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Preventing violence against children in schools: contributions from the Be Safe program in Sri Lanka - Lam S, Zwart C, Chahal I, Lane D, Cummings H.
This study evaluates the effectiveness of a school-based program aimed to prevent and respond to physical, sexual, and psychological v... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Child and youth mental health in postwar Sri Lanka - Chandradasa M, Kuruppuarachchi KALA.
Sri Lanka's civil war and the tsunami in 2004 had enormous psychological impacts on the country's children. Tackling these issues has been difficult due to the lack of specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry. The end of the war in 2009 opened new av... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Fragmented Ambulance Services in Sri Lanka Evolve into A Modern System
Fragmented ambulance services evolve into a modern system Situated in the Indian Ocean, separated from India by the Palk Strait, Sri Lanka is the 25th largest island in the world (See Figure 1). Its complex geographical features-peaks, plateaus, valleys, rivers and tropical forests-are subject to a variety of natural hazards, including floods, landslides, cyclones and tsunamis.1 With ancient cultural roots going back to the 6th century B.C., Sri Lanka's modern colonial history began with Portuguese, Dutch and British settlements in the 16th century. By 1815, Britain was the sole colonial power. In 1948, Sri Lanka became an...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nuwan Chamara Ekanayaka, EMT-I Tags: International Operations Source Type: news

Developing World Faces Challenge of Large Ageing Population
This report too is limited in its scope, and is by no means a compendium of the vast amount of research that has been done on ageing and social security, and does not offer definitive solutions,” Fukuda added. “What it does aim to do is to clearly set out issues surrounding this topic and present critical views that can help Asian countries develop better policies for population ageing.”While sharing the details and findings of the policy brief, Fukuda said that it is necessary to strengthen the gathering of statistics, in particular the census system, and to establish family registration systems in order...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Amna Khaishgi Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Ageing Population Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Source Type: news

India to hold Dubai's 1st-ever AYUSH conference in Nov
Policy makers, eminent personalities and experts of AYUSH system from Australia, Canada, the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, Russia, India, Hungry, Sri Lanka will participate. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk factors for acute unintentional poisoning among children aged 1-5 years in the rural community of Sri Lanka - Dayasiri MBKC, Jayamanne SF, Jayasinghe CY.
BACKGROUND: Acute poisoning in children is a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in both developed and developing countries. However, there is a wide variation in patterns of poisoning and related risk factors across different geographic reg... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

British Financial Times Journalist, 24, Thought to Have Been Killed by Crocodile in Sri Lanka
A British journalist working for the Financial Times is thought to have been killed by a crocodile while on holiday in Sri Lanka. Former Oxford University student Paul McClean, aged 24, was found dead in mud at a lagoon nicknamed ‘Crocodile Rock,’ near the coastal village of Panama in the southeast of the country. Witnesses told the Times that McClean had been seen waving in desperation as he was dragged underwater by the beast. A postmortem examination will be carried out later today. Alex Barker, the Financial Times‘ Brussels Bureau Chief, described McClean as “a first-class journalist in the maki...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized onetime United Kingdom Source Type: news

Profile of non-fatal road traffic crashes among adolescents in Galle, Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional survey (Safety-2016 abstract #881) - Gong E, Silva VD, Tharindra H, Staton C.
Background Road traffic crashes (RTC) affect all age groups, but their impact is most striking on the young people. Sri Lanka is experiencing an epidemic of RTC. Information on the patterns of the crashes is essential to identify emerging issues and potent... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The role of religion in youth exposed to disasters in Sri Lanka - Fernando GA, Berger DE.
This study examined the role of general and religious coping in a sample of 669 Sri Lankan Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian youth (mean age  = 14). Yout... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Prediction of road traffic crashes (RTC) in Sri Lanka from 2015 to 2025 (Safety-2016 abstract #371) - Jayatilleke AU, Jayatilleke A.
Background Under the sustainable development goals (SDG), Sri Lanka is planning to halve the road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. The main obstacle for achieving this goals is lack of accurate data. Road traffic crashes (RTC) are largely under-reporte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Risk factors among heavy vehicle drivers (Safety-2016 abstract #142) - Somatunga LC, Karunarathne U.
Background Since 1995, Traumatic injuries remain as the leading cause of hospitalisation in Sri Lanka for consecutive years. Among traumatic injuries, road traffic injuries are leading. It accounts for 22% to 25% of all types of injuries. For both fatal an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Navesta Pharmaceuticals' Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant
Sri Lanka-based company Navesta Pharmaceuticals has opened a sterile manufacturing facility in the town of Horana in August 2017. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Acute myocardial infarction in yellow oleander poisoning - Anandhi D, Raju KP, Basha MH, Pandit VR.
Self-harm by consuming yellow oleander seeds has become more frequent in South Asian countries, especially Sri Lanka and in southern parts of India. Yellow oleander poisoning usually presents with gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neurological manifest... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Towards a Resource Efficient and Pollution Free Asia-Pacific
Shamshad Akhtar, is Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Erik Solheim, is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)By Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim BANGKOK, Thailand, Sep 4 2017 (IPS)Senior government officials from across Asia and the Pacific will meet in Bangkok this week for the first-ever Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment. The high-level meeting is co-convened by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and UN Environment and is a unique opportunity for the re...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim Tags: Asia-Pacific Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Energy Environment Featured Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Natural Resources Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Water & Sanitatio Source Type: news

