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“Omicron Facts & Fiction” Medical Webinar Hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation Medical, Los Angeles, USA

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“OMICRON FACTS AND FICTION”

Date- Sunday, January 30th, 9.00am,(PST)-12.00PM (EST)- USA
Date- Sunday, January 30th, 5.00pm- UK
Date- Sunday, January 30th, 10.30pm- Sri Lanka
Date- Monday, January 31st, 4.00am (ACT)

Moderator- Dr Dineshi Liyanage M.D
President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association North America- Western Region.
Dr Dineshi Liyanage is a Palliative Medicine physician in private practice at Community Medical Centres and St. Agnes Medical Centre in Fresno. She attended medical college and completed a Family Medicine residency along with a Palliative Care fellowship at McGill University in Montreal Canada. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at St Agnes Medical Center. President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association North America- Western Region.

Panel of Speakers:

Prof. Deepthi Jayasekera, M.D, FACP, M-IDSA-USA
Topic:”Omicron Outpatient Treatment Guidelines”
The Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US, Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital
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Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG-USA
Topic:”Testing Quarantine Protocols”
Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital

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FOUNDERS, ABC SCHOOL OF EARLY LEARNING in Sri Lanka

AYOMA FERNANDO, ADHIRUPINI TYAGARAJAH AND SURANGIE MUNAWEERA

“When women work together, it’s a bond unlike any other,” Victoria Principal.

For this week’s edition of She Can, I thought of featuring three inspirational women, instead of one; They Can! This trio have dedicated their lives to not just establishing and managing a successful business in the education sector, but also continues to work towards empowering women and underprivileged children in Sri Lanka. They are the perfect example of women being able to do it all; wives, mothers, successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists! Each of them bring an enormous dose of knowledge to the table, and one conversation with them leaves you yearning for more. They are kind, compassionate, warm and gentle, and they all have a very positive aura, that instantly puts you at ease when in their presence. They are creative, innovative, diligent and diplomatic power women with magnetic personalities; Ayoma Fernando, Adhirupini Tyagarajah and Surangie Munaweera.

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Program launched to provide water to the needy

The MoU was signed by Nanda Abeywickrama, Chairman I/D/E/A/S and Dr Tanuja Ariyananda, Chief Executive Officer LRWHF on behalf of their respective organizations.

Initiatives in Development of Entrepreneur Approaches and Strategies (I/D/E/A/S) and Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for a period of three (3) years to collaborate in providing financial and technical assistance to supply drinking water to water stressed households in selected areas of Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by Nanda Abeywickrama, Chairman I/D/E/A/S and Dr Tanuja Ariyananda, Chief Executive Officer LRWHF on behalf of their respective organisations. The signing took place on December 12 at the LRWHF offices located at New Parliament Road, Pelawatte, Battaramulla.

Initiatives in Development of Entrepreneur Approaches and Strategies (I/D/E/A/S) is a non-profit company launched in April 1996 dedicated to promoting socio-economic growth through entrepreneurship, empowerment and community-led development projects. It extends technical and (completely collateral- and interest-free) financial support to micro and small enterprises, youth, women, the differently-abled and the disadvantaged. In addition to entrepreneur development projects, IDEAS offers outright grants to critical and highly-deserving community initiatives such as LRWHF and Biodiversity Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT).



Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) is a Non-Governmental Social Service Organization established in 2007 with the aim of promoting the use of rainwater harvesting to satisfy and sustain people’s water needs. I/D/E/A/S and LRWHF have collaborated since 2017 in a thematic and institutional partnership focused on supporting the efforts of LRWHF to construct and hand over rainwater harvesting tanks to households with family members afflicted with CKDu in the Northern, North Central, North Western and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka as well as to hospitals caring for CKDu affected patients (see photos).

The new Memorandum of Understanding reflects the commitment of the two parties to formalise and strengthen this collaboration whereby I/D/E/A/S will provide assistance in the form of grants and interest-free loans to selected water stressed households in Sri Lanka for the installation of rainwater harvesting systems, while LRWHF will act as the Executing Agency to administer these grants and loans, taking responsibility for the installation, monitoring, servicing and repair of facilities, and to train beneficiary households in the operation and maintenance of these systems.

