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    Ten most recent news items
    20 Jul 2017
    National Consultative Meeting to adopt the Country Diagnostic Study on Long-Term Care for Elders in Sri Lanka
    As a part of the key activities of the Country Diagnostic Study (CDS) on strengthening developing member countries’ capacity in elderly care, Institute for Health Policy (IHP) together with the Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare organized a one-day National Consultative Meeting to adopt the Country Diagnostic Study on Long-Term Care for Elders in Sri Lanka. It was held on 20th July 2017 at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. The National Consultative Meeting was held to disseminate the findings of the CDS on Long-Term Care for elderly to the stakeholders and to achieve consensus of the findings presented. Stakeholders from Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare, National Secretariat for Elders, Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, ADB, UN agencies, Academics, NGO’s and private sector LTC service providers took part in this meeting. LTCNC.jpg

    15 Jul 2017
    Dr. Abeykoon Contributes to the Publication on Ageing
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon, Senior Fellow was one of the Editors of the publication on Ageing in South East Asia and contributed the Chapter on Ageing in Thailand. It was published by ICOMP, Malaysia in April 2017. aging0717.jpg

    9 Feb 2017
    IHP hosts long term care for the elderly stakeholder meeting
    IHP, along with the Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare hosted a meeting for stakeholders in "long term care for the elderly" in Sri Lanka. Stakeholders consisted of officials from the Ministries of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Health and Nutrition and National Policies and Economic Affairs, UN agencies, academics, NGO's and private long term care providers. The meeting was meant to debrief stakeholders about the country diagnostic study, gather information of current long term care activities and research and obtain their input on the challenges that the country faces currently with regard to the provision of long term care for the elderly. ANHSS2017.jpg

    9 Dec 2016
    Dr. Reggie Perera delivers Key Note Address
    Dr. Reggie Perera delivered the keynote address at the Leadership Programme for Health System Managers of the Eastern Province on 8th & 9th December 2016, at the Auditorium of the office of the Regional Director of Health Services, Batticaloa. This is the first Provincial programme conducted by the MOH for capacity building of Senior Managers. His address consisted of two parts, theoretical aspects of leadership & his personal experiences of outstanding examples of leadership for health development. Pic shows him distributing CPD certificates for participants. reggiebat.jpg

    4 Oct 2016
    Dr. Abeykoon participates at the South-East Asian Seminar on Ageing
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon, Senior Fellow was invited to participate as a Resource Speaker at the Consultative Seminar on Population Ageing in South-East Asian countries held in Kuala Lumpur during 29-30, August 2016. Country presentations were made on Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and China. The seminar was organized by ICOMP and IPPF, Malaysia. atpl3.jpg

    1 Jun 2016
    Dr. Abeykoon attends the Pension Experts Meeting
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon participated at the 11th Pension Experts Meeting organized by the OECD Korea Policy Centre in Seoul during 26-27, May 2016. The main theme of the meeting was "sustainability of pension schemes". The participants comprised actuaries, economists and demographers from the countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Abey.jpg

    Dr. Abeykoon who is a member of the Editorial Board of the Asia-Pacific Population Journal also attended the Editorial Board Meeting on 24th May at UNESCAP, Bangkok.

    22 Mar 2016
    Dr. Dalpatadu inducted as the President College of Medical Administrators
    IHP Senior Fellow Dr. Shanti Dalpatadu was inducted as the President of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka at a ceremony held at the Kingsbury Hotel Colombo on 18 March 2016. Hon. D. M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs was the chief guest, while the senior medical administrator Dr George Fernando, who was the founder President and patron of the College was the guest of honour at the occasion.

    Having worked in the Ministry of Health for over 30 years in various capacities, Dr. Dalpatadu held the post of Deputy Director General of Health Services (Planning) for eight years till his early retirement in 2002. Thereafter, following a consultancy with the WHO SEARO office, he joined IHP, where he works up to now.

    Being a founding member of the College of medical Administrators, and its inaugural secretary, Dr. Dalpatadu in his induction speech took the audience down the annals of the College of Medical Administrators. Founded in 1992, the College from an initial membership of 46 has grown to over 200 by now. Dr. Dalpatadu identified establishment of post graduate courses as a key objective of the College, and noted that as at end December 2015, there were 224 Master's holders and 24 board certified consultant medical administrators in the country.

    On the topic of 'Building a Culture of Excellence in Medical Administration', Dr. Dalpatadu gave an elaborative account of the history of medical administration of Sri Lanka, starting from Dr Christopher Elliot's time in 1858. He named all the personalities who headed the Health Department from 1925 to date, while noting how the top designation changed from Principle Civil Medical Officer to Director Health Services in 1925, and to Director General of Health Services, 58 years later. Based on a study conducted among the retired medical administrators to find out the 'Excellent medical administrators, amongst their predecessors, contemporaries and subordinates', Dr. Dalpatadu identified former DGHS/ Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Joe Fernando as the topmost role model in medical administration in Sri Lanka.

    30 Nov 2015
    Dr. Rannan-Eliya makes a presentation at the International Conference on Maternal and Child Nutrition
    Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Director/ Fellow IHP, made a presentation entitled "Understanding the paradox of undernutrition in Sri Lanka - What does it tell us about what matters in Sri Lanka and South Asia?", at the International Conference on Maternal and Child Nutrition, held at the Kingsbury Hotel Colombo on 23 and 24 November 2015. This conference, which was jointly organized by the South Asian Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) and the UNICEF, was attended by over 130 local and 110 international delegates.

    Elaborating the Sri Lanka problem Dr. Rannan-Eliya identified stagnation of stunting levels since 2000 and regional disparities as special concerns. Recommending policy options for both Sri Lanka and South Asia, he emphasized that an effective undernutrition strategy must focus on family food insecurity with an expanded supplementary food intervention and specific targeting of poor as the practical options for Sri Lanka. He proposed that possible successes in the region, especially in Sri Lanka and Maldives could serve as benchmark for learning in rest of the region.

    22 Oct 2015
    Dr. Reggie Perera Guest of Honour at the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the "Gal Oya Nimna Clinical Association"
    Dr. Reggie Perera Guest of Honour at the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the "Gal Oya Nimna Clinical Association".The Clinical Society had been initiated by Dr KVC Janaka, the then Consultant Physician in 2008. Since then it has grown from strength to strength with an increasing range of regular academic activities for Continuing Professional Development of Medical Officers in the Galoya valley. Theme for the year 2015 was "towards clinical excellence", an inspired choice in the quest to ensure quality of patient care by the Physician members. The theme is also timely, given the emphasis on clinical excellence placed by the National Quality Assurance and Patient Safety programme. The Sessions were spread over four days of excellent content. GONCA.jpg

    The formal inauguration was held on 22nd October at the Monty Hotel, Ampara. It was a colourful and Solumn ceremony. Dr. Reggie Perera's Address was titled "Psycho Social support for Clinical Excellence". He highlighted the need for such support in the quest for Clinical Excellence. The presentation was based on the research study undertaken by IHP on Counselling Assistant / Officers of the then Ministries of Social Services and Child development & Women's Affairs.

    24 Sep 2015
    MoU between IHP and MoH will benefit both parties and the country
    IHP sings MOU with the Ministry of Health. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Executive Director IHP and Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Ministry of Health at the Ministry premises on 23 September 2015 is expected to promote technical partnership between the two agencies and benefit the ministry, IHP and the country alike. As per the MoU the DGHS is encouraged to make his recommendations to IHP on research priority areas of the country while IHP will report to the DGHS of its undertakings that may be of relevance to the partnership, giving the MoH an opportunity to identify the activities that it might wish to participate. Further, it allows a provision for the MoH to appoint a nominee to the Board of Management of IHP.

    The agreement, which will first trial run for one year, will cover only those pre-consented activities by the two parties. Among the activities on the pipe line for collaboration are the joint activity to develop indicators to benchmark Sri Lanka health system performance against the OECD health data indicators and the maintenance of the Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA), an activity IHP already performs.

    IHP's long standing association with the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka dates back to former's formative years, and includes research undertaken on behalf of as well as in-partnership with the latter. These include assistance extended in preparation of the Health Master Plan, finalization of the HE the President's Ten Year Development Plan (Health), Health Sector Public Expenditure Reviews and the costing of NCD Action Plan. Further, the wide international recognition and experience IHP have will benefit the new partnership. IHP's current portfolio in the international sphere includes chairing of the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems (ANHSS) and the partnerships it has established with the OECD Korea Center, GFTAM and the Government of Malaysia. The IHP, Harvard University, Malaysian Health Ministry joint collaboration in progress at present is envisaged to improve benchmarking of Malaysian health system by developing indicators to track performance against those measures in OECD health data, in turn is expected to influence future transformation of the Malaysian health system.

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