Injury incidence of children below 5 years of age, in a community health division in Sri Lanka (Safety-2016 abstract #451) - Welgama I, Chandradasa P, Dharmaratne S.
Background Main objective of this study was to find the incidence and characteristics of injuries within the past 1 year period, suffered by children under 5 years of age in this selected community health division in Sri Lanka. Methods This was a communi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Parental perceptions on risk of child injuries in the Colombo District of Sri Lanka (Safety-2016 abstract #458) - Welgama I, Herath H, Dharmaratne S.
The objective of this study was to describe parental perceived factors which may influence the occurrence of unintentional traumatic injuries among children aged 5 to 12 years, in the Colombo district of Sri Lanka. Methods A community based ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Is burnout among community midwives just a problem of high-income countries? Cross-sectional study from Sri Lanka (Safety-2016 abstract #192) - Pathiraja I, Fonseka P, Mant D.
Background Burnout is a state of physical and psychological fatigue and exhaustion, which is attributed to personal, work and client related spheres in a person's life. It has major behavioural and heath implications. Being a grass root level health care w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Perspectives of older Sri Lankans on transport-related risks influencing their social participation (Safety-2016 abstract #541) - Tennakoon V, Wickramasinghe R, Peiris-John R, Daskon L, Attanayake S, Bandara S, Ameratunga S.
This study aimed ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Gal Gadot And Internet Fight Back Vs. Cyberbullying Of 2'Wonder Women '
Here's the best thing about cyberbullying. Every now and then it backfires. Two women from Sri Lanka, Amaya Suriyapperuma and Seshani Cooray, posted a picture of themselves dressed up as Wonder Women. Here's what happened next. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Community based study on family related contributory factors for childhood unintentional injuries in an Urban setting of Sri Lanka (Safety-2016 abstract #696) - Punyadasa DH, Samarakkody D.
Background Childhood unintentional injuries are unexpected occurrences affecting a child, which lead to immeasurable grief and suffering to entire family. It is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation among children in Sri Lanka resulting death and di... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Guelph study shows endangered sharks, rays further threatened by global food markets
(University of Guelph) A majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the globe for traditional medicines come from endangered species, a University of Guelph study has revealed. Using cutting-edge DNA barcoding technology, researchers found 71 per cent of dried fins and gills collected from markets in Canada, China and Sri Lanka came from species listed as at-risk and therefore banned from international trade. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 25, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Perceived injury risk among junior cricketers: a cross sectional survey - Gamage PJ, Fortington LV, Finch CF.
This study investigates how Sri Lankan junior cricketers (n = 365, aged 11-14 years, boys) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Freshwater catfish envenoming in a tropical country - Thalgaspitiya SPB, Wijerathne BTB, Siriwardhana NP.
OBJECTIVE: Freshwater catfish are known to cause painful stings in humans. Stings usually cause mild envenomation and, in some instances, can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Sri Lanka is a tropical country where catfish stings are not rare. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

'Even though a man takes the major role, he has no right to abuse': future male leaders' views on gender-based violence in Sri Lanka - Darj E, Wijewardena K, Lindmark G, Axemo P.
BACKGROUND: Distinct gender roles influence gender inequality and build the foundation for gender-based violence. Violence against women is a major public health problem in all societies, and a violation of human rights. Prevalence surveys on gender-based ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Powerful anti-HIV medicine discovered in Asian herb that might out-perform all synthetic drugs
(Natural News) An evergreen plant that grows abundantly throughout Southeast Asia contains a powerful compound that outperforms a clinically-used drug against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a study in the Journal of Natural Compounds revealed. The plant, known as willow-leaved justicia, is native to China and is found to grow extensively in India, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Researchers said a newly-identified... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dengue Outbreak Kills 300 in Sri Lanka, Hospitals at Limit Dengue Outbreak Kills 300 in Sri Lanka, Hospitals at Limit
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

