EWBSL joined hands with InRC (International Research Centre) of University of Peradeniya, IFS Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Capacity Building Network (Cap-Net Lanka) and Wimalawansa Foundation to organize a Scientific and an Engineering Symposium on Chronic Kidney Diseases in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The chronic kidney disease initially emerged in the Anuradhapura district in Sri Lanka, about twenty years back, is now surfacing in other parts of the country affecting people of all ages irrespective of gender. WHO/ NSF assisted research projects have revealed that approximately 15% of the population in the North Central Province in Sri Lanka are suffering from kidney disease of multi factorial origin. This being one of the burning issues in Sri Lanka, the EWBSL thought of stepping forward to accomplish the initiation for the formulation of solutions for this issue and we introduced a Scientific and Engineering foundation to minimize this concern.
Professor Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc, who is an eminent scholar and a Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Physiology and Nutrition in New Jersey, USA delivered the keynote speech and likewise many resource personals presented their ideas, views and solutions in regards to this issue. Among the Resource personals present were Prof. O.A. Illeperuma, University of Peradeniya, Prof. Rohana Chandrajith, University of Peradeniya, Prof. A.M.S. Dhammika Menike Dissanayeke, University of Peradeinya, Prof. C.B. Dissanayake, IFS, Dr. Thanuja Ariyaratne, Rainwater Harvesting Forum, Dr. Nishantha Nanayakara, Kandy General Hospital, Dr. Upali Samarajeewa, International Consultant on Laboratory Accreditation and Food Safety, Dr. Sujithra Weragoda, Mr. Vasantha Ratnayake, and Mr. Sumanaweera, AGM (R&D), NWS & DB who were all keen on this issue and made a platform to minimize and mitigate this rising issue and this certainly was an eye opening event for some of the Governing bodies and certain Institutes. We hope to continue with the program and help more people in need by providing them with actionable solutions and assisting to raise their living standards.