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    24 Jun 2013
    Dr. Nilmini Wijemanne attends OECD Disease Expenditures Experts Meeting
    Dr. Nilmini Wijemanne, Research Associate IHP, participated in the OECD Disease Expenditures Experts Meeting, held at OECD headquarters in Paris on 12 June 2013, along with other experts from OECD countries and several other international organizations. Dr Wijemanne shared the work that IHP is doing in this area in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. There were further presentations from Japan, the Netherlands, Austria, the World Health Organization and IMS Health on work on analyzing health expenditures in the outpatient setting and pharmaceutical expenditures.

    Since 2007, the OECD Health Division has been conducting a project to improve methodologies to estimate expenditure by disease, age and gender under the System of Health Accounts (SHA) Framework. IHP has developed disease expenditure estimates as part of its routine work to compile Sri Lanka national health accounts, and continues to work on refining critical methodologies both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, focusing particularly on the challenges of analyzing pharmacy sales and outpatient treatment expenditures by disease.

    As part of this effort, IHP shared estimates from its Sri Lankan analyses with the OECD earlier this year. These data were used along with data from Canada, Finland, Korea and Sweden to produce models to estimate hospital expenditures by disease, which were presented and discussed at the meeting. These results are expected to help OECD in developing guidelines to assist other countries involved in similar exercises.

    3 May 2013
    IHP contributes to the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, 2011-2016
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon, Senior Fellow represented IHP as a Member of the Drafting Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the Sri Lanka National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, 2011-2016. The other drafting committees included the areas of Civil and Political Rights, Prevention of Torture, Labour Rights, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Rights of Women, Migrant Workers and Children. The collaborative efforts of these teams were responsible in bringing about the Report titled ‘Sri Lanka: National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, 2011-2016’. hr.jpg

    A Cabinet Sub-Committee has been set up to monitor the implementation of the Action Plan. It is being supported by a Monitoring Committee consisting of Senior Government Officials from across the sectors.

    3 May 2013
    Dr. Abeykoon presents paper on Sri Lanka achievements at UNFPA Bangkok Seminar
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon, Senior Fellow was invited as a country expert to present a paper on “Reproductive Health and Family Planning Programme in Sri Lanka” at an international seminar on Family Planning in Asia and the Pacific: Successes, Changing Needs and Challenges, jointly sponsored by the International Council on Management of Population Programmes and the UNFPA, held in 2010 in Thailand. His paper is now published in the publication titled “Family Planning in Asia and the Pacific: Addressing the Challenges” which was released in June, 2012. fp.jpg

    21 Apr 2013
    IHP presented research findings from two studies at the Private Health Sector Review
    Two back-to-back presentations on “Situation Analysis of the Private Health Sector” and “Quality of Health Services” were made by Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Fellow and Executive Director of the IHP at the World Bank organized Private Health Sector Review Discussions held at the Taj Samudra Hotel on 4 April 2013.

    The IHP presentation on “Situation Analysis of the Private Health Sector” highlighted that the health sector financing in Sri Lanka has reached an equilibrium, where both public and private sectors accounted for nearly equal share of spending on health. This has been the case since 1990 as per the IHP Sri Lanka Health Accounts Estimates. In 2012 the private sector accounted for 54% of the total health expenditure in the country where as the public sector’s share stood at 46%. The private sector’s contribution came mainly through out-of-pocket spending by people, which amounted to 81%.

    During the period 1990 to 2012, according to the IHP Sri Lanka Health Accounts Estimates, private health sector in Sri Lanka recorded a significant increase in relation to the number of hospitals, hospital beds and the high-tech equipment available. However, IHP study has shown that most of this development after 1990 has taken place in the Western Province resulting in more concentration of services and resources in this province compared to other provinces.

    The second study on “Quality of Health Services” revealed that the quality of care, as per the selected tracer conditions of quality, was mixed for the inpatient quality indicators. On the whole, performance as expected was similar between both sectors, as the physicians that service both sectors were generally the same.

    Dr. Shanti Dalpatadu, Dr. Nilmini Wijemanne, Ms. Janaki Jayanathan, Ms. Sarasi Amarasinghe and Dr. Prasanna Cooray from IHP also attended the event.

    19 Apr 2013
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon presents a paper at the Pension Experts Meeting
    Dr. A.T.P.L. Abeykoon, Senior Fellow at the IHP participated and presented a paper at the 7th Pension Experts Meeting in Asia/pacific Region held in Seoul, Korea from 20-21 November 2012. The meeting discussed the pension challenges faced by many countries. Examples were drawn from both the OECD and the Asia/Pacific region.

    Delegates shared their experiences and provided details of what has happened within their respective countries. Dr. Abeykoon's paper on "The Public Sector Pension Scheme and Population Ageing in Sri Lanka” indicated the need for some adjustments to pension expenditures in the light of population ageing in the future.

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