SLF Medical Director, Dr Deepthi to speak in a National Conference

National Conference on:
COVID-19: Impact, Mitigation, Opportunities and Building Resilience
Theme:” From Adversity to Serendipity”
Hosted by: National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka
Dates: 27th & 28th, 2021

The first day of the conference is Jan 27th, in Sri Lanka

The second day of the conference, 28th in Sri Lanka, 10.20am to 11.00am
Session 4- Plenary Presentation:
By the North America Speakers:
Canada time: 10.50pm on the 27thDr Dilantha Fernando/ Canada
US/California time: 8.50pm on the 27thDr Deepthi Jayasekera & Dr Iru Fernando/ US
UK time: 4.50am on the 28th -Dr Suranjith Seneviratna/ UK

The two day program:
Programme final NSF

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Video Attached! Another Successful Medical Webinar Hosted by AAUPOC in Collaboration with SLF

With the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic still spreading worldwide and the public health and economic crisis continues, the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Ottawa, Canada chapter in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Foundation, partnered with the two expert doctors, Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, Infectious Disease Specialist, Clinical Professor of Western University, in California, and Dr Dushyantha Jayaweera, Professor in Clinical Medicine of University of Miami, Florida, addressed essential issues in “New Covid Therapeutics and Vaccines” to bring awareness and to educate our communities on December 13th, 2020.

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada Hon.Sitara Khan was one of our special guests, and in her speech, she thanked the AAUPOC and the Sri Lanka Foundation for the selection of expert medical professionals to generate awareness of the Pandemic by organizing this Webinar, the other special guest was Dr Walter Jayasinghe, the Founder of the Sri Lanka Foundation, said, quote, ” it is great that we organize these webinars specially during this unprecedented times as in the past the medical subject has not been discussed, I encourage you all to organize similar academic webinars in the future”. Dr Nimal De Silva, the President of the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Ottawa Chapter shared the highlights of his organization and thanked everyone for the team work between the two organizations which led to the success of this webinar.

We had a large crowd of attendees globally to witness the very informative presentations delivered by the panel of doctor’s and they also were able to answer questions to give assurance in regards to the crucial and important questions that came through the live chatline.

The webinar video will be available on the AAUPOC & SLF Websites to those of you who missed watching the webinar.

Stay tuned for the upcoming webinars in 2021!

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Dr. Walter J is a father, brother, doctor, entrepreneur, patriot, artist, humanitarian and at his very core, a friend to all. With a lifetime of accomplishments and involvement across many fields and sciences, came the need to establish an online presence across social media to recognize all he has done, and continues to do. And so friends began work on a presence project, to create and manage internet resources and social media platforms for any and all to learn more about, and keep up with, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe.

We invite you to explore the new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website, Facebook page, YouTube page and Instagram page. Find one on one interviews with Dr. J on YouTube with stories from his early days as a physician, to stories of family and longtime friends. Follow the Dr. Walter Jayasinghe Facebook page for old photos and new updates, and to leave a message for Dr. J. Enjoy the brand new Dr. Walter Jayasinghe website for a brief biography on how he became the man he is today. Dr. J loves to hear from his friends and stay in touch with them, and looks forward to connecting with you on the following platforms now!

SL born doctor named Queensland’s Australian of the Year

Sri Lankan born Dr Dinesh Palipana founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia is named Queensland’s 2021 Australian of the Year, Brisbane Times reported.

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM is senior resident at the Gold Coast University Hospital, a recent law graduate as well as the doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby league team.

`Dr Palipana has built an international profile through his speeches with TEDx talks and has contributed immensely to spinal research in Australia.

He was named by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at a special presentation on Tuesday night, ahead of the national Australia Day awards in January.

“Dr Dinesh Palipana knows no barriers,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Tuesday night.

“He is a truly inspiring person and a much-deserved recipient of the Queensland Australian of the Year Award.”

Dr Palipana is the first quadriplegic medical graduate and medical intern in Queensland.

“As co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia, he helped create national policies for inclusivity in medical education and employment,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“He speaks, writes and advocates for the equitable treatment of people with a disability and has contributed significantly to the advancement of treating spinal cord injuries and restoring functions for people with paralysis.”

Dr Palipana was seriously injured in a car crash on Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge in 2010 that robbed him of the use of his legs and left him with limited use of his arms.

In 2019 he began research on equipment that could – in the future – help people with disabilities walk, or even ride a bike again.

Dr Palipana and fellow researchers are working on a BioSpine which reads brain patterns, bypasses the spine and sends sends electric signals to a patient’s legs.

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Can’t place country under lockdown until solution found for COVID-19: Prez

While saying that the behaviour of the people cannot be consistently determined by imposing curfew alone, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed it was impossible to place the country under lockdown until a feasible solution is found to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

He made these remarks at the launch of the ‘Stay Safe’ digital project finalized by a group of experts of the information and technology field.

The people must prepare themselves to go back to their usual routine while adhering to the health guidelines.

He also instructed the police to strictly implement the curfew in respective areas to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the President highlighted the importance of people’s maximum support in the endeavour to put an end to COVID-19. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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Indigenous medicine to boost immunity

An indigenous medicine was introduced to boost immunity of security officers, who are involved in the combat against the Covid-19 in the Kelaniya Division. The distribution of the medicine was held under the patronage of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana.

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“Rescue & Relief Financial Resources for those Impacted by” COVID-19

Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2020
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm PST

Main Topics:
Tax Relief Programs for 2021 by Franchise Tax Board
Statewide Employment Programs
SBA Loans By US Small Business Administration
Running Promotions through online marketing
Cares Act-Mortage Forbearance/ Credit
And other Financial Resources
Register Now in the link below!

New Cabinet paper to develop school curricula: Education Minister informs principals

A new cabinet paper will be presented seeking approval to modernise and develop the school curricula to meet contemporary conditions and requirements, Education Minister Professor G.L.Peiris informed a group of school principals on Thursday.

At a meeting held with the principals of several leading schools at the Education Ministry, Minister Peiris said the development of children’s analytical knowledge and critical thinking was paramount.

Terming education as an expedition, the Minister said the opportunities and room available for the children to expand in the existing education system was minimal.

“Therefore, it is vital to shape the educational structure in a way that can enhance the children’s keenness and spirit. This should be done with the input of everyone. A broader discussion will be taken place at district level across the country in respect of the development of the curricula, prior to the ministry making a final decision. The opinions and views of the teachers, parents, past pupils organisations, civil societies and religious organisations were vital in this process. A future decision will be taken after thoroughly studying all these aspects,” the minister said.

The ministry in a statement said the principals who were present at the meeting briefed the minister on the possible changes that should be made in the education field.

The minister invited the principals to put forward ideas on restructuring the curricula to represent novel employment opportunities.

The issues which have arisen from having no text books for the Advanced Level classes and how to conduct career guidance in an effective manner were also discussed.

The contribution which the leading schools in the country could make in uplifting the standards at schools across the country was also discussed and the ministry said Minister Peiris requested the principals presented to extend their cooperation in this regard.
By Lahiru Pothmulla

DCS to conduct survey on economic impact of COVID-19

The Census and Statistics Department (DCS) will conduct a countrywide survey on the economic impact of COVID-19 with the participation of 20,000 large, medium and micro level businesses, industries and other commercial ventures in the private sector.

The online national survey launched yesterday will end on July20.

Participants are required to provide information online as to how their business or industry, employees, production, export or import, availability of raw material, market share of their product etc affected by the COVID-19.

DCS Director General Dr. I.R.Bandara told the media that the COVID 19 pandemic has affected various economic activities in Sri Lanka in varying degrees depending on the nature and structure of those businesses. Some parts of the country were completely locked down for more than 2 months and as a result, enterprise struggled hard to survive with their businesses.

Mr. Bandara said the date and statistics gathered and analyzed by the DSC will be used to rebuild then economy in the post Covid 19 period as millions of employees havefaced a severe threat of losing their jobs. Considering the hardships experienced by the people, the government took immediate relief measures to both the enterprises and the employees to mitigate the severity of the impact. DCS welcomes the enterprises willing to participate in the survey, through the following link. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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Save the Date! Medical Pathways to Success by SLYO

SLYO ( Sri Lankan Youth Organization) will be hosting a virtual info session on July 5th, 2020 to any of our Sri Lankan pre-meds or any of you who are interested in pursuing medical school in the U.S. Come talk to some of your Sri Lankan mates who have either completed medical school or who are currently in medical school to get any advice or help with your application.If interested, please send you RSVP responses to the following email address. or