Date: 22 Oct 2009
Survey of Emergency and Surgical Capacity in the Conflict-Affected Regions of Sri Lanka
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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.
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.
Although most have trained health care providers capable of basic procedures, infrastructure and supplies were severely lacking.
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.
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World Journal of Surgery
Volume 34, Issue 3 , pp 428-432
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- 1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY, USA
- 2. Clinical Procedures Unit, Department of Essential Health Technologies, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
- 3. World Health Organization, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 4. Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- 5. University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka