COVID-19 – Possible Human Rights Crisis in Asia as Disparities Expected to Widen
The Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) is concerned by the societal socio-economic impact COVID-19 has created in the region, including the impact on employment and in unpaid care work, impact on health, including reproductive health services, and the impact of domestic violence during lockdowns. Credit: Bhuwan Sharma/IPS By Cecilia RussellJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 17 2020 (IPS) The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be felt long after the COVID-19 health risk is resolved, a high-level meeting under the auspices of the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA), heard. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Cecilia Russell Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) International Conference on P Source Type: news

Domestic violence and self-poisoning in Sri Lanka - Bandara P, Page A, Senarathna L, Kidger J, Feder G, Gunnell D, Rajapakse T, Knipe D.
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that domestic violence (DV) is an important risk factor for suicidal behaviour. The level of risk and its contribution to the overall burden of suicidal behaviour among men and women has not been quantified in South... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Severe acute kidney injury following Sri Lankan Hypnale spp. envenoming is associated with thrombotic microangiopathy - Wijewickrama ES, Gooneratne LV, Gnanathasan A, Gawarammana I, Gunatilake M, Isbister GK.
CONTEXT: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is the most serious clinical manifestation of the Sri Lankan hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale spp.) bites. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is increasingly recognized in association with AKI in cases of Hypnale spp envenomat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A study of the pattern of admissions to the accident and emergency (A & E) department of a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka - Jayasekera P, Dassanayake G, Bandara K, Jayawardhena L, Malkanthi KMS.
INTRODUCTION: The latest national healthcare reform policies of Sri Lanka include the development of accident and emergency (A&E) departments in all major hospitals. Provincial General Hospital Kurunegala (PGHK) is a home to the first established A&E depar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hospital-based case series analysis of road traffic trauma patients in Sri Lanka - Lakmal MC, Ekanayake EMDNK, Kelum SHP, Gamage BD, Jayasundara JSB.
Road traffic accidents claim many lives each year worldwide and cause significant disability among survivors. Resulting socioeconomic burden is severe in low- and middle-income countries. Global emphasis currently focuses on trauma education and prevention... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Accidental and deliberate self-poisoning with medications and medication errors among children in rural Sri Lanka - Dayasiri K, Jayamanne SF, Jayasinghe CY.
Context. Pharmaceutical products are the leading cause accidental poisoning in middle- and high-income countries. Patterns of poisoning with medicinal drugs change across different geographic regions and over decades owing to variability in prescription pr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Q & A: Ageing Africa Left out of COVID-19 Policies
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of the ageing population in various African countries were not adequately addressed. However, since the pandemic a recent survey has shown that the pandemic has further compounded the existing health challenges, further increasing neglect of older persons.Credit: Dolphin Emali/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 2020 (IPS) Nearly three quarters of respondents in a survey across 18 African countries have claimed that their countries’ COVID-19 responses are gravely lacking in addressing the ageing population. The survey, conducted by the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Samira Sadeque Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Ageing Population Source Type: news

Affirmative action incentivizes high schoolers to perform better, new research shows
(University of California - San Diego) Affirmative action is a contentious issue across the globe, hotly debated in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nigeria and Brazil, as well as in the United States. While the direct effects of affirmative action on college admissions are well known, new evidence from India shows that affirmative action has indirect benefits on the behavior of underrepresented high school students, who tend to stay in school longer when they know higher education is within reach. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Call for Urgent Action by 275 World Leaders on Global Education Emergency In Face of Covid19
Credit: UNICEF Mali / DickoBy External SourceNEW YORK, Aug 18 2020 (IPS) We write to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19. With over 1 billion children still out of school because of the lockdown, there is now a real and present danger that the public health crisis will create a COVID generation who lose out on schooling and whose opportunities are permanently damaged. While the more fortunate have had access to alternatives, the world’s poorest children have been locked out of learning, denied internet access, and with the loss of free school meals – once a lif...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Education Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Source Type: news

