Year: 2003 Source: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, v.81, no.11, (November 2003), p.789-798 SIEC No: 20040200

This document assesses the impact of pesticide regulation on the number of deaths from poisoning in Sri Lanka. These regulations, implemented in the 1970s, aimed to reduce the number of deaths – mainly from self-poisoning – by limiting the availability & use of highly toxic pesticides. It is found that the total national number of admissions due to poisoning & admissions due to pesticide poisoning both sharply increased between 1986, but that the case fatality proportion fell at the same time. Explanations for this are explored. (48 refs)