, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 428-432
Date: 22 Oct 2009

Survey of Emergency and Surgical Capacity in the Conflict-Affected Regions of Sri Lanka

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Abstract

Background

Three decades of internal conflict in the North and East of Sri Lanka have taken a toll on the health care system in that area.

Methods

We proposed to quantify the current status of capacity to deliver emergency, anesthesia, and surgical interventions in the conflict affected areas of Sri Lanka. The World Health Organization (WHO) Tool for Situational Analysis to Assess Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (EESC) was used to evaluate 47 health facilities.

Results

Although most have trained health care providers capable of basic procedures, infrastructure and supplies were severely lacking.

Conclusion

These data can be used as a basis for the recovery and rebuilding of EESC capacity in conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka.

The authors are staff members of the World Health Organization. However, the authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this publication, and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.
This work was presented in part at the Third WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) Meeting, Mongolia, June 2009.