Determination of response spectra for Sri Lankan cities using finite difference method - Dananjaya RMS, Wijesundara KK, Seneviratne HN, Dissanayake PBR.
Sri Lanka has been considered as a seismically safe country in the past considering the large distance from the island to active plate boundaries. However, with the increased degree of urbanization, the possible impact of intraplate earthquakes on populati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

A macro seismic hazard zonation for Sri Lanka - Seneviratne HN, Wijesundara KK, Perera LRK, Dissanayake PBR.
"ENGINEER", established in 1973 by The Institution of Engineers, is a Journal for dissemination of Engineering knowledge, published quarterly.Cover DescriptionCover images show construction works of the raising of the Minipe anicut project. The Institution... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

If Covid-19 is Primarily a ‘First World’ Virus, Why is the Global South in Lockdown?
A lockdown closer home. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres walking the empty corridors of the UN Secretariat building in New York in 2020. Credit: United NationsBy Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan 7 2021 (IPS) The currently available Covid-19 vaccines have been authorized for ‘emergency use ‘in Europe and North America. This is due to an apparent spike in Covid-19 flu cases in the northern hemisphere as winter advances. Highly advertised vaccines are being produced and rolled out at ‘warped speed’ by powerful pharmaceutical and bio-technology companies headquartered in Euro-Ameri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

India says it will prioritize Sri Lanka in providing vaccine
India’s foreign minister has assured Sri Lanka that it will be prioritized when Indian-produced COVID-19 vaccines are ready for export (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Characteristics and factors associated with injuries sustained by motorcycle occupants admitted to Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Sri Lanka from 2010 to 2014 - Rathnaweera RHAI, Gunarathna EGUN.
The objective of this study was to investigate the characteristics of motorcycle accidents and to describe and compare i... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sri Lanka opens borders to tourists, and the very first batch has covid positives
Six tourists who arrived from Ukraine have been tested positive for the COVID-19 so far, according to National Operations CenterContinue Reading (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 9 months
Sri Lanka has reopened to tourists after more than nine months (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka locks down 3 towns as spread persists
Sri Lankan authorities have imposed lockdown on three towns on the outskirts of the capital to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the festive season (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Empowering Women through Wisdom
Credit: Oxfam.orgBy Caryll Tozer and Soraya M. DeenCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec 22 2020 (IPS) During the COVID 19 lockdown in Sri Lanka, seven women from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds came together to deliver Wisdom and their message that women must be empowered and their voices for national unity must be heard through this movement. We called ourselves the Wisdom Women and named the online program we created, “Wisdom Wednesdays”. The program airs every fortnight and since its inception in March 2020, we have hosted 21 stimulating shows, with thousands of people watching from across the world. https://y...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Caryll Tozer and Soraya M. Deen Tags: Asia-Pacific Civil Society Featured Gender Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

Sudden death following hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) bite - Namal Rathnayaka RMMK, Nishanthi Ranathunga PEA, Kularatne SM.
Hump-nosed vipers of the genus Hypnale are venomous pit vipers endemic to Sri Lanka and southwestern India. They are the most common cause of venomous snakebites in Sri Lanka, causing 27 to 77% of all snakebites. Usually, their bites cause local envenom... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

An integrated approach to enhance community resilience in disaster response in Sri Lanka - Herath HMMSD, Saja AMA, Piyadasa R, Zarouk Z.
Climate-related extreme geophysical events are among critical global challenges, and Sri Lanka is the second most-affected nation. To minimize disaster impacts and enhance the livability of human settlements, the concept of building community resilience ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Complicating 'victimhood' in diaspora studies: the saga of Tamils in exile - Ganesh K.
As an interdisciplinary field, Diaspora Studies has drawn from many disciplines, including sociology, especially from its debates on migration, structure and agency. This lecture draws on my ethnographic fieldwork on the Sri Lankan Tamils in Germany. It an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Asia Today: Maldives considers burying Sri Lankan Muslims
The Maldives president’s office says it is discussing how to provide a “humane response” to a request from neighboring Sri Lanka to allow burials for Muslims who die of COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka to the U.K.: Here ’s your waste back. And there’s more to come
COLOMBO — Sri Lanka has sent back the first batch of hundreds of containers of waste to the U.K., becoming the latest nation in the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Posttraumatic stress and co-occurrence of mental health problems in Sri Lankan adolescents - Ponnamperuma T, Sumathipala A, Siribaddana S.
This study examined the co-o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Pandemic, ‘Great Reset’ and Resistance
A mother and doctor tend to a young girl with COVID-19 at an intensive care ward in the western region of Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Credit: UNICEF/Evgeniy MaloletkaBy Asoka BandarageCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka , Dec 1 2020 (IPS) According to the Center for Systems Science at Johns Hopkins University, as of November 29th, there have been 62,150,421 COVID-19 cases, including 1,450,338 deaths. And according to the latest ILO reports, as job losses escalate due to lockdowns, nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing livelihoods, access to food and the ability to survive. The World Economic Forum states that ‘With some ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Asoka Bandarage Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Asia Today: 8 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison
Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka’s capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving eight prisoners dead and 59 others injured (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lankan prison riot leaves 8 inmates dead, 59 injured
Sri Lankan officials say eight inmates were killed and 59 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: 6 dead in pandemic unrest at Sri Lanka prison
Inmates unhappy about the coronavirus threat at an overcrowded prison near Sri Lanka’s capital have clashed with guards who opened fire, leaving six prisoners dead and 35 others injured (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lankan prison riot leaves 6 inmates dead, 35 injured
Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

