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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the major cardiac arrhythmia which is one of the major risk factors for stroke and cardiac arrest. Highest numbers of deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases especially among the middle-aged men who are the main workforce of the country. Understanding the burden, risk factors and management issues and develop the effective monitoring and management pathways will help to reduce the morbidity and the mortality.

Sri Lanka, a country that sustained decades of conflict and is rapidly rebuilding its health systems has an unmet need to improve awareness and detection of AF and integrate management approaches for AF. Estimating the prevalence of AF in the Northern Province could be the first step to calculate the AF disease related burden in Sri Lanka.

News

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A significant milestone reached in community based household survey

Data collection to identify the prevalence and associated risk factors (theme I) was formally initiated on 25th June 2020 and is now successfully going on for over 7 months. Thus the Sri Lankan AF Data Collection team has completed 60 percentage of the data collection and has reached a milestone. We are happy to say that most of the households in Northern Province are welcoming this study and giving their full support. The data collection is expected to finish by September 2021.

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Events

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Pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Maruthankerni Divisional Secretariat(DS) division

A pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Maruthankerni DS division was held at the Maruthankerni DS office. All Grama Niladhari(GN), divisional secretary of the Maruthankerni division participated in the meeting.  project manager & logistics and finance coordinator joined the meeting and explained about AF project and got their support.

15 February 2021 

Pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Velanai Divisional Secretariat(DS) division

A pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Velanai DS division was held at the Velanai DS office. All Grama Niladhari(GN), divisional secretary of the Velanai division participated in the meeting.  Dr. K. Kirushanthan & logistics and finance coordinator joined the meeting and explained about AF project and got their support.

08 February 2021 

Pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Kayts Divisional Secretariat(DS) division

A pre-data collection stakeholder meeting for Kayts DS division was held at the Kayts DS office. All Grama Niladhari(GN), divisional secretary of the Kayts division participated in the meeting. Miss U. powsiga , project manager & Dr. S. Disanth joined the meeting and explained about AF project and got their support.

08 February 2021 

AF team conducted a ‘Shramadana’ campaign

AF team conducted a ‘Shramadana’ event in Kondavil, Kokuvil & Nallur primary medical care units. In this program our team helped them to keep their environment plastic free and clean. We encouraged them to use the orgamic matter to compost and develop a small model organic vegetable garden.

27 January 2021 

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