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A Diabetes Forum for the Sri Lankan health community

:: Background

:: Aim of the forum

:: objectives

:: Members

:: The Logo

:: Events


There is good evidence to show that effective management of diabetes and blood pressure can prevent complications and increase life expectancy. The foundation of effective chronic disease management and the framework for effective cost reduction is through flexible and local guided self management. Implementation of this type of patient centred local care will necessitate a paradigm shift in care delivery for people with diabetes with a move away from secondary care focused services to more flexible locally delivered alternatives. This has already occurred in developed countries but is not yet seen in Sri Lanka. Effective implementation of a locally delivered diabetes services will require significant skills transfer from developed countries to health professionals working in developing countries. Transfer and maintenance of these skills will necessitate training programmes which are likely to be delivered by specialist healthcare staff.

There are many formal and informal schemes for such skill transfer in existence. These include local implementation committees and informal educational groups funded by Pharmaceutical companies, Universities, local diabetes services and more recently the WDF project.

We have developed a forum to have informal discussions with a view to exchanging ideas, skills and knowledge to improve local services.
The aim of the proposed forum is to help people with diabetes achieve a healthier and more productive life by sharing knowledge and promoting better diabetes care. The informal forum will create and sustain effective working partnerships - by strengthening existing links and by encouraging new collaboration between individualsand organisations with expertise in diabetes and health care delivery.
The objectives are to
  1. Disseminate sound, up-to-date information on effective methods of diabetes care among patients, providers and local decision makers
  2. Educate health professionals in approaches to diabetes care which are economically and culturally responsive
  3. Help to develop key specialties - such as care of diabetic children; pregnancy; eye, kidney and foot care; vascular disease
  4. Support patient organisations - whether local or national - by providing practical help with infrastructure development and management methods
  5. Encourage local media/awareness campaigns
Members of Forum
Sri Lanka

Dr. Waruna Gunathilake. Physician, General Hospital, Colombo.
Dr. K R Dayawansa. Consultant Eye surgeon, Base Hospital, Navalapitiya.
Dr. Janaka Akaravita. Consultant Dermatologist, Chillaw, Anuradhapura Hospital.
Dr. Harendra Karunathilaka. Consultant Physician, Base Hospital Chillaw.
Dr. KCV Janaka. Consultant Physician, Base Hospital Ampara.
Dr. Ranjith Peiris, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Teaching Hospital, Kandy.
Dr. Palitha Rathnayake. Consultant Pathologist, Base Hospital, Badulla.
Dr. Nilupul Perera. Consultant Neurologist, Apollo Hospital, Colombo.
Dr. Chandrathilaka Yapa, Medical Officer of Health, Buttala/Wellawaya.
Ms Shyama, Health Educator / Diabetes Nurse – Base Hospital, Monaragala.

Media Team
  Mr. Sundara Nihathamani de Mel. Chief Editor, Sunday Lakbima.
Mr. Rajendra Kulasinghe. Chief Editor, Vidusara.
Mr. Chaminda Variyagoda, Features Editor, Rivira.
Mr. Asoka Dias. Station Manager, Sirasa/MTV.
Mr. Dasun Edirisinghe, Features Editor, The Island.
Ms Kumuduni Hettiarachchi, Features Editor. Sunday Times.
International Advisory Board
  Prof Devaka Fernando John Pease Diabetes Centre.
Prof George Thomson John Pease Diabetes Centre.
Sister Phyliss Bushby John Pease Diabetes Centre.
Dr Iskandar Idris John Pease Diabetes Centre.
The Logo

Logo designed by Dharshana Karunathilake (

  • Half a flower in the shape of a "D" for Diabetes with petals representing traditional Sri Lankan Art.
  • Flower denotes purity and softness.
  • Blue colour for a cool effect and medical identity.
Event 01 - Community Health Awareness Programme, Monaragala District General Hospital

Diabetes forum started its first community health awareness programme at the Auditorium of District General Hospital, Monaragala in Uva Wellassa Sri Lanka on 3rd Aug. 2007. more...