Public health risks monitored closely in Sri Lanka

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WHO is working closely with Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine (MoH) to monitor health trends in Sri Lanka following the recent floods and landslides which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Communities are at increased risks of water borne, vector borne and diarrheal diseases in affected areas. Temporary medical camps have been established by MoH and the Ministry of Defense and disease surveillance is a top priority. 1 500 health workers have been deployed and essential medicines have been distributed to affected areas. WHO has provided emergency relief items and technical support to address the emergency health needs of the population.

New recommendations for dengue vaccine

Capa Pictures/P. Olivier

16 April 2016 -- Dengue is the world’s most extensively spread mosquito-borne virus – in the last 60 years, global incidence of the disease has increased 30-fold. The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization has recommended that a vaccine for dengue, called Dengvaxia (CYD-TDV), be considered for use in geographic settings with high endemicity.

World Health Day 2016: Prevent. Treat. Beat diabetes

WHO/ Atul Loke

Over 90 million adults have diabetes in the South-East Asia region. Half of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed. The diabetes epidemic is rapidly increasing across the world, with the documented increase most dramatic in low- and middle-income countries.
A large proportion of diabetes cases are preventable. Maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.

Second Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations

WHO/S. Setiogi

8 March 2016 -- Since the Emergency Committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February, substantial new research has provided increasing evidence of a causal relationship between Zika virus and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. The Committee gave recommendations on surveillance, vector control, risk communication, clinical care, travel measures for pregnant women, research and product development.


Climate Service User Forum for Health

WHO Sri Lanka office participated in the recently held Climate Service User Forum for Health on 26-28 April at the Hilton Colombo Residences.

WHO Supports Training of Trainors for Water Safety Plans

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board of Sri Lanka with support from WHO conducted a Training of Trainors Workshop on Water Safety Plans on 22-26 February at the Berjaya Hotel in Mt Lavinia.

Consultancy on Safe Hospitals Initiative in Sri Lanka

During an emergency or disaster, hospitals and other health facilities must remain operational. Disruption of health services due to damage to hospitals and the lack of adequate preparedness to respond effectively are two major factors that can prevent people from receiving life-saving medical care and other essential health services.

Joint Mission of the United Nations Inter-agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

A Joint Mission of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) to Sri Lanka was held between 5 and 9 October 2015.

Award of Excellence in Health Emergency Management – 2015, Sri Lanka

The development of human resources and capacity building in disaster management require the dedicated contribution and services of professionals who have contributed their valuable input, time, and experience.

Prevention and Control of Rabies in SAARC Countries

SAARC countries comprise 3% of the world's area and contain 21% (around 1.7 billion) of the world's total human population. Rabies remains a disease of public health importance in the region with more than 1.5 billion people at risk of rabies and 45% of global burden of human rabies.

9th PHEDMa Training Course Conducted in Polgolla

The Ninth National Training Course in Public Health Emergency and Disaster Management (PHEDMa) was conducted from 20-29 July 2015 at National Institute of Cooperative Development (NICD), Polgolla.

Sri Lanka Holds First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergencies

The First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergency Management was held on 13-14 July at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

WHO Sri Lanka Reviews Preparedness Capacity to Emergencies

The WHO Country Office conducted a review of its emergency preparedness and response capacity on 10 July at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

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