Nimal Attanayake

PhD (London), DLSHTM (London) MA (Delhi) BSc (Colombo)

Professor (At present attached to the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University as Visiting Professor of Health Economics)

Contact Details
+679 8636349 (Fiji number)

Current Teachings
Health Economics
Research Methods
Comparative Economic Systems

Research Interests
Health care evaluation
Health financing
Economics of malaria control
Health and poverty


Attanayake N., Jayatissa R. and Hossain M. (2012) An investigation into tackling of undernutrition amongst young children by resource poor households in selected MOH areas of Nuwara Eliya and Monaragala districts. Colombo: UNICEF.

Fernando S.D., Karunaweera N.D., Fernando W.P., Attanayake N. and Wikramasinghe A.R. (2004) A cost analysis of the use of the rapid, whole-blood, immunochromatographic P.f / P.v assey for the diagnosis of Plasmodium vivax malaria in a rural area of Sri Lanka . Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology 98 (1), 5-13.

Attanayake N. and Siyambalagoda L. (2003) An inquiry into the regulation  of  pharmaceuticals and medical practice in Sri Lanka. Working Paper 05-03, Health Economics and Financing Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London.

Attanayake N. (2001). An assessment of the effectiveness of health services decentralisation in Sri Lanka. In Imrana Quadeer, Kasturi Sen and K.R.Nayar (ed.) Health and the Poverty of Reforms: The South Asian predicament. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Attanayake N. and Jack Bagriansky (2009) Economic analysis of staple food fortification in Sri Lanka - An illustration of wheat flour fortification, In collaboration with Medical Research Institute, Colombo, Flour Fortification Initiative, Bangkok and Sydney West Area Health Services.

Attanayake N. (1999). An assessment of cost-effectiveness of malaria control measures in Solomon Islands: a case study in Gaudalcanal and Makira Ulawa Provinces. Paper submitted to the Human Development Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank.

Attanayake N. (2008) An assessment of the cost of upgrading sub-health posts in Nepal. Kathmandu: United Nations Population Fund.

Attanayake N. (2008) Equity, efficiency and quality of selected health care services. A background paper for the Annual Health Forum, 2007, sponsored by the World Bank. Colombo: Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition.

Mills A., Bennett S. and Russell S. with Attanayake N., Muraleedharan V.R.and Hongorgo C. (2001). The Challenge of Health Sector Reform: What must Governments do?. New York: Palgrave.


Attanayake N. (2005)  Economic cost of five common diseases in Sri Lanka: Asthma, Hypertension, Ischaemic heart disease, Diarrhoea and Viral fever. National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition. Colombo: World Health Organization.

Attanayake N., Fox-Rushby J. and Mills A. (2000). Household costs of ‘malaria’ morbidity: a study in Matale district, Sri Lanka. Tropical Medicine and International Health 5 (9), 595-606.

Arunatilake N. and Attanayake N. (2010) Equity in the delivery of public services in Sri Lanka. Manila: Asian Development Bank.

Gunawardana D.M.,.Wikramasinghe A.R,Muthuwatta L., Weerasinghe S., Rajakauna J.,Senanayake T., Kotta P.K., Attanayake N. Carter R. and Mendis K.N. (1998).Malaria risk factors in an endemic region in Sri Lanka, and the impact and cost implications of risk factor-based intervention. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 58 (5),533-54.

Russell S. and Attanayake N. (1997). Sri Lanka - reforming the health sector: does government have the capacity? The role of government in adjusting economies. Paper 14, Development Administration Group, The University of Birmingham.


Attanayake N., Fauveau V. and Chakraborty J.(1993). Cost-effectiveness of Matlab MCH-FP Project, Bangladesh. Health Policy and Planning 18 (4), 327-338.

Waddington C., Kello A.B., Wirakartakusumah D., Ganiarto K., Malik R., Maneno J., Thube C, Wangombe J., Attanayake N., de Silva U. and Ndeki S. (1989). Financial information at district level: experience from five countries. Health Policy and Planning 4 (3), 207-218.