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Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Health (8-16 Aug 10)

Sri Lanka

Sun, 08/08/2010 to Mon, 08/16/2010

International People’s Health University (IPHU) of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), Sarvodaya (on behalf of PHM-Sri Lanka) and Health Action International – Asia Pacific (HAI-AP) announce "THE STRUGGLE FOR HEALTH" a short training course from 8 to 16 August 2010 in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Announcement Brochure

Download Announcement Brochure in Sinhala (& Sinhala Font), Tamil (& Tamil Font) and English and distribute widely.


  • Application is closed
  • All applicants will be advised regarding the outcome of their applications.

Venue & Accommodation

  • The course will be held at: Sarvodaya. Address: "Damsak Mandira" 98, Rawatawatta Road, Moratuwa (18 KM from Colombo), Sri Lanka.
  • Accommodation will be reserved in Sarvodaya from 7 August till the night of 16 August 2010.


The course will be taught in SinhalaTamil and English with Simultaneous translation among the 3 languages.


Click here to view the program overview.

Fees & Scholarships

  • Registration fees*: USD 20
  • Tuition fees**: Free
  • Accommodation fees***: USD 300

* Mandatory - Cover all training materials; lunch and coffee breaks during the training days (LKR 2,000).
** Supported by the PHM-IPHU for all participants.
*** Fixed rate for subsidized accommodation in shared facilities (bed, breakfast and dinner).

  • A limited number of scholarships for travel and/or accommodation will be available for qualified applicants. Priority will be given to qualified applicants from Sri Lanka (outside Moratuwa) and neighboring countries.
  • PHM-IPHU scholarships do not cover visa fees, airport tax & travel insurance (if applicable), personal living expenses, per Diems, or local transportation in the home country.
  • Applicants should seek financial support from sponsors in their own countries in the first instance.


The IPHU short courses are to enable younger health activists to make new connections, share experiences and study together. They aim at strengthening the global network of people’s health activists.

Who is this course planned for?

  • Younger health activists and practitioners working on the issues of health, gender and human rights and particularly including those involved in the People’s Health Movement (PHM).
  • Applicants should have a university degree or equivalent.
  • Priority, with respect to enrolment, will be given to
    • Younger people motivated to get involved in PHM;
    • Primary health care and public health practitioners;
    • People with a track record as health activists within the PHM, in particular, people who have been actively involved in organizations which are part of the PHM
  • A total of 50 participants is expected.
  • The enrolment policy aims to achieve:
    • geographical mix including activists
    • gender balance
    • diversity of involvements: community based organizations, health care agencies, NGOs, universities, government officials, etc; and
    • diversity of skills, interests, experience and educational backgrounds.


The curriculum includes:

  • the struggle for health: challenges, strategy and practice, achievements and new directions;
  • working with communities and with grass roots people’s organizations;
  • social determinants of health: poverty, oppression and hierarchy; alienation and exclusion; racism, sexism and materialism);
  • comprehensive primary health care: achievements, challenges, lessons and new directions;
  • the political economy of health: imperialism and globalisation, the international financial institutions and the UN system; local issues and global pressures;
  • health system strengthening; the politics of health policy;
  • the right to health: principles, achievements and new directions;
  • people’s health and the environmental struggle;
  • research: part of the problem and part of the solution.

Approach to learning

  • Start with the struggle for health
  • Teach and learn in partnership
  • Knowledge is imbued with purpose
  • New ideas must be used
  • Activism is an ethical commitment
  • Learn new ways of being (as well as new facts and theories)
  • Refresh, enquire, research
  • Nurture leadership: judgment which inspires confidence; integrity which creates trust and the courage to take risks
  • Learn to listen to learn; learn to teach; teach to learn
  • Steer our own learning; grow the skills and habits of life long learning
  • Build our community of activists
  • Stay with the struggle for health

The course will involve: pre-reading & exercises; lectures, small group discussions, debates, workshops and follow up study.  Resource materials will take the form of hard copy readings, lecture notes and websites.


Faculty members will be a mix between high-profile academic personnel and health activists of a sound experience, in addition to a number of PHM resource persons, from the region as well as PHM-Global.


For inquiries, please contact the IPHU-Moratuwa Organizing Team at: iphu-organizers[at]