Hands on Development
Sri Lanka is known to have one of the world’s earliest healthcare systems delivering both western and traditional systems of medicine, especially Ayurvedic. It has achieved a commendable health status for the vast majority thanks to social policies including universal free healthcare and education adopted by successive governments.
However, challenges do remain, which is where our medical interns can assist through our partnerships with government funded hospitals.
Together we aim towards:
1. Cultural exchange.
The internship will create a platform for cultural exchange, with volunteers learning from local staff as well as sharing their experiences with one another. We facilitate platforms where volunteers, local doctors and medical practitioners can share best practices through workshops, in-house seminars or informal exchanges.
2. Improved access to basic health care for disadvantaged groups.
Despite free universal healthcare in Sri Lanka, some disadvantaged groups are still unable to access hospitals. We arrange monthly medical camps with the aim of offering basic medical check-ups and services closer to these groups.
3. Improved hygiene standards.
Poor sanitation can lead to a host of hygiene-related diseases and infections. We raise awareness about hygiene by organising activities in schools and villages, in order to prevent serious illness and improve the overall health of the population.