Why Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a land of ancient ruins and religious relics, palm-fringed beaches and colourful reefs, with a population of 21 million spread over a total land area of 25,000 square miles. With a GDP per capita income of USD 4,310 and an average growth rate in GDP of 3.1% in 2017, Sri Lanka is now classified as an upper-middle-income developing country. In 2017, the adult literacy rate of Sri Lanka’s population was 92.63%, which is above average by both regional and standards.
Sri Lanka has a long history of international engagement, as a founding member of the South Asian Association in Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the G77 and the Non-Aligned Movement. At number 73, Sri Lanka is the highest-ranked South Asian country on the 2017 Human Development Index.
“Sri Lanka possesses high standards of public healthcare delivery when compared to the WHO region of South East Asia.
Sri Lanka’s clinical investigators at the level of specialist consultants have all undergone mandatory training at centers of excellence overseas and possess internationally recognized qualifications.
Laboratories with international and local accreditation are available in Sri Lanka, namely Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics and Asiri and Hemas Laboratories respectively.
“Eight central Ethics Review Committees (ERC) accredited by the Ministry of Health, out of which three are accredited by WHO.
The Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake is served by all major airlines, and has now been complimented by two more international airports, Mattala in the South and Jaffna in the North.
Sri Lanka has strong intellectual property legislation and is a signatory to the TRIPS agreement.
Sri Lanka’s literacy rate of over 90% is much higher than other countries in the region.
Sri Lanka is witnessing a shift in the disease burden from communicable diseases to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).