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PHM-Sri Lanka

People's Health Movement Sri Lanka (PHMSL) was launched in the year 2001. Dr.Vinya Ariyaratne, General Secretary of Sarvodaya, serves as the National Coordinator of the PHMSL.

PHMSL conducts monthly meetings at the Nagarodaya Centre, Colombo, with the representation and participation from various Districts of the country. PHMSL is an organization pays a keen interest in health rights and other health related activities, concerning on National Drugs Policy, and publishing Information, Education booklets and leaflets as and when necessary. PHMSL launched a HIV/AIDS Policy to protect the rights of the People Who Live with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and has held a few poster campaigns on health rights to create awareness among people.

It is our intention to establish more PHM groups at District level, enabling more and more organizations to join with our networking system to curtail travelling expenses and time consuming as well. A PHM group was formed recently, in Badulla with focal point of “Future in our Hands" and “Service Civil International” in Kandy District. Preliminary discussions were held with the "Uva-Wellassa Farmers’ Organization" as focal point to establish a PHM group in Monaragala District All these member organizations are having a past history of cordial relationship with the PHMSL continuously on representing at the monthly meetings in Colombo. In addition, from time to time, PHMSL has sent protest letters and demand letters to various organizations and we have strongly campaigned to include health rights in the Constitution of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.