Modification of sidra model for capacity estimation of urban roundabouts under mixed traffic condition in Sri Lanka - Karunarathne T, Sandaruwan A, Wickramasinghe V.
Roundabouts are very popular and used in many countries as a method of intersection control. It facilitates an orderly movement of traffic in a circular motion around a central island in one direction. Design and planning of roundabouts require thorough an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now
Religions for Peace Interreligious Council of Albania distributing Covid relief supplies from the Multi-religious Humanitarian Fund. Credit: Erzen CarjaBy Prof. Azza KaramNEW YORK, Aug 4 2020 (IPS) — I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums “in search of something.” These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Azza Karam Tags: Civil Society Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Access to firearms and adolescent suicide - John A, Azrael D, Miller M.
Age limits on purchasing won't protect the many young people already living with firearms Policies that effectively reduce access to lethal means of suicide save lives. We know, for example, that a ban on the most highly toxic pesticides in Sri Lanka wa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Using ex-ante economic evaluation to inform research priorities in pesticide self-poisoning prevention: the case of a shop-based gatekeeper training programme in rural Sri Lanka - Margarete Damerow S, Weerasinghe M, Bustamante Madsen L, Schultz Hansen K, Pearson M, Eddleston M, Konradsen F.
OBJECTIVES: Suicide by pesticide self-poisoning is a major public health challenge in low- and middle-income countries. While effectiveness studies are required to test alternative prevention approaches, economic evidence is lacking to inform decision maki... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Cinnamon May Slow Progression To Type 2 Diabetes, Boston Study Finds
(CNN) — Cinnamon may improve blood sugar control in people with a condition known as prediabetes and may slow the progression to type 2 diabetes, according to a new pilot study of 51 people with elevated blood sugars. “We are looking for safe, durable and cost-effective approaches to reduce the progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes,” said study author Dr. Giulio Romeo, a staff physician at Boston’s Joslin Diabetes Center and the division of endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The study published Tuesday in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. “Our 12-week study sh...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Syndicated CBSN Boston Cinnamon CNN Diabetes Source Type: news

The silent victims of sexual violence during war: evidence from a List Experiment in Sri Lanka - Traunm üller R, Kijewski S, Freitag M.
Sexual violence is believed to be widespread during war. Yet empirical evidence concerning its prevalence is often limited. Victims, out of feelings of shame or fear, underreport this form of violence. We tackle this problem by administering a list experim... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Man blamed for nearly half Sri Lanka virus cases speaks out
He is known in Sri Lanka as “Patient 206,” linked by officials to nearly half of the island nation’s more than 2,600 coronavirus cases, including hundreds of navy sailors sent into a slum area to find and isolate his contacts (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

A death in a tea estate as a result of illicit power trapping - Rathnaweera RHAI.
Electrocution results when a human is exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. Electrocution is the cause of death for approximately 1000 people in the United States every year. In Sri Lanka common causes for injuries due to electrocution include u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

A study on characteristics of burn patients who were admitted to a tertiary care hospital in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka - Chithrani WA, Ruwanpura PR.
INTRODUCTION: A burn is a type of injury to the skin, or other tissues, caused by heat, cold, electricity, chemicals, friction or radiation. It is a significant health hazard worldwide. According to the annual health bulletin 2015 in Sri Lanka, burn injuri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Covid-19 And Migrant Workers: Planning the return and reintegration of forced returnees
Migrant workers in Dubai. Photo: AFPBy C R AbrarJul 9 2020 (IPS-Partners) During the pandemic, forced return of migrants has become a major issue of concern for intergovernmental bodies and the global civil society engaged in migration issues. The United Nations Network on Migration (UNNM) has urged states “to suspend forced returns during the pandemic, in order to protect the health of migrants and communities, and uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless of status”. UNNM has called for a halt to arbitrary expulsions and reiterated that their “protection needs must be individually assessed; an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: C R Abrar Tags: Health Labour Source Type: news

WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella
The World Health Organization says Sri Lanka and Maldives are the first two countries in its South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Pedestrian involved road traffic accidents - case study in Kandy town, Sri Lanka - Edirisinghe J.
BACKGROUND: It is a known fact that road traffic accidents are responsible for nearly 1.3 million deaths and another 50 million injuries in a year around the globe. Depending on the economic development of the country, victim category may change. In count... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

Exploring the impact of parenting style and attachment on self- harm in UK and Sri Lankan students - Kariyawasam MGLK, Ononaiye M.
Self-harm is the intentional destruction of the body tissue with or without a suicidal purpose. Self-harm is the second leading cause of death across the world and it is most prevalent among young people. Although parenting style and parental attachment ha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Analysis of injury patterns of motorcycle riders admitted to teaching hospital, Karapitiya, Sri Lanka - Samadhi DAH, Ruwanpura PR.
INTRODUCTION: The number of fatality and the disability due to motorcycle collisions is being increasing globally and most of them are preventable tragedies. Motorcycle riders are a major vulnerable group of road users and the severity of crashes could be ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Are laws of domestic violence and rehabilitation of substance abusers satisfactory in Sri Lanka? A review with cases - Ariyarathna D, Hulatduwa SR.
The following two cases are representative examples to prove that existing legal framework assists in the rehabilitation of the accused even though it is one of the standard yet 'rather difficult to achieve' type of objectives of penalty/punishment. New la... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka lifts coronavirus curfew
Sri Lanka’s government has lifted a curfew imposed to contain the spreading of the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Impact of COVID-19 on Women in South Asia
By Raghbendra JhaCANBERRA, Australia, Jun 12 2020 (IPS) Prior to the onset of the coronavirus crisis South Asian women participated only sparingly in the labor market. Even though South Asia was and still has the potential to become one of the fastest growing regions in the world (post COVID19) female labor force participation rates were low at 23.6% compared to 80% for men (World Bank figures). Raghbendra JhaThe principal reasons for low female labor participation rates are (i) relatively low literacy rates for women as compared to men1 although the gap between the two is falling and both rates are rising; (ii) gender no...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghbendra Jha Tags: Asia-Pacific Economy & Trade Gender Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Discovery of oldest bow and arrow technology in Eurasia
(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) The origins of human innovation have traditionally been sought in the grasslands and coasts of Africa or the temperate environments of Europe. More extreme environments, such as the tropical rainforests of Asia, have been largely overlooked, despite their deep history of human occupation. A new study provides the earliest evidence for bow-and-arrow use, and perhaps the making of clothes, outside of Africa ~48-45,000 years ago -in the tropics of Sri Lanka. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General
PRESS RELEASE  By External SourceJun 8 2020 (IPS-Partners) The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World Oceans Day (8 June), Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Economy & Trade Environment Green Economy Health Source Type: news

