Political Economy Analysis Crucial to Develop Effective Public Health Strategies – Sunimalee Madurawala

14 December 2021

Analysing the political economy is crucial to develop more effective public health strategies in the Sri Lankan context, IPS researcher Sunimalee Madurawala noted. She was speaking at the 2021 Global Food Governance Conference hosted by the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments of Georgetown University Law Center, Charles Perkins Centre of the University of Sydney, and The George Institute for Global Health.

Sunimalee’s presentation was on ‘Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets: The Political Economy Setting in Sri Lanka’ at the session on ‘Front-of-pack Labelling Initiatives’. She discussed emerging findings from the study ‘Strengthening Fiscal Policies and Regulations to Promote Healthy Diets in Sri Lanka’, funded by the International Development Research Centre.

Sunimalee emphasised the need for a more holistic and cohesive approach to develop policies which aim to address the noncommunicable diseases (NCD) challenge and promote healthy dietary patterns in Sri Lanka.

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