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Dr. Chamara Senaratna MBBS, MSc, MD
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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Telephone:
chamaravs@yahoo.com / chamaravs@sjp.ac.lk OVERVIEW
• Senior Lecturer in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri • Board-certified specialist in Community Medicine • Visiting lecturer, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo • Consultant Community Physician / Primary Care Physician with experience and skills in Community-based and Family-based health care • Visiting Academic and Research Fellow at Griffith University, Australia • Consultant to the International Organisation for Migration • Senior researcher with skills and experience in epidemiological research [both quantitative and qualitative research] and statistics • Member of the National Migration Health Task Force of the Ministry of Health • Resident Medical Officer (2001) and Intern Medical Officer (2000/2001), General • Trained in Advanced Clinical Epidemiology, Medical Statistics, Advanced Health Research Methods and Public Health Care Provision in Australia, Sweden, and Thailand • Experience and skills in public health and primary health care delivery • Experience in evaluating research projects submitted to Research Committees and Ethical Review Committees of Faculty of Medical Sciences / University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine / University of Colombo and research projects conducted by Non-governmental Organisations • Experience and skills in working in partnership with multidisciplinary teams /agencies, and funding agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations
CLI ICAL I TERESTS
• Primary Health Care, Geriatrics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Reproductive/Sexual
TEACHI G A D RESEARCH I TERESTS
• Epidemiology, Primary Health Care, Medical and Social Research Methodology, Reproductive Health, Migration Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Gerontology, Mental Health EMPLOYME T, EXPERIE CES A D COMMITME TS
Teaching and training

University of Sri Jayewardenepura: Senior Lecturer and examiner for MBBS, Human
Biology, BSc (Nursing), BSc (Medical Laboratory Sciences), and BPharmacy undergraduate programmes (2001 to date) • Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo: Visiting Lecturer and
trainer in Community Medicine and Medical Administration (20010 to date) • Sri Lanka Foundation Institute: Visiting Lecturer and examiner for Diploma in
University of Moratuwa: Visiting Lecturer and examiner for Non-Technical Module

Clinical practice
Primary Care Physician to a community of approximately 6000 (2001 to date)
Additional Medical Officer of Health to Boralesgamuwa Health Unit area (2001 to
University Medical Officer (part-time) (2010)

Administrative and other commitments
International Organisation for Migration
• Consultant (2009 to date)

University of Sri Jayewardenepura
• Member - Postgraduate Board of Study (Multidisciplinary) at Faculty of Graduate Studies,
University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2011 to date) • Co-Editor - Journal of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura • Chairperson - IT Committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri • Secretary - USJP/FMS/HETC/QIG World Bank Project (2011 to date) • Secretary - Library Committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri • Secretary - Ethics Review Committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri • Trainer - Staff Development (2012) • Member - WHO/HRP committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri • Member - Library Committee of University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2010 to date) • Member - Community Health Stream module (2003 to date) • Member - Personal and Professional Development Committee (2009 do date) • Member - Community-based Medical Learning Committee (2011 to date) • Member - Trauma Module Committee (2006 to date) • Member - English Language Committee (2003 to date) • Member - IT Committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura • Member - Research Committee of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri
Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo
• Member - Board of Study (Medical Administration) at Postgraduate Institute of Medicine,

Ministry of Health
• Member - Committee to draft National Migration Health Policy
Sri Lanka Medical Association
• Institutional Representative (2012)
• Member - Herbal Medicine Sub-committee (2009 to date)
Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science
• Member - Environmental Committee
Centre for Community Health
• Adviser (2005 to date)
• Member - Research Evaluation Committee (2007 to date)

Rural health Initiative
• National Adviser - Sri Lanka (2007 to date)
• Member - Research Advisory Committee (2009 to date)
Sri Lanka Foundation Institute
• Coordinator for Gerontology Module/Diploma in Counselling (2004 to date)

Sri Lanka Medical Council
• Examiner - Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine in Sri Lanka (ERPM) (2011 to