Covid-19: Caring for Care Workers
Credit: UN WomenBy Lan Mercado, Mohammad Naciri, and Yamini MishraUNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 2020 (IPS) COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Nations, businesses, and schools have closed, and billions are confined to their homes. Yet millions of care workers step out daily to keep the lights on and support those in need. The majority of them are women – nurses, community health workers, sanitation workers, and others. They earn little and are grossly undervalued despite keeping our society and economy running. Other forms of care – looking after families, cooking, cleaning, and fetching water aren’t paid...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lan Mercado - Mohammad Naciri - Yamini Mishra Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Development & Aid Environment Featured Global Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Migrant Women Exploited by Those They Trust
Credit: Unsplash / Gabriel BenoisBy Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Jun 4 2020 (IPS) Maliha Masud (25), was promised an affluent life and opportunities for higher education. A bright student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she wanted to complete her studies and become someone her parents would be proud of. She was promised an opportunity to get her Master’s degree from a good university in the United States but, two years later, was left battered and wounded at the doorstep of a shelter. Maliha was 20 years old when she married an immigrant living in the United States, who was completing his Master’s at a r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fairuz Ahmed Tags: Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Gender Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Gender-based violence: experiences from two tertiary care settings in Sri Lanka - Pathiraja DY, Pathiraja RP, Senanayake L, Edirisinghe RM, Mapitigama N.
This study aimed to obtain an overview of survivors of gender-based violence GBV who seek care,  different types and consequences of (GBV), their modes of referral, factors associated with GBV, characteristics of the perpetrators, health-seeki... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Emerging pesticides responsible for suicide in rural Sri Lanka following the 2008-2014 pesticide bans - Weerasinghe M, Pearson M, Konradsen F, Agampodi S, Sumith JA, Jayamanne S, Senanayake SMHMK, Rajapaksha S, Eddleston M.
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has reduced its overall suicide rate by 70% over the last two decades through means restriction, through a series of government regulations and bans removing highly hazardous pesticides from agriculture. We aimed to identify the key p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Remembering indian ocean slavery through film: Afro-Sri Lankan memories - Jayasuriya SS.
Due to assimilation, the diversity of the region, and the problems of identification, the presence of Asians with African ancestry in some parts of the Indian Ocean goes largely unnoticed. Whilst Ethiopians came to Sri Lanka voluntarily during the sixth ce... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Framework to analyze Sri Lanka disaster management mechanism - Randil C, Siriwardana C, Hewawasam K.
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to develop a framework to assess the disaster management mechanism in Sri Lanka by means of the established indicators and newly derived indicators. This could be used to identify the parameters, which should be paid mu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

An update of proposed Sri Lanka warning system for east and west coast tsunamis - Wickramaratne S, Wirasinghe SC, Ruwanpura J.
PURPOSE Based on the existing provisions/operations of tsunami warning in the Indian Ocean, authors observed that detection as well as arrival time estimations of regional tsunami service providers (RTSPs) could be improved. In particular, the detection me... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Barriers and enablers of coastal disaster resilience - lessons learned from tsunami in Sri Lanka - Rathnayake DK, Kularatne D, Abeysinghe S, Shehara I, Fonseka T, Edirisinghe Mudiyanselage SDJ, Kamalrathne WGCT, Siriwardana C, Alagiyawanna Mohotti Appuhamilage CSB, Dissanayake R.
This study aims to evaluate the coastal disaster resilience and the disaster management framework of Sri Lanka, by conducting a case study in a few coastal areas in the district of Matara which were majorly affected in 2004 by the Indian Ocean Tsun... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Evaluation of gaps in early warning mechanisms and evacuation procedures for coastal communities in Sri Lanka - Perera C, Jayasooriya D, Jayasiri G, Randil C, Bandara C, Siriwardana C, Dissanayake R, Hippola S, Sylva K, Kamalrathne T, Kulatunga A.
PURPOSE Even though Sri Lanka has established Early Warning (EW) mechanisms and Evacuation Procedures (EP) for the communities affected by the coastal disasters, there are several gaps, which hinder effective mechanisms in operation of disaster management ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

The upstream-downstream interface of Sri Lanka's tsunami early warning system - Haigh R, Sakalasuriya MM, Amaratunga D, Basnayake S, Hettige S, Premalal S, Jayasinghe Arachchi A.
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to deliver a detailed analysis of the functioning of upstream-downstream interface process of the tsunami early warning and mitigation system in Sri Lanka. It also gives an understanding of the social, administrative, p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Protecting Women ’s Reproductive Health During the Pandemic
Woman gives birth to healthy baby in …., Democratic Republic of the Congo, facilitated by the delivery that day of emergency reproductive health kits. Credit: UNFPABy Anand Grover and Ximena CasasMay 12 2020 (IPS) “When I was 13… I got pregnant from my older brother… He raped me starting when I was 11,” a girl from Guatemala told one of us in 2015. She was one of the 2 million girls under 15 worldwide who give birth each year, often due to sexual violence. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting girls like her at even greater risk. While lockdowns reduce the spread of Covid-19, they also drive a g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anand Grover and Ximena Casas Tags: Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Source Type: news