I/D/E/A/S has pledged up to Rupees Three Million (Rs 3,000,000) over the 3-year duration of this joint undertaking which will be used to provide financial support to eligible individual households for the installation of rainwater harvesting tanks on a Grant cum Interest-free Loan basis. The outright grant would cover approximately 60% of the cost of each household tank with the balance being covered by the loan component, ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000, recoverable over a period of thirty (30) months commencing with the commissioning of each tank. Eligible beneficiaries will be identified through LRWHF’s extensive network and presence in several provinces and districts of Sri Lanka. Selection criteria will include factors such as distance to drinking water source, women headed households, number of young children, chronic kidney disease, disabled persons, and income level.

The partners to this agreement also intend to promote a scheme entitled “Well-Wishers” wherein individuals or organisations would volunteer to support and underwrite loan repayments of the neediest households and foster income generating and skills development activities among them.

Further information could be obtained by reaching Dr. Tanuja Ariyananda, CEO, LRWHF; Email: tanuja@sltnet.lk

Videos Attached, Giving life to the golden ideas of our youth – Derana STARTUP 2021, Launched

Concerning the national interest of fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among Sri Lanka’s youth, Derana STARTUP 2021, the much-needed entrepreneurial TV show is now ready to showcase the Top 30 competitors. Implemented in Sri Lanka through a tripartite partnership between YouLead, USAID’s youth skill development and entrepreneurship program together with the TV Derana network and a Jordanian nonprofit organization, Partners for Good, Derana STARTUP 2021 seek to create a culture of entrepreneurial job creators while promoting demand for entrepreneurship among youth across the island.

Addressing the need of the hour, statistics show that less than 5% of Sri Lankan youth who complete technical training advance to start their own business. This is partly because Sri Lankan youth are less inclined to pursue a path down the entrepreneurial avenue as a negative social perception exists towards youth who are seeking out to be an entrepreneur. Derana STARTUP 2021 seeks to break through this unfortunate stigma through an exciting and competitive TV program. By attracting youth to share what could be potentially groundbreaking ideas with the masses, a culture of entrepreneurship will be introduced to Sri Lanka. Working for the man is no longer what drives our youth, being your boss will become a reality through Derana STARTUP 2021 and youth unemployment will be an issue of years gone by.

Derana STARTUP 2021 is called out to all youth entrepreneurs below the age of 35 who have an innovative product or service with business operations not exceeding over 24 months under the entry categories of individual, group and school levels. Over 4000 applications were received representing a diverse applicant pool. The applications were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of industry professionals and academics based on several factors including but not limited to the level of innovativeness and creativity of the product or service, commercial viability, potential competitiveness, sustainability, employment generation, social acceptance and the potential to expand the business. The top 30 finalists were selected from four selection rounds and went through various training and development workshops. They were also assigned a successful industry leader as mentors to develop and guide their entrepreneurial journey. The top 30 finalists are now ready to present their entrepreneurial projects to the general public through the TV reality show Derana STARTUP 2021. The program telecasts on Saturday 9.30 PM, Sunday 8.30 AM on Ada Derana 24 Channel and Monday 11 AM on TV Derana starting from the 8th of January 2022. The LIVE online telecast will be broadcast on Saturday at 9.30 PM on Ada Derana 24 Youtube channel. The viewers can vote for the best entrepreneurial project through SMS. The winners get to take home a cash prize of LKR 4 Million.

Derana STARTUP 2021’s end goal is to use this innovative approach to support innovation, increase the outreach, change behaviors, perceptions and increase demand for entrepreneurship while creating a support network, mentoring culture and access to resources which will, in turn, provide the required support for youth to become innovative entrepreneurs. For more details on the program, interested parties may visit www.deranastartup.lk.

Project launched, click on the link below to watch the video:
https://www.facebook.com/deranastartup/videos/1124172221723924/

Watch the video of the first three contestants:
https://fb.watch/avTzyIBfNS/

For more information contact:
Natalie Samarasinghe-94 71 321 1138 or pas.samarasinghe@gmail.com
Keshini Wijegoonaratna- 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

Book Launch – Life Examined: Lessons in Buddhist Philosophy by Venerable Mahathera Madawela Punnaji

This wonderful book has been transcribed from five lectures on Buddhist philosophy. It follows on the heels of his successful book, Letting Go of ‘Self’: Lessons in Buddhist Psychology (June 2021, Amazon).

