Health status, trends, and issues in Sri Lanka

Rasika S. Jayasekara, Tim Schultz

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-233
Number of pages6
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemiology
  • Health financing
  • Health services
  • Health trends
  • Sri Lanka


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