Project Code


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Co - Researcher


Project Details


Project duration

Start: 1 December 2015
End: 31 March 2016


Project Status

Completed - 100%

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Publish date1 July 2020 09:52

Project Summary

To develop Health Intervention and Technology Assessment (HITA) capacity in member states, World Health Organization, South East Asia Regional Office (WHO SEARO) allocated funding for HITA capacity building in the region. Sri Lanka, together with Indonesia and Nepal, was selected to be a country case study. The project began in early 2015 and is part of WHO SEARO country case study with an aim to build up capacity in HITAs in Sri Lanka.

In response to the aim, a study on social costs of tobacco and/or alcohol in Sri Lanka is launched as a country demonstration project for HITA capacity development through hands-on experience. In the South-East Asian region, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been the most frequent cause of death. It also accounted for 65% of death in Sri Lanka in 2008. Among that, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a major illness causing NCD deaths. The health spending on CVDs exceeded 5 billion Sri Lankan Rupees in 2006. Additionally, the number of patients with smoking-related diseases is increasing in Sri Lanka. One of the challenges in conducting HITA in Sri Lanka is limited clinical evidences since the evidences are majorly available in more developed countries. Thailand also faced the same problem. To overcome this problem, adopting the data from relevant studies from other countries should be considered. As such, WHO SEARO commissioned the HITAP International Unit (HIU) to provide technical assistance in conducting an economic evaluation of the social costs of tobacco and alcohol in Sri Lanka.

Project’s Aims

The project aims to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka’s local HITA team in conduction an analysis of the social costs of tobacco and alcohol in Sri Lanka. The project also aims to build the capacity of local HITA agencies in conducting evaluations, analyses and assessments.

Project’s Output

  • Workshops
  • Mission reports
  • Documents