RESEARCH PROJECTS A D COLLABORATIO S
Co-investigator – “Community participation in control of Non-Communicable Diseases”
– Collaboration of Ministry of Health Sri Lanka and International Organisation for Migration 2011/2012 (ongoing)
Co-investigator – “Vulnerabilities of street children in Colombo City” – 2009/2012
Co-investigator – “Health Implications of Gang Behaviour” – 2011/2012 (ongoing)
Co-investigator: Effect of parenting style on children’s mental health – 2012 (ongoing)
Co-investigator: Mental health of war affected children – 2012 (ongoing)
Co-investigator – “Rate of MRSA contamination and transmission in tertiary care
hospitals in Sri Lanka” – 2011/2012 (ongoing) • Co-investigator – “Gender discrimination: experiences, awareness, attitudes and
proportion of women affected in rural Sri Lanka” – 2011/2012 (ongoing) • Co-investigator – “Non-communicable diseases in a sub-urban community in Sri Lanka
– a cohort study” – 2009/2011 (ongoing) • Co-investigator – “Trends in the Age of Menarche among the Sri Lankan Girls and Its
Co-Investigator – “Prevalence of Divorce and Separation Among the Women in Urban,
Rural, and Estate Sectors in Sri Lanka and the Risk Factors and Legal Reasons for Divorce and Separation” – 2008/2012 (ongoing) • Principal investigator – “Health effects of migration” Collaboration of Ministry of
Health Sri Lanka and International Organisation for Migration – 2009/2010 • Co-investigator – “Proportion of due notification of notifiable diseases in tertiary care
Co-investigator – “Association between the stage of breast cancer at presentation and
subsequent quality of life” – 2010/2011 • Co-investigator – “Risk factors for myocardial infarction among the sub-urban Sri
Co-investigator – “Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of universal safety precautions
among laboratory workers in tertiary care hospitals in Sri Lanka” – 2010/2011 • Principal Investigator – “Self-perceived burden of childcare on mother-substitutes of
children of migrant women” – 2010/2011 • Principal Investigator – “Difficulties and strengths of left-behind migrant workers’
Principal investigator – “Risk factors for non-communicable diseases in sub-urban and
rural communities in Sri Lanka” – 2010 • Co-investigator – “Risk behaviours of street children in Colombo City” – 2009/2011
Co-investigator – “Factors associated with motorised two-wheeled vehicle accidents in
Principal investigator – “Community participation in adaptation to climate change” –
Co-investigator – “Symptoms, coping strategies, and correlates of self-perceived mental
stress among undergraduates following professional study programs in a Sri Lankan university” – 2009/2010 • Co-investigator – “Factors associated with treatment modalities for Diabetes Mellitus
among Sri Lankan adults” – 2009/2010 • Co-investigator – “Health seeking behaviour among suburban Sri Lankans with special
reference to non-communicable disease” – 2009/2010 • Co-investigator – “Childhood Asthma in a suburban population in Sri Lanka” –

Co-investigator – “Out-of-pocket health care expenditure among patients attending
tertiary care hospitals in Sri Lanka” – 2009/2010 • Co-investigator – “Factors associated with initiation and continuation of street life
among the street children in Colombo City ” – 2008/2011 • Co-investigator – “Effect of choral singing on mental health of Australian elderly ” –
Co Investigator – “Predictors of the Outcomes of Coronary By-pass Surgery” –
Principal investigator - “Mental Health Status of Female Migrant Workers’ Children
in the Colombo District” – 2005/2007
Principal investigator - “Translation in to Sinhala Language and Validation of Child

Principal investigator – “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to HIV/AIDS
among the Youth Employed in the Hotel Industry in Southern Sri Lanka” – 2004 • Principal investigator – “Problems in Current School-based Reproductive Health

Principal investigator – “An Assessment of Reproductive Health Education in Sri
Lankan Schools” [Dissertation for the degree of MSc in Community Medicine] – 2003 • Principal investigator – “Experiences of Migrant Women in Sri Lanka” – 2001/2002
Principal investigator – “Social and Health Problems among the Children of Migrant
Workers in Colombo Suburbs” – 2000/2001 • Principal investigator – “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Reproductive
Health Among the Migrant Populations in the Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka” – 1999/2000
Co-investigator – “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to HIV/AIDS Among
the Migrant Female Factory Workers in Sri Lanka” – 1997/1998 • Principal investigator – “Health and Social problems Among Migrant Female Factory
Workers in the Economic Zones in Sri Lanka” – 1994


