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Natural and Human Environmental Factors Relating to the Occurrence of Malaria in Anuradhapura District (Rambewa and Kabithigollewa)

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G Edirisinghe

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna, LK
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Abstract

The environmental factors in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka favour the  transmission of malaria on a wide scale. Malaria epidemic still remains  among the most devastating diseases occurring in the Anuradhapura district. In 2005, 448 cases of malaria, a 27% of all reported malaria cases occurred in the Anuradhapura district. The main objective of this study is to investigate geographical and human factors related to the occurrence of malaria in the Anuradhapura District.  Malaria has been all over the district, but most prominently in the north part of the district namely Rambewa and Kabithigollewa DS divisions which have been selected for this research. People in these areas have to confront terrorist activates often which create mental stress and physical hardships. More migration as a result of civil war and famine or political distress is major human factors in  the epidemic of malaria. Malaria representing three relationship  components such as parasite, vector and human. This study aims  to emphasise and identify the natural and human environmental factors that will contribute towards developing strategies for the future malaria mitigation.

Sri Lankan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Vol.1(2) Oct 2009
How to Cite: Edirisinghe, G., (2010). Natural and Human Environmental Factors Relating to the Occurrence of Malaria in Anuradhapura District (Rambewa and Kabithigollewa). Sri Lanka Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1(2), p.None.
Published on 13 Dec 2010.
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