A community-based cluster randomised trial of safe storage to reduce pesticide self-poisoning in rural Sri Lanka: study protocol

Melissa Pearson, Flemming Konradsen, David Gunnell, Andrew H Dawson, Ravi Pieris, Manjula Weerasinghe, Dee Knipe, Shaluka Jayamanne, Chris Metcalfe, Keith Hawton, A Rajitha Wickramasinghe, W Atapattu, Palitha Bandara, Dhammika de Silva, Asanga Ranasinghe, Fahim Mohamed, Nicholas A Buckley, Indika Gawarammana, Michael Eddleston

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Abstract

The WHO recognises pesticide poisoning to be the single most important means of suicide globally. Pesticide self-poisoning is a major public health and clinical problem in rural Asia, where it has led to case fatality ratios 20-30 times higher than self-poisoning in the developed world. One approach to reducing access to pesticides is for households to store pesticides in lockable "safe-storage" containers. However, before this approach can be promoted, evidence is required on its effectiveness and safety.
Original languageEnglish
Article number879
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2011

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