'Unprecedented' outbreak of dengue fever plagues Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is facing an "unprecedented" outbreak of deadly dengue fever, with 296 deaths recorded and over 100,000 cases reported in 2017 alone, according to the Red Cross. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dengue outbreak kills 300 in Sri Lanka, hospitals at limit
COLOMBO (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Cascades across an 'extremely violent society': Sri Lanka - Braithwaite J, D'Costa B.
This article illustrates the cascade lens as a framework for hypothesis generation. Both violent actions and... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Australia Helps Sri Lanka to Control Dengue Fever After 250 Die Australia Helps Sri Lanka to Control Dengue Fever After 250 Die
Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first half of this year.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak
Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Australia helps Sri Lanka to control dengue fever after 250 die
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Australia announced programs on Wednesday to help control dengue fever in Sri Lanka, where the mosquito-borne disease killed more around 250 people in the first half of this year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Dengue fever – Sri Lanka
From 1 January to 7 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) Sri Lanka reported 80 732 dengue fever cases, including 215 deaths. This is a 4.3 fold higher than the average number of cases for the same period between 2010 and 2016, and the monthly number of cases exceeds the mean plus three standard deviations for each of the past six months. Based on sentinel site surveillance for the past seven years the expected peak months of May to July coincides with the south-western monsoon which commences in late April. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - July 19, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Patterns of acute poisoning with pesticides in the paediatric age group - Dayasiri KC, Jayamanne SF, Jayasinghe CY.
BACKGROUND: Pesticides are identified as one of the dangerous poisons globally in children and are associated with increased short- and long-term morbidity. Pesticide poisoning is the most common method of self-poisoning among adults in rural Sri Lanka, an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

The socio-economic burden of snakebite in Sri Lanka - Kasturiratne A, Pathmeswaran A, Wickremasinghe AR, Jayamanne SF, Dawson A, Isbister GK, de Silva HJ, Lalloo DG.
BACKGROUND: Snakebite is a major problem affecting the rural poor in many of the poorest countries in the tropics. However, the scale of the socio-economic burden has rarely been studied. We undertook a comprehensive assessment of the burden in Sri Lanka. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Deadly dengue fever outbreak kills hundreds in Sri Lanka
A deadly outbreak of dengue fever has ravaged the island nation of Sri Lanka, killing at least 227 people and infecting tens of thousands. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka's worst-ever dengue outbreak kills 225
Sri Lanka is suffering its worst-ever dengue outbreak, with the mosquito-borne virus killing 225 people and infecting more than 76,000 this year (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mud bricks best for cool, green houses, says study
Mud concrete bricks are cheaper, cooler and more environmentally friendly than their alternatives, a Sri Lankan study claims. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - June 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sri Lankan doctors strike to demand university's closure
A strike by Sri Lankan doctors has paralyzed government hospitals, though doctors continued to treat critical and emergency cases (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lankan doctors on strike to demand university's closure
A strike by Sri Lankan doctors has paralyzed government hospitals, though the doctors are still treating critical and emergency cases. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Mercy for money: torture's link to profit in Sri Lanka, a retrospective review - Block W, Lee J, Vijayasingham K.
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this retrospective study is to describe the pattern of bribe taking in exchange for release from torture, during and after the decades-long war in Sri Lanka. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of 98 refugee claimants from Sr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Decentralizing provision of mental health care in Sri Lanka - Fernando N, Suveendran T, de Silva C.
In the past, mental health services in Sri Lanka were limited to tertiary-care institutions, resulting in a large treatment gap. Starting in 2000, significant efforts have been made to reconfigure service provision and to integrate mental health services w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Sri Lanka's Flood Survivors Threatened by Dengue, Disease Sri Lanka's Flood Survivors Threatened by Dengue, Disease
Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned on Monday as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned on Monday as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Floods, Mudslides in Sri Lanka Leave 91 Dead, 110 Missing
BELLANA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Floods and torrents of mud unleashed by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed 91 people and left 110 others missing Friday. Authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations. The Disaster Management Center said 2,040 people were evacuated to safer locations and more than 61,000 were affected by the rain that started early Friday. The foreign ministry appealed for assistance from the United Nations and from other countries. The government advised people living near swollen rivers and hilly slopes prone to landslides to evacuate, as heavy rains were expected to continue. N...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bharatha Mallawarachi and Eranga Jayawardena, Associated Press, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Legal aspects of motor traffic trauma in Sri Lanka - Perera C.
Motor traffic trauma has become a significant denominator of morbidity and mortality statistics in modern Sri Lanka. In 2010, 26,847 were seriously injured, and 2721 people died as a result of road traffic trauma. In 2014, nearly 38,500 road traffic accide... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Pro: Heat stress as a potential etiology of Mesoamerican and Sri Lankan nephropathy: a late night consult with Sherlock Holmes - Johnson RJ.
Epidemics of chronic kidney disease are now recognized in Central America, Mexico, India and Sri Lanka, and there is also some evidence that similar epidemics may be occurring in the USA, Thailand and elsewhere. A common denominator for each location is ma... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

20 killed in Sri Lanka as massive mound of garbage collapses
The death toll from the collapse of a massive garbage mound near Sri Lanka's capital has risen to 20, and residents feared more victims could be buried underneath the debris (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news