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Global Snapshots - Sri Lanka: social values mean good health care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0306208
  1. Arany Nerminathan, medical student intercalating in international health1
  1. 1University College London

In the second of two parts, international health students give an insight to the highs and lows of health around the world

Despite economic constraints, Sri Lanka has achieved impressive health indicators, comparable to those in developed countries, by placing high value on the right of each individual to health and education. Sri Lanka's traditional system of values has always been highly oriented to welfare, and the Buddhist ethos reinforces social egalitarianism and collective responsibility to help the poorest in society.1

Sri Lanka's political system has also supported the …

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