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Issues encountered in community health in Sri Lanka with special reference to Polpithigama rural village in North-Western province

Mapa Thilakarathna
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Mapa Thilakarathna: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Journal of Advances in Health and Medical Sciences, 2017, vol. 3, issue 3, 96-105

Abstract: Community Health remains substantially signi?icant in the Sri Lankan development sector as it concentrates much on community development for many decades. The objective of this study is to explore the existing issues of the rural community health sector, with special reference to a selected Grama Niladhari Division (GND) in North-Western province in Sri Lanka. Despite of the fact that community development projects have been much focused by the rural development, community health has not been suf?iciently developed by the national and regional development sectors. Having conducted a ?ield survey consisting of both qualitative in-depth interviews (10) and general questionnaire survey (50), this study can be concluded that majority of the subjects were not suf?iciently aware of their personal health and hygiene by the respective community health programs conducted in this area for many years. Though there were many rural development projects in this area for many years, community health issues of identifying their personal health matters, chronic diseases, reproductive health risks, and sexually transmitted diseases were not substantially addressed by the respective community development programs.

Keywords: Community health; Community development; Chronic diseases (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.20474/jahms-3.3.1

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