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It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) of Sri Lanka. NIHS is the premier public health training institute of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. The origin of the institution dates back to 1st July 1926, when the first Health Unit of South East Asian Region was opened in Kalutara. From the inception, the institution was responsible for training & development of health manpower for Primary Health Care (PHC) Program of the country. Since the early stages of establishment, NIHS has been involved in training of health manpower to regional countries as well. In addition to its primary mandate of training, NIHS is responsible to provide the primary health care services to the communities of field practice area which extend over 136 km2 with a population of about 300000. Staff of the field practice area plays a dual role of service provision and facilitation of hands on experience at field for different categories of trainees.
The total staff exceeding 300 personnel of different categories is dedicated to the mission of our institute: that is to train and develop competent, independent and interdependent public health work force for service delivery to gain millennium development goals at national level.
Development of a website is a long felt need of the NIHS. I greatly appreciate the assistance rendered by World Health Organization to fulfill this need. I hope the information available in this website will be useful to make aware NIHS and its activities in a nutshell. I strongly believe that this website will act as a portal to both local and international community in realizing our dream of becoming the centre of excellence in Public health Training and Field Research.
I look forward your comments and suggestions to further improvement of our web site.
Dr. L.T Gamlath,
National Institute of Health Sciences
Ministry of Health