Health and Human Development

Dying to Work?: Why Health and Safety in the Work Place is an Important Economic Issue for Sri Lanka

This week ten workers in Bangladesh lost their lives in a deadly fire at a garment factory, another in a series of incident ranging from building collapses to fires that have claimed over 1,500 lives in the past year alone. …

Why Public Private Partnerships Might be the Answer to Sri Lanka’s Struggling Health Care Sector

G.D. Dayaratne of the Health Economics Policy Unit of IPS writes a special feature article marking World Health Day (7th April). He argues that it is exceedingly important that the public dismisses the false notion that PPPs will lead to the privatization of the public health care delivery system. Public health authorities have a responsibility to reap the benefits from PPP arrangements, in order to reduce cost, share resources, provide quality assurance, and increase the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system without compromising on equity and fairness. Hence, institutional changes may be required in both the public and private sectors, to better fulfill their social mandate and provide quality health services to the people of the country.

Safeguarding Consumer Interests by Strengthening Food Safety in Sri Lanka

In this special feature article marking World Consumer Rights Day (15th March), RaveenEkanayake (Research Assistant – IPS) writes that with the growing incidence of food safety risks globally, Sri Lanka mustintroduce smarter and coherent regulation for imported food products to …

“Frankenfoods”: A Sri Lankan Perspective on the Inevitable Rise of Genetically Modified Foods

Sri Lanka banned the imports of Genetically Modified (GM) food in 2001, becoming the first country in the world to do so. However, in 2006, the government passed an Extra-Ordinary Gazette to the Food Act of 1980, allowing GM food importation and in 2011 the government passed a National Policy on Biosafety which covers the import of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), i.e., GM food or GM crops. But do we really know what is and isn’t GM? Should we be worried? How important is the GMO issue for Sri Lanka? This article attempts to answer these questions by discussing the present scenario of GMOs in Sri Lanka in the global context. Author Dilani Hirimuthugodage argues that neither the full-scale adoption nor the full-scale rejection of GMOs is a viable option.

Healthy Public Policies Begin with Health in All Policies

Health permeates all aspects of social life. This factor is now being recognized in public policies, with health increasingly being included as a key concern in all policies. Marking National Health Week, Samanthi Bandara explores the concept of Health in All Policies (HiAP) in the Sri Lankan context and stresses the need to do more.