9 January 2015 Situation: Heavy rainfall that continued over a week which started from 19 December has caused flash floods in 22 districts in 9 provinces (Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Eastern, Southern, Western, Central, North-Central, Northern and North-Western) in Sri Lanka. By 31 December 2014, 1 124 661 individuals from 312 726 families were affected. There were 6 429 fully damaged houses and 18 560 partially damaged houses. Around 61 078 individuals had to stay in 661 evacuation centers in affected areas. The number of deaths from the floods was 39. Nineteen 19 deaths occurred in Badulla district of Uva province while there were 2 persons missing due to the disaster situation.
There has been no reported outbreak of communicable diseases. The Ministry of Health along with the Regional Directors of Health Services and the hospitals in respective affected areas provided the basic health needs of the affected communities.
On 29 October 2014, at approximately 7:30 am, a landslide occurred in the Meeriyabedde Division of Koslanda Tea Estate which is in the Haldumulla Divisional Secretariat Division in Badulla District.
Approximately 38 people are said to have disappeared and to‐date only 12 bodies have been recovered from the mud and debris caused by the landslide. Only 6 sustained minor injuries out of which 3 were admitted to Bandarawela Hospital and 3 to Koslanda Hospital and later discharged. Search and recovery operations by the Sri Lanka Army are still on‐going.
International Congress on Oral Cancer, Smokeless Tobacco and Arecanut
Oral squamous cell carcinoma synonymously defined as oral cancer is the commonest malignancy in males of Sri Lanka. The reason for the high prevalence of oral cancer is the traditional and cultural habit (betel chewing) practiced by people of South Asia. The Centre for Research in Oral Cancer at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was established to facilitate this process. The Centre works very closely with the National Cancer Control Programme of Sri Lanka. The First international congress on oral cancer, smokeless tobacco and areca nut held in Kandy on the 8 & 9 August aimed to improve the scientific knowledge on current developments in the region as well as the world among the clinicians and relevant stake holders in oral cancer management & to improve the future research in the area.
Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) in cooperation with the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA), Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka and IOGT International organized a study tour for Parliamentarians and Civil Society Representatives of six countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Mongolia) to Sri Lanka from 22-25th of July 2014. The workshop brought together 51 participants (18 parliamentarians, ministry representatives and civil society members from the above mentioned countries).
- World Health Day 2014 – Sri Lanka
- New SEARO Regional Director appointed
- Hon. Minister’s Maiden Visit to WCO Sri Lanka Office
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities-2013 [pdf 860kb]
- Advocacy meeting for CEOs of the plantation sector companies in Sri Lanka [pdf 272kb]
- Commonwealth Youth Forum [pdf 354kb]
- National Poison Prevention Week [pdf 1.20Mb]
- WHO Sri Lanka Assists in Health Response to Philippines Disaster
Country Cooperation Strategy
NCDs in a lower-middle-income country
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
WHO Sri Lanka Health Repository
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