1 inmate dead, 3 wounded in Sri Lanka prison riot
Officials say at least one inmate has been killed and three others injured when inmates clashed with prison officers Sunday at a facility on the outskirt of the capital Colombo (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and environmental health hazards among tea pluckers of Maddekanda tea estate in Balangoda Pradeshiya Saba Division, Sri Lanka - Chandrasekara UHS, Warnakulasuriya SSP, Kisokanth G.
BACKGROUND: Tea pluckers in Sri Lanka play a prominent role in supplying tea for the local and foreign demand. Long standing, bearing weight on back, repetitive hand movements, slip and falls due to walking on uneven grounds lead to various health problems... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

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 study explored associations between ACE and hospital ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Japan Should Lead Charge for Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Credit: United NationsBy Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 20 2020 (IPS) Japan should step up and play a role as a global facilitator for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Dr Daisaku Higashi said at a recent Japan Parliamentarians Federation for Population (JPFP) study meeting. The country should use the credibility developed in the post-Second World War era as a country with expertise in peacebuilding to ensure that developing countries are included in the vaccines’ rollout. Higashi, a renowned commentator from Sophia University, warned that only an international effort could solve the problems ca...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) Source Type: news

Push Is On in US to Figure Out South Asians' High Heart Risks Push Is On in US to Figure Out South Asians' High Heart Risks
South Asian Americans -- people with roots in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives -- have a disproportionately higher risk for heart disease.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - November 19, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Serious non-fatal unintentional injuries among in-school adolescents in Sri Lanka: results from the 2016 Sri Lankan global school-based health survey - Wickramasinghe S, Gunawardena NS, Punyadasa D, Gunawardena S, Wickramasinghe C, Lokubalasooriya A, Peiris R, Senanayake S.
BACKGROUND: Unintentional injuries among adolescents is a major public health problem the world over. A great majority of the annual deaths among adolescents is due to unintentional injuries; it is also the leading cause of death among adolescents in the w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Covid Pandemic: Broadening the Discourse
Thailand’s COVID-19 response an example of resilience and solidarity: a UN Resident Coordinator’s BlogBy Asoka BandarageCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Nov 10 2020 (IPS) SARS-CoV-2, the corona virus that causes COVID-19, has been spreading exponentially across the world over the last ten or so months. As of November 6th, according to the Center for Systems Science at Johns Hopkins University, there have been 49,195,581 cases of COVID-19, including 1,241,031 deaths. More than a third of the global population has been placed on lockdown. The global economy is experiencing the deepest global recession since World War 2 and m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Asoka Bandarage Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Peace TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka to strictly enforce virus regulations
Sri Lanka police say they will strictly enforce mask and social distancing requirements and punish violators as other anti-virus measures are eased to reduce the economic pain (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka sends back 82 more garbage containers to UK
Another 82 garbage-filled freight containers out of the 242, that were illegally imported into the country would be shipped back to the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More than 100 beached whales saved off Sri Lanka
The navy, environmentalists and locals pushed most of the beached pilot whales back into the sea. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sri Lanka Navy, Villagers Save Beached Whales
(Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka postpones school reopening for virus
Authorities in Sri Lanka have extended the school holidays for two more weeks, postponing the opening of classes amid a surge of COVID-19 patients from two clusters in Colombo and the capital's suburbs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Revisiting suicide rate during wartime: evidence from the Sri Lankan civil war - Aida T.
After the seminal work of Durkheim (1897), many subsequent studies have revealed a decline in suicide rates during wartime. However, their main focus was inter-state wars and whether the same argument holds for civil conflicts within a country is an import... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Feasibility of participatory theater workshops to increase staff awareness of and readiness to respond to abuse in health care: a qualitative study of a pilot intervention using forum play among Sri Lankan health care providers - Infanti JJ, Zbikowski A, Wijewardene K, Swahnberg K.
Women globally experience mistreatment by health providers during childbirth. Researchers have identified strategies to counteract this type of abuse in health care, but few have been evaluated. We used a theater technique, Forum Play, in a brief training ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes harbors after 609 test positive
Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed at least two fishery harbors and many stalls after a surge of 609 cases linked to the country’s main fish market (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes fish market, expands curfew
Sri Lanka’s main fish market has been closed and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster
Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections tied to a new cluster centered on a garment factory (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Enhanced Social Protection an Opportunity Asia Pacific Must Grasp
By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Chihoko Asada MiyakawaBANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 20 2020 (IPS) In the fight against COVID-19, success has so far been defined by responses in Asia and the Pacific. Many countries in our region have been hailed as reference points in containing the virus. Yet if the region is to build back better, the success of immediate responses should not distract from the weaknesses COVID-19 has laid bare. Too many people in our region are left to fend for themselves in times of need. This pandemic was no exception. Comprehensive social protection systems could right this wrong. Building these systems must...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Chihoko Asada Miyakawa Tags: Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Economy & Trade Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

