Lives in Sri Lanka

Report
World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The paper-based state hospital management information system in Sri Lanka was instituted at the beginning of the last century and has since then evolved and expanded in scope.

  • Timely and accurate record keeping can save lives by informing authorities to make evidence based decisions on prevention and cure of diseases.

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Long-term hope in Sri Lanka

Our story for the final week of Lent comes from Sri Lanka, a country still healing after decades of civil war. Nirangini was forced to move nearly a dozen times due to the civil war. Now the war is over, she has returned to her childhood village and, with Caritas Australia's support, is getting back on her feet.

Caritas Australia recently caught up with Father George Sigamoney, from our partner Caritas Sri Lanka.

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World + 14 others
Gestión del riesgo de desastres para un desarrollo con capacidad de adaptación

Report
World Bank

Los desastres naturales afectan en forma desproporcionada a las personas pobres y vulnerables. A la luz de la alarmante tendencia mundial que apunta hacia un aumento en las pérdidas debido a estos fenómenos, la gestión de los desastres y el riesgo climático (DRM, por sus siglas en inglés) está cada vez más presente en las actividades del Banco Mundial. Las inversiones ayudan a proteger millones de vidas y medios de sustento y salvaguardar el crecimiento en sectores socioeconómicos clave.

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Gérer les risques de catastrophe pour protéger le développement

Report
World Bank

Les catastrophes frappent majoritairement les populations pauvres et vulnérables. Face à l’aggravation préoccupante des pertes dues aux catastrophes de par le monde, la gestion des risques de catastrophe tient une place croissante dans les opérations de la Banque mondiale. Les investissements contribuent à protéger des millions de personnes ainsi que leurs moyens de subsistance, et à préserver la croissance dans les secteurs socio-économiques clés.

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Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

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IRIN

COLOMBO, 15 April 2014 (IRIN) - Human rights activists and academics in Sri Lanka remain divided over how best to proceed in the investigation of alleged war crimes committed during the final days of the country's decades-long civil war.

“I think right now there is still room for a robust national inquiry that meets international standards,” Jehan Perera, director of the National Peace Council (NPC), a Colombo-based advocacy group, told IRIN.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Sri Lanka police arrest 60 on fears of renewed conflict

04/10/2014 11:06 GMT

COLOMBO, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police have arrested 60 people accused of trying to revive a separatist group behind a civil war that left tens of thousands dead, a spokesman said on Thursday.

The suspects, including 10 women, were detained in a crackdown over the past month and were being questioned about attempts to reorganise the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.

Agence France-Presse:

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Sri Lanka - Drought (ECHO Daily Flash - 10 April 2014)

  • The 2013-2014 monsoon season in Sri Lanka brought lower quantities of rain than usual; the months of February and March were particularly dry.

  • The district Mullaitivu is the most affected area, where also the last stages of the war were fought and, consequently, where communities are extremely vulnerable.

  • Due to drought, agriculture and fisheries, main economic activities in this area, have been affected. Reservoirs and wells have dried up and most of the paddy crop (rice) has been spoilt. Over 15 000 families are at risk.

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Asset Freeze Threatens Peaceful Dissent

Overbroad Anti-Terror Law Targets 16 Tamil Diaspora Groups

(New York, April 8, 2014) – The Sri Lankan government’s decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism is so broad that it appears aimed at restricting peaceful activism by the country’s Tamil minority, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should provide evidence of the unlawful activity of specific groups and individuals or remove them from the list.

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Rwanda + 8 others
"20 years after the genocide in Rwanda: Lessons learned and unlearned" Op-ed by UN Secretary-General

By BAN Ki-moon

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.

On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide, the reverberations of which are still being felt across an arc of uncertainty in Africa’s Great Lakes region -- and in the collective conscience of the international community.

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Over 100 families received houses in Mullaithivu

Keppapilavu model village 2nd phase houses vested on public

Paddy lands released for cultivation

Under the second phase of the Keppapilavu model village constructions, newly constructed 101 houses were handed over to the beneficiaries at a function held at Keppapilavu village by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (03rd April).

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Drought begins to bite in Sri Lanka

Report
IRIN

Sri Lanka has had six months of drought.There are fears of more crop losses and electricity shortages as forecasters predict a weak monsoon season.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Everyone has to pitch in to control dengue

By Mahieash Johnney, IFRC Sri Lanka

Following the 2012 dengue epidemic across the country, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society started a dengue response and prevention project in the 12 most-affected districts. The National Society is reaching communities through its branch disaster response team volunteers who are trained on the community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) approach and dengue prevention.

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Houses for resettled families in Keppapilavu

Secretary Defence & Urban Development will visit Mullaitivu area tomorrow (03 April) and inaugurate several important projects. Main among them are; handing over 100+ houses to Keppapilavu resettled families which the second stage of the three stage project of providing houses to those resettled in that area, handing over of close to 100 acres of paddy land from the air force camp premises for farming, and handing over several houses renovated by the Army to the owners.

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Disaster relief and emergency fund enables dengue outbreak response

Over 90 per cent of disasters around the world go unnoticed – in silence. These are too small, too inconvenient or too easily overshadowed by other events. But for the millions of people they affect, these disasters are not silent. Often, the people whose lives are changed by these recurrent disasters are already in vulnerable situations.

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Vanuatu + 8 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 25 - 31 March 2014

In Vanuatu, 11 fatalities have been confirmed after flash floods and landslides. In Sri Lanka, drought affecting 247,000 families prompts preparations for a needs assessment.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.10)

Human Rights Council
Twenty- fifth session
Agenda item 2
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the
High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

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Human Rights Council adopts a resolution on reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka

Requests High Commissioner to Undertake a Comprehensive Investigation intoAlleged Serious Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting adopted a resolution in which it requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.

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IOM Supports Sri Lanka’s Border Health Strategy

Sri Lanka - IOM has partnered with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to launch an innovative National Border Health Programme. It encompasses a Health Information System, a Standard Operating Procedures manual for border health officials, and a revitalization of domestic legal frameworks.

International Organization for Migration:

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