Message from the Hon. Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Ranil Wickramasinghe
Prime Minister of
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Message from the Hon. Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) sources proclaim that, only one in ten people who need palliative Care is able to receive it and most palliative care is provided in high-income countries, yet almost 80% of the global need for Palliative care is in low-and middle- income countries.

As administrators and policy makers I believe that, it is our responsibility and duty to strengthen Palliative care in Sri Lanka by educating the healthcare professionals, community volunteers and members of the public on Palliative care and to integrate it to the National Health System. According to Buddhism, suffering is inherent to all human beings. Palliative Cate could benefit from Buddhism insights in the form of compassionate care and relating death to life, which will lead to improve quality of life for both patient and loved ones providing care.

Therefore I wish to commend and thank Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka for taking this initiative in promoting Palliative Care in Sri Lanka on a National Platform. Ranil Wickramasinghe Prime Minister of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka