Members of the Task Force


Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa – President SLMA
Prof. Chandrika Wijeyaratne – Immediate Past President SLMA
Dr. Dilhar Samaraweera – Chairman
Dr. Udayangani Ramadasa – Convener
Dr. Sankha Randenikumara – Hony. Secretary
Dr. R.R.H Amarasena
Dr. Samanmali Sumanasena
Dr. C.M Asela Anthony
Dr. Uthpala Atygalla
Dr. Achala Balasuriya
Prof. Thashi Chang
 Dr. Chamali Aluwihare
Dr. Iranga De Silva
Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva
Prof. Priyanjali De Zoysa












Dr. Manoj Edirisooriya
Dr. Erandie Ediriweera
Dr. Carmel Fernandopulle
Dr Nilesh Fernandopulle
Dr. Gayani Gamage
Dr. WDI Shama Goonathilake
Dr. Kalyani Guruge
 Dr. Angela De Silva
Dr. T.D Hapuarachchi
Dr. Chinthaka Hathlahawatte
Dr. Manjula Hewageeganage
Dr. Harini Jagoda
Dr. KVC Janaka
Dr. Ruwanthi Jayasekera






Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe
Dr. Achala Jayatilake
Dr. N. Jeyakumaran
Dr. Panduka Karunanayake
Dr. Ravini De Silva Karunathilake
Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda
Dr. Manjula Kularathne
Dr. Hemantha Kumarihamy
Dr. Shiromi Maduwage
Dr. Rajan Mallawarachchi
Dr. Arjuna Marasinghe
Dr. Darrel Mathew
Dr. Susitha Mendis
Dr. Joseph Parthiepan
Dr. Gamini Pathirana
Prof. Antoinette Perera




Dr. Clifford Perera
Dr. L.W.D.S Perera
Dr. Suraj Perera
Dr. Gihan Piyasiri
Dr. Sanjeewa Rajapakse
Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya
Dr. Rohini Ranwala
Dr. Tyara Rathnayaka
Dr. Shyamalee Samaranayaka
Dr. Waruni Samaranayake
Dr. Dilma Siriwardana
Dr. Samanmali Sumanasena
Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran
Dr. Azmi Thaibudeen





Dr. Muditha Vidanapathirana
Dr. Gayani Walpola
Prof. Chandanie Wanigatunge
Dr. Sujeeva Weerasinghe
Dr. Buddika Widanagama
Dr. Lihini Wijeyaratne
Dr. Chamiska Kariyawasam
Dr. Himasha Meneripitiya
Ms. A.M Asoka Abeynayaka
Ms. Devika Banneheka
Mr. Samantha Liyanawaduge
Dr. MKDL Meegoda
Ms. M.H.C Peiris
Dr. Anula Ratnayake
Ms. Wajira Wijesinghe




Stakeholder meetings are held annually. Core group members meet up every 4th Wednesday of each month to discuss the work done and the future actions of the Task Force.

The Task Force has accomplished the following to date:

  • Formation of 4 separate working groups with a leader and convener for each group
  • The foundation has been laid to formulate an advocacy document for palliative care and End of Life Care. A working group has been appointed to look in to this.
  • The Task Force has formed 2 working groups to formulate guideline for adult palliative care and paediatric palliative care.
  • The legal issues in End of Life Care is another important area that the Task Force is focused on. The working group is headed by the additional solicitor general Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda.
  • A guest lecture was organized by the Palliative Care and End of Life Care Task Force on “End of Life Issues and A Good Death” at the SLMA auditorium. The speakers for the day were Dr. Tashi Chang Neurologist-National Hospital of Sri Lanka/ Senior Lecturer -University of Colombo and Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda president’s counsel additional solicitor general.
  • International experts Prof. Cyanthia Goh, Senior Consultant of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), Prof Ghauri Aggarwal, Head, Concord Centre for Palliative Care and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia and Mr. YAU Weng Wai programme director from the lien foundation Singapore joined us for the 2nd core group meeting. Since then they have become members of the volunteer group sharing their views and opinions.
  • A Letter was written to the DGHS requesting the Post-Graduate institute of Sri Lanka to develop a curriculum for MD programme in palliative Medicine.
  • The Palliative care and End of Life Care Task Force had a stall at the exhibition org by the Ceylon college of physicians to commemorate their 50th anniversary. It was planned to use the stall as a portal for public awareness which we intend to carry on in the coming years. The stall was a tremendous success. A symposium on palliative care was also held in parallel to the exhibition.
  • Symposium on Palliative Care in Sri Lanka was held at the SLMA sessions in July 2017. Dr. Udayangani Ramadasa, Dr. Suresh Kumar(India), and Mr. Yasantha Kodagoda addressed the gathering on “Challenges ahead” “Use of opioids” and “Ethical and legal aspects” respectively.
  • The Palliative & End of Life Care Task Force has commenced the process of formulating “Palliative care manual for management of non-cancer patients” which will be circulated among all medical professionals to assist them in their management of non-cancer patients