GRA TS OBTAI ED
• Financial grant for the research on Mental Health Status of Female Migrant Workers’
Children in the Colombo District” from the SIDA/SAREC project for the Health and Social Care for the Socially Marginalised People. 2004 – 2007. • University Research Grant 2008 (as a co-investigator) for the research on “Prevalence of Divorce and Separation Among the Women in Urban, Rural, and Estate Sectors in Sri Lanka and the Risk Factors and Legal Reasons for Divorce and Separation” • University Research Grant 2008 (as a co-investigator) for the research on Trends in the Age of Menarche among the Sri Lankan Girls and Its Correlates” • Annual health research grants from Centre for Community Health – 1999, 2001, 2005,
PUBLICATIO S (FULL PAPERS A D ABSTRACTS)
• Senaratna BCV and Wijewardhana BVN. Street children in Colombo: what brings them to and sustain on streets? (Accepted for publication by Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health) • Senaratna BCV and Wijewardhana BVN. Risk behaviours of street children in Colombo. (Accepted for publication by the Ceylon Medical Journal). • Senaratna BCV and Senarath I. Symptoms, coping strategies, and correlates of self- perceived mental stress among undergraduates following professional study programs in a Sri Lankan university (accepted for publication by the Journal of Sri Lanka College of Community Physicians) • Senaratna BCV. Self-perceived burden of childcare on mother-substitutes of children of migrant women (accepted for publication by the Journal of Sri Lanka College of Community Physicians) • Senaratna BCV and Wijewardhana BVN. Unscalable barriers? – Factors associated with initiation and continuation of street-life among street children in Colombo City. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. 5-9 December 2011. p 171. • Senaratna BCV and Wijewardhana BVN. Living with devils and demons: Risk behaviours of street children in Colombo City. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. 5-9 December 2011. p 90. • Senaratna BCV. Left-behind and struggling: Difficulties and strengths of children of migrant women. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. 5-9 December 2011. p 91. • Senaratna BCV. Burden on the substitute-carers of left-behind children of migrant women. Proceedings of the 67th Annual Sessions of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science. 5-9 December 2011. p 170. • Senaratna BCV, Perera H, Fonseka P. Left-behind children of Women Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka: Mental Health Status and Risk Factors for Mental Health problems. Ceylon Medical Journal 2011. 56(4):153-8. • Senaratna BCV. Left-behind children of migrant women: Difficulties encountered and strengths demonstrated. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health 2012; 41(2): 71-5. • Senaratna BCV et al. Factors associated with diabetic patients seeking health care from some selected allopathic and Ayurvedic institutions in Colombo District and extent of information received by the patients from physicians and pharmacists. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Colombo. 11-12 November 2010. • Senaratna BCV et al. Factors associated with motorised two-wheeled vehicle accidents in Colombo District. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Sessions of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Colombo. 11-12 November 2010. • Senaratna C, Perera H, Fonseka P. Mental Health Status of the Children of Female Migrant Workers of Sri Lanka. Presentation at the 2008 Annual Sessions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. 1st July 2008. • Senaratna BCV, Perera H, Fonseka P. Sinhala Translation of Child Behaviour Checklist: Validity and Reliability. Ceylon Medical Journal 2008 Jun; 53(2):40-4. • Jayakrishnan AG, Chellam S, Makund K, Senaratna C, Waikar HD. Clopidogrel And Aspirin: Their Effect on Bleeding After Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery. Paper Presented at The 8th Biennial Congress Association of Thoracic And Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia (ATCSA). Bali, Indonesia. 26-28 November 2007. • Senaratna BCV, Fonseka P, Perera H. Child behaviour Check List: Translation to Sinhala and Validation among Children Aged 5-11 years – Preliminary Results. The Ceylon Medical Journal. 2007; 52, Supplement 1. p 10. • Senaratna BCV. Problems in Current School-based Reproductive Health Education Program. Proceedings of the 61st Annual Session of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, 12-17 December 2005. p 92. • Senaratna BCV. HIV/AIDS Related Reproductive Health Knowledge and Practices Among Youth in Tourist Hotels Industry in Southern Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Academic Sessions of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo; 1-2 July 2005. p 43. • Senaratna BCV, Sivayogan S. Strengths and Weaknesses of Reproductive Health Education in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Annual Sessions of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka. 20-30 October 2004. p 8.
OTHER SCIE TIFIC COMMU ICATIO S

