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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

Plant poisoning among children in rural Sri Lanka - Dayasiri MB, Jayamanne SF, Jayasinghe CY.
Plant poisoning is a common presentation in paediatric practice and an important cause of preventable mortality and morbidity in Sri Lanka. The burden of plant poisoning is largely underexplored. The current multicenter study based in rural Sri Lanka asses... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

An insight to motorized two and three wheel crashes in developing countries: a case study in Sri Lanka - Devasurendra K, Perera L, Bandara S.
Road traffic injury is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Sri Lanka. In 2014, 35,967 crashes were reported of which 6% were fatal, causing 2,440 deaths. Motorcycles account for more than 50% of the vehicles registered in the country and have bee... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Suicide prevention through means restriction: impact of the 2008-2011 pesticide restrictions on suicide in Sri Lanka - Knipe DW, Chang SS, Dawson A, Eddleston M, Konradsen F, Metcalfe C, Gunnell D.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of 3-year phased bans of the pesticides dimethoate and fenthion in 2008-2010, and paraquat in 2009-2011, on suicide mortality in Sri Lanka. METHODS: Age-standardised overall, sex-specific, and method-specific su... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Ninety per cent of Sri Lankan women endure sexual harassment on public transport, UNFPA study shows
Language EnglishUNITED NATIONS, New York/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –Ninety per cent of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment while taking public transport, a new study commissioned by UNFPA has found. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 8, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Emergency medical service systems in Sri Lanka: problems of the past, challenges of the future - Wimalaratne K, Lee JI, Lee KH, Lee HY, Lee JH, Kang IH.
This article describes the development, delivery, and future ideas for EMS in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also faces frequent natural hazards that justify the establishment of an E... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Huge Health Needs for World ’s One Billion Migrants
Credit: IOMBy IPS World DeskROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS)With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is often inadequate. This has been the key issue before senior public health officials from over 40 countries, who met on February 23 in Colombo, concluding that addressing the health needs of migrants reduces long-term health and social costs, enhances health security and contributes to social and economic develop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Regional variation in suicide rates in Sri Lanka between 1955 and 2011: a spatial and temporal analysis - Knipe DW, Padmanathan P, Muthuwatta L, Metcalfe C, Gunnell D.
BACKGROUND: Between 1955 and 2011 there were marked fluctuations in suicide rates in Sri Lanka; incidence increased six-fold between 1955 and the 1980s, and halved in the early 21st century. Changes in access to highly toxic pesticides are thought to have ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

11 Dead as Boat Capsizes Off Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 11 people were killed and 24 others rescued Sunday after the boat they were traveling in capsized off of Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, police said. The boat was among 19 that took part in a religious festival procession from the fishing town of Beruwala, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the capital, Colombo, said police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody. The tragedy occurred when the boats were returning from the festival. Jayakody said in a statement that seven women and four men died. The 24 people who were rescued were being treated at a hospital. The cause of th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

UN food relief agency working with Sri Lanka to end hunger and malnutrition
Sri Lanka is making efforts to achieve zero hunger and zero undernutrition, having launched a national review of food security and nutrition with the United Nations emergency food relief agency. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - February 14, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Utilization of boxes for pesticide storage in Sri Lanka - Pieris R, Weerasinghe M, Abeywickrama T, Manuweera G, Eddleston M, Dawson A, Konradsen F.
Pesticide self-poisoning is now considered one of the two most common methods of suicide worldwide. Encouraging safe storage of pesticides is one particular approach aimed at reducing pesticide self-poisoning. CropLife Sri Lanka (the local association of p... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Media portrayal of child abuse in Sri Lanka and the impact of two incidents of child abuse on media coverage - Rodrigo A, Liyanage N.
Background Child maltreatment is increasingly being recognized as an important public health issue in' Sri Lanka. Most public knowledge in Sri Lanka on this issue, and direction for public policy, originate from mass media, which may sensationalise the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Repetition rate after non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri-Lanka: a one year prospective longitudinal study - Rajapakse TN, Griffiths KM, Cotton S, Christensen H.
INTRODUCTION: Attempted or non-fatal self-poisoning is an important public health problem in Sri Lanka. Current evidence from Sri Lanka suggests that this phenomenon is more common among young people, and females, and is associated with a recent interperso... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Poisoning Source Type: news

