Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka
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Perspectives: Reflecting on five decades of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sri Lanka

In her introduction to Perspectives (which I wrote for the United Nations Population Fund to mark 50 years of their work in Sri Lanka) Ritsu Nacken the County Representative for UNFPA Sri Lanka explains what the publication sets out to do: “This year, 2019, marks two important milestones in the field of reproductive health globally: 50 years … Continue reading

The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women
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The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women

Southern Province, Sri Lanka – Lochana is 10 years old. Every morning, he gets up and lights an incense stick, which he places in a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw parked outside the family home in Sri Lanka‘s coastal Southern Province.  The vehicle is a bright shade of pink and as the fragrant smoke fills the interior, Lochana says a … Continue reading

£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises
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£417k study to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises

Sitting among the members of a displaced community in Puttalam a few years ago, Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana found himself thinking about the ethical problems around health research. To get to this point – where he was able to meet people who had been driven out of their homes by the LTTE, had been displaced for … Continue reading

Sri Lanka: Ancient innovations combat water woes
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Sri Lanka: Ancient innovations combat water woes

Puhudiwula, Sri Lanka –  In the district of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, Puhudiwula is a village of abandoned wells. Though new and well-built, these wells can be found in every garden, costing around 100,000 rupees ($700) to build. The villagers, however, will not drink or even cook with the water, which they believe is driving … Continue reading

Highrise
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Highrise

Let me begin with this apartment, where a grocery store and six people are all crammed into 400 square feet in the Methsara Uyana high-rise. The people fit themselves around the groceries, which occupy all of the living room and most of the kitchen. Sleeping arrangements are flexible, and visitors and wet laundry must both … Continue reading