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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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          Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening

         Asia-Pacific Health Economics Network (APHEN)

         Asia-Pacific NHA Network (APNHAN)

         Global Network for Health Equity (GNHE)


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30 Nov 2015 - Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya, Director/ Fellow IHP, made a presentation entitled 'Understanding the paradox'...

22 Oct 2015 - Dr. Reggie Perera Guest of Honour at the 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Gal Oya Nimna Clinical...

24 Sep 2015 - IHP sings MOU with the Ministry of Health. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Ravi Rannan ...


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Dec 2015 - Implementing pro-poor universal health coverage ...

Nov 2015 - Sri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2014 ...


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IHP signs MoU with MoH Sri Lanka

IHP, on 23 September 2015, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka. This MoU will promote technical partnership between the two agencies, while providing a framework for a more systematic partnership and ensuring more effective and transparent collaboration. It will cover only those activities agreed upon by the two parties and will be treated as a pilot project for one year. As per the specifications of the memorandum, 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. DGHS will also recommend IHP on research priority areas, which is expected to benefit both the ministry as well as the country. Further, it allows a provision for the MoH to appoint a nominee to the Board of Management of IHP.

childrenSri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2014

"Sri Lanka Health Accounts: National Health Expenditure 1990-2014", presents the latest estimates of health spending from Sri Lanka Health Accounts (SLHA), which have been developed by IHP experts over many years to be fully compatible with international standards for reporting of health expenditure. In 2015, IHP updated the SLHA to ensure compliance with the new version of the standard, the System of Health Accounts 2011 (SHA 2011). Until such time that SHA 2011 is widely adopted, IHP will continue to release estimates in all three available formats - Sri Lankan NHA (SLNHA), SHA 1.0 and SHA 2011. Current health spending in 2013 was Rs. 258 billion, which was equivalent to 3.0% of GDP while Total Health Expenditure that includes capital investment was Rs. 285 billion, which was equivalent to 3.3% of GDP. The government directly financed 43% of current health spending, while 56% was financed by private sources, and 1% by donor agencies. Provisional estimate of current health spending in 2014 was Rs. 289 billion, which was equivalent to 3.0% of GDP.

Asia Regional Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening an Sustainable Financing-The Challenge of UHC

The 2015 Asia Regional Flagship Course under the theme "Health Systems Strengthening and Sustainable Financing - The Challenge of Universal Health Coverage" was held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo from 20-25 April 2015. IHP, through the provision of logistical support, partnered in the conduct of the course, which was organized by the Asia Network for Capacity Building in Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS). This annual event, customized for the health sector managers from the countries in the Asia Pacific region was co-sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank.

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