Maldives, Sri Lanka's immediate neighbour, enjoys close links
and relations with Sri Lanka. Today, IHP contributes to further
strengthening of those links and common understanding through
its work in support of more informed policy development in the
country, and by sharing IHP's own expertise, skills and research
capacity. With its rapid economic advances in the past two decades,
there have been dramatic transformations in Maldives's economic
and social sectors.
In the case of health, indicators have seen a dramatic improvement,
with life expectancy and child mortality rates now amongst the
lowest in the developing world, and akin to those in Sri Lanka.
This has been achieved by substantial expansions in healthcare
delivery, supported by significant increases in public investment
and living standards. Correspondingly, there has been a dramatic
change in the Maldives epidemiological burden, with communicable
diseases giving way to a mortality pattern dominated by non-communicable