Gim Tan, MB BS, MRACMA, FACEM; Chula Goonasekera, MB BS, FCARCSI, MD, PhD, DCH, FRCP, MRCPCH, M Phil; Shane Curran, MB BS, B Med Sc, FACEM.
Emergency medicine in Sri Lanka: The inevitable evolution to a new specialty
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2008
© 2008 The Authors
Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 81–84, February 2008
How to Cite
Tan, G., Goonasekera, C. and Curran, S. (2008), Emergency medicine in Sri Lanka: The inevitable evolution to a new specialty. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 20: 81–84. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2007.01052.x
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2008
- Accepted 24 July 2007
- emergency medicine;
- health-care system;
- Sri Lanka;
Sri Lanka is a low-income country with a relatively advanced, equitable and accessible health-care system offered to its 20 million populations free of charge through a national pro-poor health policy. Its weaknesses in emergency services, however, surfaced in 2004 when it faced the Tsunami, the worst natural disaster of the world of the 21st century. Since then, the local health community with the assistance of the government and foreign aid agencies have embarked on a path to establish emergency services, improve its preparedness for disaster management and establishment of emergency medicine training. The present article traces this path and how it is evolving in the country.