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Announcing the first WHO Global Health Histories Seminar with a WHO Country Office

Posted on 17 March 2016

CGHH are delighted to announce the forthcoming 96th WHO Global Health Histories Seminar, to be held in conjunction with the WHO Country Office in Sri Lanka, and in collaboration with the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL), on Wednesday 23 March 2016 in Colombo. This exciting event focuses on the Sri Lankan path to Universal Health Care and its implications for the Sustainable Development Goals. This will be the first country-based GHH seminar.

This seminar will be chaired by CGHH Director Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya, and Prof. R. Wickramasinghe, Professor in Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. The World Health Organization’s Global Health Histories project, established within the WHO headquarters and regional offices in 2004, is linked to the Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York. The annual WHO Global Health Histories seminar series, which forms an important part of the project, has been co-hosted in Geneva, Copenhagen and Cairo, by the World Health Organization and the University of York.

The Global Health Histories seminar series is a collaboration between the Division of Information, Evidence, Research & Innovation (DIR) at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, and the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH), which is part of the Department of History and a constituent member of Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Speakers in this seminar will address the challenges now facing Sri Lanka’s hitherto exemplary model of primary health care. The double disease burden of both chronic and communicable diseases that follows from Sri Lanka’s demographic and epidemiological transition threatens its ability to deliver universal health coverage through an affordable government health system. The seminar will also highlight, through a critical engagement with historical perspectives, the success of a good primary care model, its impact on contemporary national and international health, and wider developmental questions raised from within the United Nations frameworks.

Also speaking at this seminar are:

Dr. Susie Perera (Director, Organization & Development, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka): Primary Health Care and Universal Health Coverage in contemporary Sri Lanka.

Prof. Nick Day (Director of the Wellcome Trust –Mahidol University-Oxford University Tropical Medicine Research Programme, Thailand and the Wellcome Trust, UK): Antimicrobial drug resistance in the community: impact and implications for health care

Dr. Palitha Abeykoon (Chairman, National Authority Sri Lanka): The role of the public health professionals in achieving universal primary health care.

Dr. Sujatha Samarakoon, (Consultant Venereologist and Pubic Health Specialist): Strengthening primary health care through policies and strategies

The event will also host the South Asia launch of the book 'Health for All - The Journey to Universal Health Care'. You can download and read the book online for free here. For more information on the WHO GHH Seminar Series, or to watch recordings of earlier seminars in the series, please visit our website.