The Government of Sri Lanka of including the Ministry of Health is committed towards a free health service with special emphasis placed on quality care. It has recognized the need for targeting chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD), in particular the rapidly increasing number of diabetics within the lower socio-economic strata.
NIROGI Lanka project is an initiative directed at the lay public at risk of developing diabetes (DM) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and persons already suffering from DM and its complications, living or working in the suburban and Metropolitan city of the district of Colombo or attending the state and private sector curative settings throughout Sri Lanka. This project was conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The project was funded by the World Diabetes Foundation and second health sector development project Ministry of health, with the aim of improving the quality of diabetes care and its delivery particularly in the lower socio-economic groups. Hence, this project fulfils the necessary criteria as a charitable project.
Fromm 2009-20015 , NIROGI Lanka project was funded by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), which is an independent and non-profit organization governed by the Danish Foundation Act. It has been established in 2002 with the vision to alleviate human suffering related to diabetes among those least able to withstand the burden of the disease. It has grown into a leading international funding agency supporting grassroots initiatives in the area of diabetes prevention and care to work in partnership, across sectorial boundaries and disciplines, at the global, regional, national and local levels, to ensure optimal health care delivery in low resource settings.
The main goal of NIROGI Lanka project was to improve the quality of diabetes care and to strengthen primary prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk in defined areas in Sri Lanka. To this end, the project aimed at improving the overall diabetes care through capacity building of medical and allied health professionals with special emphasis on self-care to improve diabetic foot care that would prevent limb loss; to reduce hospitalization for diabetes complications; to target at risk individuals in urban and suburban settings for screening; and to strengthen long-term follow up of diabetics and high-risk individuals including women with previous gestational diabetes. The project also aimed at establishing a low cost culturally appropriate health promotional model to empower people in suburban and highly urban Metropolitan areas towards healthy lifestyles by enhancing community participation through already existing networks of the formal sector (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Provincial Directorate of Health Services of the Western Province, Banking sector) and also the informal sector (community organizations, bank loan schemes) to strengthen primary prevention of diabetes and CVD risk.