The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October 2017, under the theme “Answering the call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.” The Sustainable Development Goals Framework is a transformative agenda which affirms that poverty is the greatest global challenge which must be overcome in order to realize sustainable development. Hence, this article reviews the relevance of the SDG Agenda to Sri Lanka’s national policy outlook, specifically in terms of reducing inequalities and attaining social development.
There is a clear gender-bias when it comes to the susceptibility to Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), with women receiving the short end of the stick. The prevalence of obesity, diabetics and cardiovascular diseases – leading causes of mortality, morbidity, and disability – is high among women in Sri Lanka. This article examines the risk factors that make women more vulnerable to NCDs and discusses how Sri Lanka’s health policy can combat this issue to protect women.
While Sri Lanka has been performing impressively with regard to human development, especially in terms of health and education, there are still a few major concerns that need urgent attention. This article by Wimal Nanayakkara examines the ways in which these concerns can be addressed to achieve better levels of human development and living standards.
On World No Tobacco Day, this article by G. D. Dayaratne examines the negative health issues caused by smoking, as well its impact on productivity levels of the workforce. In this context, the article discusses the effectiveness of measures taken to reduce the demand for tobacco by certain countries, including Sri Lanka.
April 07 marks the World Health Day, with a focus on depression. This article by Samanthi Bandara examines the prevalence of depression in Sri Lanka, the economic and social costs of depression and how to tackle this growing problem.