The Contribution of Medical Schools to National Health Development

The Contribution of Medical Schools to National Health Development

Report of a Commonwealth Workshop, Kandy, Sri Lanka, September 1982 You do not have access to this content

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Oct 1982
9781848593541 (PDF)
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  • Introduction

    The importance of close collaboration between medical schools and ministries of health, in order to meet the changing needs of the community and strengthen health care, has been repeatedly emphasised at meetings of Commonwealth Health Ministers in recent years. At their 1977 meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, Ministers recommended that medical schools should define their goals in relation to national health needs. In 1980, when they met in Arusha, Tanzania, Health Ministers further stressed the importance of orientating medical training towards community health issues and a team approach to primary health care, and considered that such orientation could be achieved only through appropriate revisions of curricula.

  • Inaugral Ceremony

    At the inaugural ceremony, after the lighting of the traditional oil lamp, the participants were welcomed by Professor B L Panditharatne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya. There followed addresses by Dr A Christodoulou, Secretary-General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Professor Sir Kenneth Stuart, Medical Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat. The Hon. Victor Tennekoon, Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, then addressed the meeting and declared the workshop open.

  • Report of the Workshop

    Professor Panabokke (Sri Lanka), in his discussion of the relationship between medical schools and ministries of health.

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