In Sri Lanka, the Government Looks Increasingly Like a Family Firm
Three brothers of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa now hold top posts in his government. Two of his nephews have official positions, too. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Flaws in Asia ’s Pearl
In March 2021, the UN Human Rights Council was given a mandate to collect and preserve information and evidence of crimes related to Sri Lanka's 37-year long civil war that ended in 2009. Meanwhile, Western nations taking a cue from the Human Rights Council’s highly critical resolution on Sri Lanka appear to be tightening the noose. Credit: UN Photo / Violaine Martin. 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. By Neville de SilvaLONDON, Jul 5 2021 (IPS) For well over a century Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, has been known to the world as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ for its multifaceted attractions. That is unt...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Neville de Silva Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Personal determinants for physical activity behavior of urban-dwelling older adults in Sri Lanka - Wickramarachchi BI, Siop SJ, Perera B.
This study examined personal factors associated with physical activity (PA) behavior of urban-dwelling older adults in Sri L... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Epidemiology of school injuries among middle school students in Kandy, Sri Lanka [conference abstract] - Navaratna S, Dharmaratne S.
Virtual Pre-Conference Global Injury Prevention Showcase 2021 - Abstract Book - # P4.009 Background School injuries are recognized as a preventable public health problem. No study has been conducted to find the incidence of school injuries in Sri Lankan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Addressing psychosocial vulnerabilities through antenatal care-depression, suicidal ideation, and behavior: a study among urban Sri Lankan women - Palfreyman A.
An absence of data persists for common perinatal mental disorders and suicidal ideation and/or behaviors (SIB), particularly from low- and middle-income countries and from the antenatal period. Capitalizing on Sri Lanka's strong antenatal platform, we iden... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

The Ship Sinking Off Sri Lanka Looks Like A Lasting Environmental Disaster
Waves of plastic pellets are washing up on beaches in Sri Lanka. Marine biologist Asha de Vos says the microplastics are spreading in the water and scientists don't yet understand the full effects.(Image credit: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ari Shapiro Source Type: news

X-Press Pearl Fire Could Mean Environmental Disaster For Sri Lanka
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cargo Ship Carrying 25 Tons of Acid Sinks in Sri Lankan Waters; Marks One of Worst Environmental Disasters in Decades
"The ship has dealt a death blow to our lives. We can't go into the sea, which means we can't make a living," Joshua Anthony, head of a... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka after weeks on fire, sparking fears of environmental disaster
The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl has already left the country’s coastline covered in tons of plastic pellets and now threatened to... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka, Facing ‘Worst’ Marine Disaster, Investigates Cargo Ship Fire
A fire has raged on a cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka for 12 days, sending toxic chemicals and tons of plastic into the country’s... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka's burning cargo ship on track to become its 'worst environmental disaster'
A huge cleanup operation was underway for a sixth day in Sri Lanka Tuesday after a container ship laden with chemicals caught fire 12... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A GIS based approach to neighbourhood physical environment and walking among adults in Colombo municipal council area, Sri Lanka - Weliange SDS, Fernando D, Withanage S, Gunatilake J.
This study examined the association between the objectively measured neighbourhood physical env... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Kounis syndrome and multiorgan failure following multiple wasp stings - Navaradnam P, Suganthan N, Kumanan T, Sujanitha V, Mayorathan U.
Wasp and bee stings are common in Sri Lanka, and systemic envenomation causes a spectrum of clinical manifestations that includes simple local allergic reaction to life-threatening multiple organ injury or failure.  However, wasp toxin-induced acute myocar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Ship fire rages for 6th day off Sri Lanka; India sends ships, aircraft to help battle blaze
The ship was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tons of nitric acid. Five tugboats are fighting the fire. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka gets 2nd vaccine donation from China
Sri Lanka has received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine donated by China as the Indian Ocean island nation faces severe shortage of vaccines amid a recent rise in infections (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka halts trains, buses to curb virus
Sri Lanka halted passenger trains and buses for four days as authorities imposed a fresh travel ban across the country, in its latest efforts to curb the escalating number of COVID-19 infections and deaths (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

When Battling Covid-19 Becomes a National Policy Disaster
The COVID-19 vaccine administered through the COVAX Facility. Credit: PAHO/Karen GonzálezBy Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 19 2021 (IPS) We went to the Kanatte cemetery, Sri Lanka’s largest, where most of us, residents of the capital city, would end up sooner or later. But it was deserted, and so we had time for a leisurely chat with some of the helpful staff there, albeit after admiring some of the grave sites and remaining beautiful trees. As good social scientists and medical anthropologists, we were on a mission to do some qualitative research and cross-check Covid-19 quantitative da...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