Developing a multi-facet social vulnerability measure for flood disasters at the micro-level assessment - Karunarathne AY, Lee G.
Sri Lanka has experienced severe consequences of flood disasters in recent decades. Hundreds of thousands of people and their homes were affected by mass floods in 2016 and 2017. However, the quantification of social vulnerability to such calamities has no... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Applicability of the PTVA-4 model to evaluate the structural vulnerability of hospitals in Sri Lanka against tsunami - Harisuthan S, Hasalanka H, Kularatne D, Siriwardana C.
PURPOSE This paper aims to identify the specific parameters in developing a framework to assess the structural vulnerability of hospital buildings in Sri Lanka against tsunami. Along with that, the adaptability and suitability of the existing global framew... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Integrating a social norms perspective to address community violence against Sri Lankan women and girls: a call for research and practice - Butt AP, Kenny L, Cislaghi B.
Whilst violence against women and girls (VAWG) by intimate partners has received increasing research attention in the last decade, non-partner violence in public spaces remains an underexplored area. With rapid urbanization, violence against women and girl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Complete recovery following "Veeram" (Mercury II chloride) poisoning: a case report - Sathiaruban S, Ghetheswaran S, Weerakkody RM.
We describe a case with acute, suicidal, mercury (II) chloride poisoning, who presented with confusion, acidosis and renal shut down. He was managed with mercury c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

First authenticated case of a bite by rare and elusive blood-bellied coral snake (Calliophis haematoetron) - Silva A, Jayakody S, Ranasinghe N, Manawaduge A, Perera K.
Blood-bellied coral snake (Calliophis haematoetron) is a recently discovered forest-dwelling species of elapid hitherto known from 3 specimens found from central Sri Lanka. Herein we describe the first authenticated case of blood-bellied coral snakebite. T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Over 1,000 get coronavirus at Sri Lanka factory that made masks for US
More than 1,000 workers have tested positive for coronavirus at a Sri Lanka factory that until August was producing surgical masks for... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus
Sri Lankan health authorities are working to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and spas (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka expands curfew, closes gov't offices
Authorities in Sri Lanka are closing key government offices and further expanding a curfew in an attempt to contain a surging coronavirus outbreak (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka closes key gov't offices as virus outbreak surges
Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed key government offices and further expanded a curfew to contain a surging coronavirus outbreak (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka widens curfew, bans gatherings as virus surges
Authorities in Sri Lanka have widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital’s suburbs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise
Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ground-breaking trial aiming to stop women dying in childbirth starts recruitment in Africa and Asia
(University of Birmingham) Researchers based at the University of Birmingham are starting a ground-breaking maternal health trial across 80 hospitals in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Sri Lanka. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news