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Author: Soma Hewa
Publication title: Sri Lanka’s Health Unit Program: A Model of “Selective” Primary Health Care
Publication type: Journal Article
Volume: 10
Issue: 2
Article No.: 2
Language: English
Abstract: This paper argues that the health unit program developed in Sri Lanka in the early twentieth century was an earlier model of selective primary health care promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1980s in opposition to comprehensive primary health care advocated by the Alma-Ata Declaration of the World Health Organization. A key strategy of the health unit program was to identify the most common and serious infectious diseases in each health unit area and control them through improved sanitation, health education, immunization and treatment with the help of local communities. The health unit program was later introduced to other countries in South and Southeast Asia as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s global campaign to promote public health.
Keywords: Selective Primary Care, Comprehensive Primary Care, Alma-Ata Declaration, Sri Lanka
Publisher: Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
Year: 2011
Available: 2011-12-19
No. of pages: 27
Pages: 7-33
Journal: Hygiea Internationalis : An Interdisciplinary Journal for the History of Public Health
ISSN (print): 1403-8668
ISSN (online): 1404-4013

Hewa, Soma (2011). Sri Lanka’s Health Unit Program: A Model of “Selective” Primary Health Care. ()