A qualitative analysis of self-harm and suicide in Sri Lankan printed newspapers - Brandt S ørensen J, Pearson M, Armstrong G, Andersen MW, Weerasinghe M, Hawton K, Konradsen F.
Background: Media reporting may influence suicidal behavior. In-depth exploration of how self-harm and suicide are portrayed in newspaper articles in a middle-income country such as Sri Lanka is lacking. Aims: We aimed to explore how self-harm and suic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Media, Marketing, and Internet Issues Source Type: news

World ’s Poor Hit by Double Jeopardy: a Deadly Virus & a Devastating Debt Burden
Credit: UNFPABy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, May 7 2020 (IPS) The world’s poorer nations, reeling under an unrelenting attack on their fragile economies by the COVID-19 pandemic, have suffered an equally deadly body blow: being buried under heavy debt burdens. Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, said last week that in 2019, 64 countries, nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, spent more on servicing external debt than on health. Ethiopia alone, he said, spends twice as much on paying off external debt as on health. “We spend 47 percent of our merchandise exp...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Civil Society Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Venom-induced consumption coagulopathy following hump-nosed pit viper (genus: Hypnale) envenoming in sri  lanka: uncertain efficacy of fresh frozen plasma - Namal Rathnayaka RMMK, Ranathunga PEAN, Kularatne SAM.
INTRODUCTION: Hump-nosed pit vipers (Hypnale spp) cause the highest number of venomous snakebites in Sri Lanka. Bites commonly cause local envenoming leading to local pain, swelling, and necrosis of the site of the bite. Acute kidney injury is the most com... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

Sailors become biggest cluster of infections in Sri Lanka
Sailors at a Sri Lankan naval base have become the biggest cluster of coronavirus infections in the Indian Ocean island nation with 248 testing positive for the disease (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reimposing full curfew amid resurgence
Sri Lanka’s government is reimposing a 24-hour curfew across the Indian Ocean island nation after a recent resurgence of coronavirus cases (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reimposes curfew; India eases lockdown
Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were hunting those evading quarantine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Asia Today: Sri Lanka reimposes curfew; 12 cases in China
Sri Lanka has reimposed a countrywide 24-hour curfew after a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them navy sailors who were hunting those evading quarantine (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Sri Lanka in quandary over holding elections amid virus
Sri Lanka’s election commission is meeting with government officials to discuss ways to avoid a possible constitutional crisis if the country fails to hold parliamentary elections before a mandated deadline of June 2 because of the coronavirus (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

BCG Vaccine Fighting Coronavirus in South Asia
The map from the medical journal Plos Medicine displays BCG vaccination policy by country. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. Yellow: The country now has a universal BCG vaccination program. Blue: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but now does not. Red: The country never had a universal vaccination program.By Darini Rajasingham-SenanayakeCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Apr 20 2020 (IPS) Numerous studies in many parts of the world have linked the BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination, widely used in the developing world with fewer Coronavirus cases. T...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

India to export hydroxychloroquine only to foreign governments and not to private companies: Sources
"Hydroxychloroquine continues to be a prohibited item. Private-to-private company or a domestic exporter-to-foreign importer trade is ban. The procedure, which the government is adopting, is to help countries which are in dire need or which are traditionally dependent on India for this medicine or friendly countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan," the sources said. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - April 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Coronavirus Proves Need for Free Healthcare for All – Now
Kansiime and her daughters arrive at the Mbarara Hospital. The three family members all live with HIV and go to the clinic regularly to collect their medication. "When I go to hospital, I am surrounded by other women who have come for treatment. We are there for the same reason,” Kansiime says. “This has helped me overcome stigma and given me strength." Credit: UNICEF/UNI211907/SchermbruckerBy Winnie ByanyimaGENEVA, Apr 2 2020 (IPS) The multi-layered crisis of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a dramatic shock to everyone. But, to communities affected by HIV and AIDS, the crisis has not only brought a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Winnie Byanyima Tags: Africa Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news