As the Sri Lankan population ages, the health sector should include chronic disease prevention through enhanced care for the elderly, and invest in a formal system of old age support.
The usage of alcohol and drugs, suicides, and teenage pregnancies are some of the significant consequences related to the mental health status of youth in Sri Lanka.
A new report prepared by the IPS and UNFPA titled, ‘Investing in the Demographic Dividend: Successes, Challenges and Way Forward for Sri Lanka’, launches at a special side event on the final day of the World Conference on Youth 2014 today. It suggests measures for Sri Lanka to get ready for a post-demographic dividend phase in the country, and makes recommendations on where critical investments need to be made. In this blog, IPS Research Economist Chatura Rodrigo (CR), lead author of the report gives Talking Economics (TE) a quick overview of the report and how its findings can be used in future policymaking.
Alcohol sales would have no doubt peaked during the last week or so, along with Avurudhu festivities across the country – rural and urban alike. The use of alcohol is embedded in the daily lives of many ordinary citizens in …
All health sector workers – doctors, nurses, midwives and other paramedics – share the responsibility for delivering good health services in government hospitals. Duties and roles of these professionals are intertwined. But more recently, this ‘healthy collaboration’ has come under increasing stress in Sri Lanka, with conflicts between the different actors crippling some critical aspects of patient care. This article takes a look at this, and argues that what the health sector needs is a more collaborative and less adversarial approach.