Life Examined: Lessons in Buddhist Philosophy reveals the pitfalls of an unexamined life and shows how a change in our philosophy of life can free us from suffering by:

• Exploring how human thinking evolved up to the present.

• Discovering how the Buddha’s thinking surpassed all human thought with an extraordinary view of life.

• Learning stepwise the meaning of truth, goodness, happiness, existence, and non-existence.

• Integrating and experiencing the above philosophical analyses into your life and verifying them in your own experience.

• Living an authentic life guided by the Buddha’s philosophy with confidence.

Book specifications:

Title: Life Examined: Lessons in Buddhist Philosophy
Size = 6” x 9”
Pages = 281
Format: Paperback (An eBook format is also available)
Price = US$ 7.04; CA$ 9:34; UK£ 5:85; Au$ 13.69; EUR€6.62… In the spirit of sharing the Dhamma for free, the price is the minimum set by Amazon with zero profit for the publisher.

Foreword:
Venerable Mahathera Madawla Seelawimala
Professor of Theravāda Buddhism
Institute of Buddhist Studies and Graduate Theological Union
(Affiliated with University of California, Berkeley).
Founder and Spiritual Director of the American Buddhist Seminary, Sacramento, California.

Introduction:
Martin A. Barroll, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Sociology (retired).
Request: Please distribute this announcement to your circle of friends.
With metta,
Mahendra Wijayasinghe, Ph.D.
Pure-mind Publishers
Edmonton, Alberta

Young Sri Lankan scientist’s research gains attention in the US

Sri Lankan born young scientist Dr. Gayani Senevirathne, who has excelled in the fields of Zoology and Molecular Biology brought pride to the country, since her latest research on finding an answer to a human abnormality had gained attention in the United States.

Dr. Senevirathne’s doctorate work discovered a gene in frog development that could be used to answer an abnormality that we can see in the axial column of human babies before birth. This work gained attention in United States and was published in a high-ranked journal called Proceedings of the National Sciences. Dr. Gayani Senevirathne is an exceptional scholar, who studied in the biological science stream for her G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination at Mahamaya Girls’ College, Kandy and entered the Science Faculty of the University of Peradeniya in 2009.

She received two Presidential awards and an award for the Best Science Research from Sri Lanka Research Institute for her research. However, she earned another award for academic excellence after several publications. After graduating with a First-class degree specializing in Zoology and Molecular Biology, she got a fellowship to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, which is ranked top 10 in the world.

She completed her PhD in 4 ½ years and joined Harvard University as a post doctor to understand how the pelvic girdle of the humans develop and diseases associated with it. The excellence in her academic career made her win the Helen Hay Whitney fellowship, a prestigious award, given to few of the well-recognized Nobel Laureates in the World. Her goal is to serve the country one day after returning to Sri Lanka by helping girls in science to achieve their dreams. Gayani’s greatest desire in her career life is to run her own laboratory, to build an environment where everyone is accepted, to empower females and minorities, and to address scientific research questions in vertebrate evolution using cutting-edge techniques.

Dr. Senevirathne’s father, Upul Senevirathne is an Assistant Commissioner of the Excise Department and her mother Bhagya Senevirathne is a research assistant in the water purification company, ‘CETEC’. Her brother, Ashan Senevirathne works as a Senior Engineer at the Testra company in Melbourne, Australia, whilst Gayani’s sister, Salani Senevirathne is currently reading for her undergraduate degree majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA after receiving the ‘Chancellor’s Award.’

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Video Attached!! Many from Across the Globe Attended the International Medical Webinar hosted by SLF, Medical, USA

On December 18th, 2021, Saturday night in the US, December 19th, Sunday morning in the UK and Sri Lanka, and Sunday afternoon in Australia, the Sri Lanka Foundation Medical hosted the International Medical Webinar to educate and bring awareness on “What We Need to Know About Omicron” to a global audience.

The program commenced with a welcome by the Sri Lanka Foundation staff, Achala Weerasinghe, the Director of Cultural Affairs & Director of Operations for the Academy of Performing Arts, followed by the Host, Keshini Wijegoonaratna, Director of Project Management & Public Relations, and Co-Host, Chamodh Amarasinghe, the Media Director.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the US, Mahinda Samarasinghe, one of the distinguished guests sent a recorded message as he could not attend. In his remarks he mentioned the value of these programs and thanked the Foundation for their continued effort to serve the communities worldwide. The Consul General for Los Angeles, Dr Lalith Chandradasa was also a distinguished guest and he continued to appreciate the Foundation for their valuable contribution to the global community.

