Sri Lanka: Country Profile
Lanka is a relatively well-developed country, which already meets several
of the goals laid down by the International Conference on Population and
Development (ICPD). The Sri Lankan Government has invested heavily in
health care. Thus, thanks to concerted efforts both by the government
and NGOs, the country has been able to limit population growth, which
is now down to below one per cent. Moreover, over 90 per cent of the population
are literate, life expectancy is high (69,9 years for men and 75,9 years
for women) and as many as 93 per cent have access to basic health care.
The maternal mortality rate is also low, with 94 per cent of births attended
to by trained personnel.
Notwithstanding these impressive achievements, a considerable portion
of Sri Lanka’s population is not sufficiently reached by the government’s
programmes, namely young people and adolescents.