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Improving Health Quality by Enhancing Health Communication

Posted on 7 August 2018

The 109th Global Health Histories seminar to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on the important subject of enhancing health communication

Communication is central to public health. Whether this is via public health campaigns or between medical professionals and patients, effective communication can play an influential role in improving health. On 14th September 2018 enhancing health communication will be the focus of the 109th Global Health Histories seminar, held at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

In this event the audience will hear presentations from Dr Rajitha Senaratne (Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka), Dr Darshi Thoradeniya (Visiting Lecturer,  Department of History, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka), Dr Anil Jasinghe (Director General of Health Services,  Sri Lanka), and Professor Kang-Kwong Luke (Professor and Chair, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). Chaired by Dr. Lakshmi C. Somatunga (Additional Secretary - Public Health, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka), the expert panel will analyse health promotion strategies, doctor-patient communications, and discuss the role of communication in helping to achieve Universal Health Coverage. There will then be time for discussion and Q&A with the audience.

The seminar aims to strengthen health communication by providing an opportunity to stoke discussion, exchange knowledge and share experiences. In looking forward to the seminar, Minister of Health Rajitha Senaratne endorsed the event as an ‘encouraging step to strengthen health communication’; ‘Let us create, promote, and curate evidence-based health literacy and communication tools and practice for health professionals’.

The Minister noted that ‘Clear communication between health professionals and patients are key to improving health and the quality of health care. ‘Instead of diseases, we need to put people and communities at the centre of health systems and empower them to take charge of their health rather than being passive recipients of health services’.

We hope to be able to make a recording of this seminar freely available on the CGHH YouTube channel shortly afterwards. In the meantime please stay tuned for updates and previews of the event.

For more infomration on the Global Health Histories Project, past and upcoming seminars, please visit the Global Health Histories homepage.