'We have lost our lives already': loss and coping among Sri Lankan women - Witting AB, Barrow BH, Lambert J, Whiting J, Hartshorn R, Marks L, Wickrama T, Thanigaseelan S.
Widowed women affected by the Sri Lankan war conflict (1983-2009) and the 2004 tsunami face challenges, many of them in consequence of losses incurred in mass trauma. These women also display internal and communal resilience to loss. Three focus group disc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Tea-growing areas to be badly hit if global heating intensifies
In Kenya, the area of optimal tea-growing conditions will be reduced by more than a quarter by 2050Your morning cup of tea may never taste the same again if global heating increases and the climate crisis intensifies, according to research.Some of the world ’s biggest tea-growing areas will be among the worst hit by extreme weather, and their yields are likely to be vastly reduced in the coming decades if climate breakdown continues at its current pace.Floods, droughts, heatwaves and storms are likely to have a severe impact on tea-growing areas around the world, according to a report from the charity Christian Aid.C...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Tags: Climate change Tea Environment Food Science Kenya China India Sri Lanka Africa Asia Pacific South and Central Asia World news Source Type: news

High-Dose Vitamin D Supplements Significantly Reduce ICU Admissions & COVID-19 Deaths
Conclusion Vitamin D, 200,000 IU dose in single or divided doses is safe and highly cost-effective in reducing complications and deaths in persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Early use of vitamin D (100,000 to 600,000 IU) can reduce ICU admissions by ~80%. Therefore, vitamin D can greatly reduce the need for expanding ICU beds AND cost less than 0.001% of using an ICU bed/day. Additional information regarding bolus D3 and oral calcifediol: There is little vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in food and multivitamins, including fortified food. Without passing through glass or sunscreen, skin exposure to ultraviolet-B from high-elev...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sunil J. Wimalawansa Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka receives 1st batch of Sputnik V shots
Sri Lanka has received its first batch of the Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Correction: Childhood adversity and self-poisoning: a hospital case control study in Sri Lanka - Rajapakse T, Russell AE, Kidger J, Bandara P, L ópez-López JA, Senarathna L, Metcalfe C, Gunnell D, Knipe D.
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242437.]. In Fig 1, the term self-harm should be self-poisoning. In Fig 2 under the flowchart for cases, the number of patients admitted for self-poisoning should be 481 and the not eligible number ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Case fatality of agricultural pesticides after self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: a prospective cohort study - Buckley NA, Fahim M, Raubenheimer J, Gawarammana IB, Eddleston M, Roberts MS, Dawson AH.
BACKGROUND: Pesticide poisoning is among the most common means of suicide globally, but can be prevented with regulation of the most hazardous agents. We aimed to compare the lethality of pesticides ingested by our cohort, seek evidence on variation betwee... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

State of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka: Are Government Policies Effective in Controlling it?
By Sunil J. WimalawansaNEW JERSEY, Apr 28 2021 (IPS) The SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19) affected the entire world; many died, millions got sick, and the misery continues. Second and third waves of SARS.Cov-2 infection are devastating most countries. Non-strategic lockdowns and curfews (as in Sri Lanka) further aggravated the peoples’ misery, sufferings, daily lives, and economies, more than that from the virus. The toxic combination of COVID-19 and curfews devastated local productions and supply chains, livelihoods, people welfare, food security, and the county’s economy. Many viral diseases can control using...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sunil J. Wimalawansa Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Bullying in rural schools among early adolescents in Sri Lanka; prevalence of bullying acts and common responses to bullying - Jayasinghe VPKK, Perera KMN, Guruge GND.
Prevalence of bullying among school going adolescents was estimated to be high (approximately 37%) in Sri Lanka according to the Global School based student Health Survey. However, limited number of studies were carried out in Sri Lanka on bullying among a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Mrs. World Caroline Jurie Gives Up Crown Following Arrest For Pageant Incident
Mrs. World Caroline Jurie surrendered her crown in a recorded statement addressing her onstage incident with Mrs. Sri Lanka World winner... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Mrs World' grabs crown from head of 'Mrs Sri Lanka' on stage
Reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, declared that Pushpika De Silva was ineligible as the winner because she was divorced, and forcibly... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mrs. Sri Lanka winner injured after another pageant contestant ripped her crown off, claiming she is divorced
"I say a true queen is not a woman who snatches another woman's crown, but a woman who secretly sets another woman's crown," the winner... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka bans palm oil imports, tells producers to uproot plantations
Sri Lanka on Monday banned imports of palm oil and new palm plantations, and told producers to uproot existing plantations in a phased... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Relieve digestive issues and fight cancer with Indian bael
(Natural News) Aegle marmelos, commonly known as bael in Nepal and India, is a plant that belongs to the Rutaceae, or citrus, family. It is native to Northern India but can also be found in Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. Also called shivaduma, or the tree of Shiva, bael is sacred to the Hindus and is commonly found growing... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, close Islamic schools
Sri Lanka on Saturday announced a ban on burqas and the closure of more than 1,000 Islamic schools in the country, (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka to ban burka and other face coverings
The measure is needed on security grounds, officials say, two years after the Easter Sunday attacks. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A new model predicts snakebites to save human lives
(Tel-Aviv University) The researchers focused on Sri Lanka, a snakebite hotspot, and developed a model for predicting snakebites based on the behavior patterns of both farmers and snakes. The model may be implemented in different countries, and can predict changes in snakebite patterns resulting from future climate change. It can become a valuable tool for snakebite prevention policies, saving numerous human lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

