Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne takes a holistic view to provide health care during crisis

A champion for children, environment and peace, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, who leads the largest grassroots development organization in Sri Lanka, visits the University of Wisconsin-Madison July 7-14 to teach, meet university and community colleagues and share his work through public lectures.

Ariyaratne is General Secretary of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, which has received international acclaim for its holistic approach to development, humanitarian efforts and empowerment strategies. His visit is sponsored through a Visiting Scholar Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute. The awards encourage collaboration between UW-Madison faculty and staff and international colleagues.

“Dr. Ariyaratne’s visit highlights the importance and challenges of providing health care during political turmoil, which is relevant in many parts of the world today,” said Sweta Shrestha, GHI education programs associate. “We can’t take political stability and government commitment to health care as a given. We need to be prepared to have a discourse on the provision of emergency, long term and mental health care in times when there is no government or when systems are failing.”

Public Talk Videos:

“Peace, Empowerment and Sustainable Development,” July 7, 2014 at Union South.

“Community Health Amid Violent Conflict: Lessons from Sri Lanka,” July 11, 2014 at Ingraham Hall. Talk sponsored by South Asia Summer Language Institute.


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