Capacity building in environmental and occupational health in Sri Lanka

Authors

  • Ananda R. Wickremasinghe MBBS, MPH, PhD,

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    1. Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Kelayniya, Sri Lanka
    • Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Kelayniya P.O. Box 6, Thalagolla Road, Ragama 11010, Sri Lanka.

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  • Roshini Peiris-John MBBS, PhD,

    1. Department of Physiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nuegoda, Sri Lanka
    2. Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland
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  • Sumal Nandasena MBBS, MSc, MD,

    1. Evaluation and Research Unit, National Institute of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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  • Elizabeth Delzell ScD,

    1. Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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    • Professor.

  • Meghan Tipre BDS, MSPH,

    1. Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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    • Graduate Research Assistant, DrPH (2012).

  • Nalini Sathiakumar MD, MSPH, DrPH

    1. Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
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  • Disclosure Statement: The authors report no conflicts of interests.

Abstract

Background

Although environmental and occupational health (EOH) research and services in Sri Lanka have a long history, policies related to EOH are outdated.

Methods

We review the International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) program in Sri Lanka that commenced in 2006 as a collaboration between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

Results

The program has trained over 20 scientists in conducting EOH research. New pioneering research in EOH was initiated. The program was instrumental in furthering the training and research in EOH by initiating a MPH degree program, the first in the country.

Conclusions

The program has established North–South, South–South and in-country collaborations between institutions and scientists, increasing the visibility of EOH in the future. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:1–10, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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