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Nurs Health Sci. 2007 Sep;9(3):228-33.

Health status, trends, and issues in Sri Lanka.

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  • 1Discipline of Nursing, JBI Research Unit, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.


It is widely recognized that better health is a prerequisite for the overall economic and social development of a nation. Sri Lanka, like many other countries experiencing the epidemiological transition, will have to make effective decisions on health-care service management and the development of education and training programs for health-care professionals. This paper provides a comprehensive review of current health service administration, health status, trends and issues, and health financing and resource allocation in Sri Lanka. The review revealed that Sri Lanka has achieved a relatively high health status given a low level of spending on its health-care services; however, Sri Lanka still experiences vital health problems in all stages of the life cycle, mainly related to lifestyle and the epidemiological transition associated with widespread societal and economic crises.

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