World Health & Population

World Health & Population November -0001 : 0-0.doi:10.12927/whp..17536

Involving Communities in Public Health Practice

A.T. Ariyaratne

Abstract

Good health, as the Buddhist teachings emphasize, is the greatest blessing a person or community enjoys; however, it cannot be experienced without effort. In other words, this status has to be achieved by both individual and community endeavors.

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, Sri Lanka's largest, voluntary, non-governmental, development organization, subscribes to this belief - that good health is achieved through intense effort. The objective of the Sarvodaya view of life is health in mind and body. It depends on the individual and community - the psychological, social and physical worlds of a person. It binds human beings to each other, humans to flora and fauna, and humans to the very world in which they live. Sarvodaya, in its developmental strategy, adopts this holistic view of health.

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