Rodney Perera, the Chief Executive Officer of SLF outlined the vision of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe to initiate the Sri Lanka Foundation Medical platform to bring to the global Sri Lankan community timely topics of utmost importance. He also extended his gratitude to the Panel of Doctors for their dedication to prepare and bring awareness of the key facts and safety tips concerning the Omicron Variant. The Chief Operating Officer, Shirani Stanislaus officially introduced the speakers and handed over the webinar platform to Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, the Medical Director of SLF to lead the ensuing discussion.

This educational symposium was presented by a panel of Sri Lanka-born medical experts that have gained vast knowledge of the latest international scientific findings including mitigation measures of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The panel of doctors, in their respective presentations, illustrated the latest research, reviews, developing news and provided analysis of epidemiology, treatments, vaccines based on extensive data from across the world.

The Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara, MD, FACP, M-IDSA, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US, Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital, moderated the session to be very interactive among the panel of doctors during the Q & A Session.

The expert panel of speakers and topics were as follows:

Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG from US Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital presented “New Treatments and Options for all Covid Variants”.

Prof. Neelika Malavige MBBS (Col.), MRCP (UK), AFHEA, DPhil (Oxon), FRCP (Lond) Professor in the Department of Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Sri Lanka, Researcher at the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology Molecular and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has been selected as a member of the WHO technical advisory committee

on Covid-19, presented “Omicron Variant and how Sri Lanka is preparing for it”.

Prof. Suranjith Seneviratne from UK DPhil (Oxon), MBBS, MD, DPath, MRCPath, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPath, FCCP Professor and Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and Health Services Laboratories, London, UK Nawaloka Hospital Research and Education Foundation, Sri Lanka, presented “Covid Vaccine Effectiveness on Omicron”.

Prof. Sanjaya Senanayake FRACP, MAppEpid, MBBS, BSc (Med) Professor Infectious Diseases Physician and Director of Hospital at Canberra Hospital, Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School, as well as a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, presented, “How Australia is tackling Omicron”.

A large number of questions came in on the chatline from attendees in several different countries, which were all addressed by the panel. There were also many messages of appreciation from the global community that followed the discussion.

The program concluded with the vote of thanks presented by the Chief Operating Officer, Shirani Stanislaus with words of appreciation to the SLF Board & Staff and also the medical professionals for their exemplary presentations.

Viewers were also provided an introduction to the wide range of programs of Sri Lanka Foundation International USA, which include several ongoing relief projects in Sri Lanka, and dancing and drumming classes conducted by the US accredited (WASC-Western Association of Schools and Colleges) SLF Academy of Performing Arts, in person and online, starting January 23, 2022.

Click the link to watch the Video:
https://youtu.be/eDCbHT8MBc4

Please see below feedback received from the global audience:

Dear Madam, the session was very helpful and informative.
Dr Chamindi Ratnayake

Do you have a podcast of it.
Henry Wije

Thank You for the Information
Kanchana Samarasinghe

Hi Keshini,
Very informative and thankful.
Geetha Sil

A Very Good Presentation!
Lucky Rajasinghe

Dear Keshini,
Thank you for the useful presentation, can we receive a certificate of participation.
Dr Waruni Dharmapriya

Hi Keshini,
Very useful information by all the doctors. Thank you to the Sri Lanka Foundation.
Dr Lakshmi Moonesinghe

Thank you Foundation for giving this opportunity.
Dr Sujeewa Ratnayaka

What a wonderful webinar.
Raaj

Thank you Foundation.
Dr Mahendra Silva

Register Now!!!! SLF Medical, USA Bringing Outstanding Medical Professionals Around the Globe to Present, “What We Know About Omicron Variant” Webinar

STAY TUNED!! Webinar Coming Up Hosted By Sri Lanka Foundation Medical, USA in Collaboration with Highly Qualified Medical Professionals Across the Globe!

“WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OMICRON VARIANT”

Date and Time:

Saturday, December 18th, 8.00pm, USA, PST, 11.00pm, EST
Sunday, December 19th, 3.00pm, Australia, ACT
Sunday, December 19th, 9.30am, Sri Lanka
Sunday, December 19th, 4.00am, UK

Moderator/Presenter
Prof Deepthi Jayasekara, MD, FACP, M-IDSA, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US
Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital

Prof Suranjith Seneviratne from UK-Topic:“Covid Vaccine Effectiveness on Omicron”
DPhil(Oxon), MBBS, MD, DPath, MRCPath, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPath, FCCP
Professor and Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and Health Services Laboratories, London, UK
Nawaloka Hospital Research and Education Foundation, Sri Lanka


Prof Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG from US Topic:“New Treatment Options for all Covid Variants”
Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital.

Prof Sanjaya Senanayake FRACP, MAppEpid, MBBS, BSc (Med)from Australia
Topic:”How Australia is tackling Omicron”
Professor Infectious Diseases Physician and Director of Hospital at Canberra Hospital, Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School, as well as a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Prof Neelika Malavige MBBS (Col.), MRCP (UK), AFHEA, DPhil (Oxon), FRCP (Lond)From Sri Lanka Topic:”Omicron Variant and how Sri Lanka is preparing for a surge”
Professor in the Department of Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Sri Lanka,
Researcher at the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology Molecular and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has been selected as a member of the WHO technical advisory committee on Covid-19.

Please click the link below to register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p63pjNdsR0yzyr5SshQhVQ

For more information contact:
Keshini Wijegoonaratna, Director of Project Management & Public Relations
213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

U.S donates nearly 200,000 additional Pfizer vaccines to Sri Lanka

Nearly 200,000 additional Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses arrived in Sri Lanka today (December 02) as a donation from the United States.

This gift demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the United States to support Sri Lanka in the fight against COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.

“As the pandemic continues and new variants emerge, the United States continues to partner with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization to vaccinate as many people as possible and build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.”

The United States has now donated 2.6 million vaccines and over USD 17.9 million in emergency supplies and critical services to Sri Lanka.

Additionally, the U.S. Government’s Agency for International Development, USAID, is working in partnership with the Sri Lankan government to effectively distribute, administer, and safely transport these vaccines. U.S. assistance has reached millions of people in Sri Lanka to control the spread of COVID-19, address urgent health needs, and mitigate the pandemic’s negative economic impacts.

The United States has delivered more than 240 million COVID vaccines to over 100 countries free of charge as part of its commitment to donate more than 1.1 billion vaccines worldwide. These vaccine donations will save lives and help slow the spread of COVID-19. The United States is proud to work with Sri Lanka and countries around the world to end the pandemic and build back a better world.

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Ratmalana Audiology Centre; A yeoman service to change lives

In the context of a global pandemic, International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) will be celebrated on December 3 under the theme “Fighting for rights in the post-Covid era”. This year’s theme has been selected specially to look in to the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities during the time of the pandemic.

The Ratmalana Audiology Centre or fondly known as the RAC by its clients and the people in the area was set up 15 years ago to be the Centre of Excellence in Hearing and Speech therapy for the benefit of people with hearing, speech and educational difficulties. The RAC had been providing free hearing screening of newborn babies born in government hospitals. The objective of doing so is to detect early any hearing impairments faced by them and to intervene early for better results and impact. Thereby reducing the negative impact from undetected or late detected congenital hearing loss which could lead to significant language and academic delay in children. Further the RAC provides free hearing testing, speech therapy and special education services to all students at the Ceylon school for the Deaf and Blind Ratmalana.

The center specializes in helping manage hearing impairments in children and adults through amplification (hearing aids). Speech and language therapy services at RAC help children and adults with communication disabilities to overcome them and have shown promising results over the years. The Speech and Language Therapy services have been beneficial for people with communication difficulties such as; intellectual disability, persons with autism spectrum disorders, hearing impairment, stammering, various voice disorders, cerebral palsy, people with language or speech difficulties after a stroke, etc.

Special education services at Ratmalana Audiology Centre have helped many children who struggled to enter mainstream school setups or who struggled to keep up with the mainstream school settings, to manage easily and perform better in the school. RAC is well equipped with state-of-the-art testing laboratories and equipment and an experienced professional team of clinicians.

Connect with us today for information and appointments regarding Hearing, Speech and Special Education on 0773945945 or for FREE online pre-screening log on to www.giftofsound.lk Early detection of hearing and speech impairments can change lives.



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