Characteristics of road traffic accident casualties admitted to a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka - Fernando DM, Tennakoon SU, Samaranayake AN, Wickramasinghe M.
The mortality and morbidity of road traffic accidents (RTA) is increasing in the South Asian region, including Sri Lanka. Therefore, the demographic factors, types of vehicles involved, and the severity of injuries sustained in RTA was studied. Age, gender... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

PTSD symptoms among tsunami exposed mothers in Sri Lanka: the role of disaster exposure, culturally-specific coping strategies and recovery efforts - Wickrama T, Wickrama KA, Banford A, Lambert J.
This study investigates cop... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 26, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

War and disaster in Sri Lanka: implications for widows' family adjustment and perception of self-efficacy in caring for one's family - Witting AB, Lambert J, Wickrama T.
The data for this study were collected in 2014 from widows in Eastern Sri Lanka whose spouses died in the civil war, tsunami, or from health-related problems. Conservation of resources (COR) theory was used as a lens to examine the extent to which war and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 16, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Armed conflict in Sri Lanka opened space for Tamil women to change gender roles
(University of Gothenburg) The armed conflict that raged in Sri Lanka for decades opened a space for women in Jaffna's Tamil society to assume new and different roles. Both in the private and public spheres. And this has changed Tamil society in Jaffna to an extent. That is concluded in a new thesis from the University of Gothenburg. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 5, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

El Ni ño conditions in Pacific precedes dengue fever epidemics in South Asia
Researchers have found a strong association between El Ni ño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka. According to a study , el Niño activity – measured in sea surface temperature in the pacific – impacts rainfall and temperatures in Sri Lanka and thus contributes to exacerbated dengue epid emics six months later. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

El Ni ño conditions in Pacific precede dengue fever epidemics in South Asia
Researchers have found a strong association between El Ni ño-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka. According to a study , el Niño activity -- measured in sea surface temperature in the pacific -- impacts rainfall and temperatures in Sri Lanka and thus contributes to exacerbated dengue epidem ics six months later. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

El Ni ñ o conditions in the Pacific precedes dengue fever epidemics in South Asia
(Umea University) Researchers have found a strong association between El Ni ñ o-Southern Oscillation conditions in the Pacific to observed weather and dengue epidemics in Sri Lanka. According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, el Ni ñ o activity -- measured in sea surface temperature in the pacific -- impacts rainfall and temperatures in Sri Lanka and thus contributes to exacerbated dengue epidemics six months later. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Patterns of abuse amongst Sri Lankan women returning home after working as domestic maids in the Middle East: an exploratory study of medico-legal referrals - Wickramage K, De Silva M, Peiris S.
This study aimed to explore patterns of abuse amongst Sri Lankan women returning home after working as domestic maids. METHODS: Sri Lanka... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Sri Lanka eliminates malaria with shift in strategy
Sri Lanka shows that eliminating malaria demands a concerted plan including parasite surveillance. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - September 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Global Health: ‘ Big Success Story ’ : Sri Lanka Is Declared Free of Malaria
The announcement by the World Health Organization came for a country that once had more than 500,000 cases a year but has not had any for three years. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria World Health Organization Sri Lanka Tamils (Ethnic Group) Sinhalese (Ethnic Group) Source Type: news

Indian Ocean Tsunami and its influence on the resurgence of social work as an academic discipline in Sri Lanka - Herath SMK.
In December 2004, the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami hit the coastal areas of Sri Lanka causing a devastating impact on the lives of people. National and International humanitarian aid received in the aftermath was unprecedented. Among this was a team of pro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Can Sri Lanka show the world how to to end malaria?
Sri Lanka was certified malaria-free on Monday, making it the second country to reach this status in the World Health Organization's (WHO) region of South-east Asia. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - September 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO declares Sri Lanka malaria-free
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has certified Sri Lanka for eliminating malaria disease, which long affected the island country. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - September 6, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Suicide first aid guidelines for Sri Lanka: a Delphi consensus study - De Silva SA, Colucci E, Mendis J, Kelly CM, Jorm AF, Minas H.
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Gatekeeper programs aimed at specific target groups could be a promising suicide prevention strategy in the country. The aim of this study was to develop guidelines that help members ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Program and Other Evaluations, Effectiveness Studies Source Type: news