Hansika completed her BSc in Biology and BA in Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick. With interest in both the fields of humanities and healthcare, and an ultimate goal of practicing medicine in the future and establishing a career in the world of NGOs, she is keen to expand her understanding of specific issues affecting the Global South. As a current first year graduate student in the Master of Arts in Development Studies program at York, Hansika's research will focus on access to healthcare within Sri Lanka and the effectiveness of its rural clinical care systems. She intends to conduct an ethnographic study in poverty-stricken regions of Sri Lanka, on the delivery of medical services and care to individuals specifically seeking treatment for Dengue Fever. Moreover, she wishes to identify any community actors responsible for activities related to care for Dengue Fever, whether through awareness campaigns, or care advocacy, etc. By addressing shortcomings of accessibility of healthcare and contributing to human development in Sri Lanka, Hansika is hopeful to perform impactful studies and gain a better understanding of the overall form and function of, and successes had within the field of development in the region.
Keywords: Healthcare; human development; Sri Lanka