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The Institute for Health Policy is an independent research institution, and a regional centre of excellence for health policy research, working on its own, in partnerships and with sponsors, to improve health and social systems in Sri Lanka and the wider region, by supporting, encouraging and informing policy change, through quality research, analysis and training. >> More...

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29 Mar 2020 - Dr Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Director IHP, in his article to the Sunday Times, shares five key facts we nee ...

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Covid-19 Cost benefit analysis supports much more aggressive testing than current MOH strategy

The lockdown (national curfews, work at home, school closures) plus MOH actively tracing contacts of foreign arrivals should work in controlling the current outbreak and could bring new cases down to zero within ten days. There are signs of that happening in the latest data. MOH's strategy will work in stopping the spread of the virus, but it is not sufficient, and it cannot be sustained. The economy is at a standstill, unemployment will rise, businesses will go bankrupt, living standards will fall, and the government has no revenue. We need to allow businesses and schools to re-open to restart normal life and to get the economy going. One proven way of getting the economy going is more aggressive testing in the community, more robust screening and restrictions at the airport, and continued quarantine, isolation and contact tracing measures offer the best combination to achieve the desired health goal at lowest cost to the economy. Read here for the full analysis and discussion.

childrenSri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2016

Regular tracking and reporting of health expenditure flows is vital to understand and monitor Sri Lanka's health system. The original Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA) system and Sri Lanka National Health Accounts (SLNHA) framework were designed by IHP staff, led by Ravi P. Rannan-Eliya, working under the direction of the Ministry of Health Management Development and Planning Unit and with the funding support of World Bank during 1998-1999. Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA) estimates describe how much the country spends on healthcare, and how this is spent and by whom, applying international definitions. We have released our new publication Sri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2016. Electronic version of this publication and other expenditure tables and figures are accessible at ihp.lk/slha.

ADBGrowing Old Before Becoming Rich: Challenges Of An Aging Population In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's population has largely stopped growing, and it is older and will age more rapidly than most other developing countries. Sri Lanka's critical problem is that it will grow old before it becomes rich. As Sri Lanka's population ages, the costs of looking after the needs of the elderly will increase and will translate into increased fiscal costs for government. Whilst social norms still largely ensure that the family looks after their own elderly, the numbers of elderly living alone are already increasing at a rapid pace. This trend is as fast as that experienced by Japan in the 1970s. Sri Lankan policy makers should learn from Japanese experience that this is likely to lead to rapid changes in future, and that a policy which assumes family will continue to bear the burden will increasingly not be realistic. >>Read more

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