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Striving for Equity: Healthcare in Sri Lanka from Independence to the Millennium, 1948–2000
Margaret Jones
Price
895.00
ISBN
9789390122042
Language
English
Pages
276
Format
Hardback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

Since Sri Lanka's independence in 1948, the government has been committed to providing a healthcare system that reaches all classes, genders and ethnicities. In 1949, health was declared a fundamental right of citizenship by Sri Lanka’s first Minister of Health, S. W. D. Bandaranaike. Since then, Sri Lanka has been consistently held as a model of good health at low cost.

Striving for Equity: Healthcare in Sri Lanka from Independence to the Millennium, 1948–2000 explores the implementation of primary healthcare in Sri Lanka against the background of a 30-year internal conflict. It includes an analysis of how international health organisations like the WHO imposed a global health agenda on the developing world through a study of a joint WHO–Sri Lanka project on tuberculosis control.

The author studies selected health policy developments and programmes in Sri Lanka from 1948–2000 with a special focus on children's health, especially the problem of malnutrition, and the implementation of the childhood immunisation programme.

Along with the continuing incidence of communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases present a growing obstacle to the achievement of equity in the twenty-first century. How the country has responded to this double disease burden problem provides the focus of the final chapter.

Margaret Jones is Research Associate, Centre for Global Health Histories, Department of History, University of York, UK.

List of Tables and Figure
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Sri Lanka as a Model for Health Equity
1. Delivering ‘Medical Services for Health and Not for Disease’
2. ‘Public Enemy Number 1’: Governmental, Medical and Societal Responses to TB
3. ‘The Protection of Child Health is the Protection of the Nation’: Malnutrition and Child Health
4. The Technological Fix for Child Health: Immunisation
5. Non-communicable Diseases: The Double Disease Burden
Conclusion: The Challenge of Health for All in the Twenty-first Century
Bibliography
Index
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