India helping to address issue of vaccine equity: Top UN Women official
India has provided 56 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines under grants assistance to a number of countries. The vaccines were sent to Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is being a 'left-behind' child associated with an increased risk of self-poisoning in adulthood? Findings from a case-control study in Sri Lanka - Knipe D, Moran P, Howe LD, Bandara P, Wickramage K, Gunnell D, Rajapakse T.
PURPOSE: The long-term consequences of parental emigration on offspring self-harm risk is unknown. METHODS: We investigated the association between experiencing parental emigration in childhood with hospital presentations for self-poisoning in adul... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sri Lanka to allow burial of COVID-19 victims following ban
Sri Lanka says it will begin giving permission for Muslims who die of COVID-19 to be buried following an outcry over a previous ban (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus live news: Asian shares hit record high on stimulus hopes; Estonia tests vaccine 'passports'
Progress with vaccinations also boosts investor optimism; Spain cases pass 3m; boss of Johnson& Johnson says annual vaccine may be needed for ‘several years’What are the new UK anti-Covid border restrictions?Wuhan lab leak theory of Covid origin ‘unlikely’ says WHO teamEurope ’s oldest person survives Covid and set to celebrate 117th birthdayMuslim families complain to UN over Sri Lankan Covid cremations4.39amGMTThe hope of a large government stimulus to help theAmerican economy recover from the Covid-induced downturn, and further good progress with vaccinations programs around the world, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ben Doherty Tags: US news Vaccines and immunisation Europe Health Science Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lankan officials say vaccinations advancing
 Sri Lankan health officials say more than half of the health workers and frontline military and police officers have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Explaining the accumulation of victimization in vulnerable children: Interpersonal violence among children traumatized by war and disaster in a children's home in Sri Lanka - Rajan V, Neuner F, Catani C.
Research in postconflict settings indicated that children's exposure to war and natural disaster is a significant predictor of experiencing violence within their families. However, it is unclear if this effect is driven by characteristics of traumatized ch... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sri Lanka ’s Deteriorating Human Rights Situation Raises Multiple Alarms
Shreen SaroorBy Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, Feb 1 2021 (IPS) A decade has passed since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war between the government and the LTTE, where at least 100,000 people were killed in the over three-decade long conflict. Families of victims of enforced disappearances continue to seek justice, the government is yet to end impunity and put accountability for crimes under international law and human rights violation and abuses in its transitional justice process. In a recent United Nations Human Rights Office of The High Commissioner report, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Sania Farooqui Tags: Armed Conflicts Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka vaccinates 1st health workers, troops
Sri Lanka has begun inoculating frontline health workers, military troops and police officers against COVID-19 amid warnings about infections among medical workers (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

India donates first 500,000 doses of vaccine to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s president has welcomed the first 500,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from India, which has donated the shots to eight countries in the region (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Maqsoda Maqsodi to Join IntraHealth as New Chief Program Officer
January 29, 2021IntraHealth International is thrilled to welcome Maqsoda Maqsodi as our new chief program officer, beginning February 1, 2021.As a member of the executive team, Maqsodi will lead IntraHealth’s Center for Program Delivery and Learning and oversee global health projects in more than 30 countries. She brings over 17 years of experience in project leadership and management, including in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maqsodi has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Bolivia, and Peru.“I am so happy to be welcoming Maqsoda to our ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Sri Lanka: ‘Forced’ cremation of COVID victims’ bodies must stop - UN rights experts
The Sri Lankan Government should end its policy of compulsorily cremating victims of COVID-19, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Factors associated with purchasing pesticide from shops for intentional self-poisoning in Sri Lanka - Weerasinghe M, Konradsen F, Eddleston M, Pearson M, Jayamanne S, Knipe D, Hawton K, Gunnell D, Agampodi S.
OBJECTIVE: In South Asia, up to one in five individuals who ingest pesticides for self-poisoning and survive purchased them from a shop immediately prior to the event. Thus far, no research has taken place to determine whether interventions implemented thr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive
Sri Lanka’s health minister who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer has tested positive for COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka approves vaccine amid warnings of virus spread
Sri Lanka has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 amid warnings from doctors that front-line health workers should be quickly inoculated to prevent the medical system from collapsing (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months
Sri Lanka has reopened to foreign tourists after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation’s lucrative travel industry (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens tourism after 10-month closing
Sri Lanka is welcoming tourists again after keeping the doors closed to visitors for nearly 10 months due to the coronavirus pandemic (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccines sent by India reach Bhutan and Maldives; Sri Lanka, Afghanistan in line
On Tuesday, India had said it would send COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news