• Senaratna BCV. Childhood Asthma in a suburban population in Sri Lanka. Report submitted to the Rural Health Initiative. 2011. • Senaratna BCV. Risk factors for non-communicable diseases in sub-urban and rural communities in Sri Lanka. Report submitted to the Rural Health Initiative. 2010. • Senaratna BCV. Migration health in Sri Lanka: issues, challenges, and national policy development. Presentation at the Global Health Conference conducted by the Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health. Colombo. 5 June 2010. • Senaratna BCV. Water Quality, Storage, Hygiene Practices and Health. Presentation at the International training programme on Management of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation by Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) of India. 5th November 2010. • Senaratna BCV. Response to climate change: role of environmental health management. Proceedings of the sessions on Role of Community in Adaptation to Climate Change conducted by the Swedish Cooperative Centre and Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture/University of Peradeniya. Kandy. 23-24 December 2009. p 29-37. • Senaratna BCV. Sinhala Translation of Child behaviour Check List: Advantages and Disadvantages in Using in Research and Clinical Practice. Presentation at the Workshop on Developmental and Psychological Assessment of Children, conducted by the SIDA/SAREC project for the Health and Social Care for the Socially Marginalised People. October 2007. • Senaratna BCV. Experiences of Migrant Women in Sri Lanka. Report submitted to Rural • Senaratna BCV. Social and Health Problems among the Children of Migrant Workers in Colombo Suburbs. Report submitted to the Centre for Community Health. 2002. • Senaratna BCV. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Reproductive Health Among the Migrant Populations in the Free Trade Zones in Sri Lanka. Report submitted to the Centre for Community Health. 2000.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIO S

1. Doctor of Medicine – MD (Community Medicine), 2004-2007
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Major areas of study
:
Part 1
- Course work on advanced statistics, advanced epidemiology, research methodology,
programme planning & evaluation, demography, and health economics
Part 2- Clinical training on General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, Psychiatry, ENT, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology.
Three years research thesis on Mental Health Status of Female Migrant Workers’ Children in the
Colombo District.

Training at the Epidemiology Unit, Family Health Bureau, Medical Statistics Unit, Populations
Division, Anti-Malaria Campaign, Anti-Filaria Campaign, Anti-Rabies Program, National
Campaign for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases, STI/AIDS Control Program,
Environmental and Occupational Health Division, and Planning, Research, and Development
Division of the Ministry of Health
2. Master of Science – MSc (Community Medicine), 2003-2004
Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Major areas of study
:
Course work on epidemiology, statistics, research methodology, maternal & child health,
environmental and occupational health, health planning & management, health education,
behavioural science and health service programmes
Clinical attachments in General Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry,
ENT, ophthalmology and Dermatology.
Research dissertation on An Assessment of the Reproductive Health Education in the Sri Lankan
Schools.
3. Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), 1994-1999, University of Sri

Major area(s) of study
:
General Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Family
Medicine, Community Medicine, Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Pharmacology, Parasitology,
Microbiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology

PROFESSIO AL MEMBERSHIPS

• Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association
• Member of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka
• Member of the Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science
• Member of the Populations Association of Sri Lanka
• Member of the Public Health Forum
• Member of the Sri Lanka Public Health Education Institutes (LANKAPHEIN )
• Member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka

SPECIAL TRAI I G

• One year training in mental health and other intervention programs at primary care settings,
proposal writing, intervention and developmental research, statistical analysis in epidemiological and intervention research, and health promotion at the Griffith University / Australia (2008/2009) • Training in Advanced Clinical Epidemiology and Advanced Medical Statistics at the Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, under the WHO/HRP program (2007) • Training in International Health Research Methods at the International Maternal and Child Health Division of the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2004) • Training program in Community Health Management for Divisional Directors of Health, conducted by the National Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Health Services, Sri Lanka (2001)
Programs and courses participated
• Training Workshop on Elderly Medicine. WHO (2011).
• WHO Training Workshop on Health Inter Network Access to Research Initiatives. WHO
• International Global Health Conference. Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health and University of Colombo (2010). • Health Research Methodology course. Griffith University / Australia (2008). • Quantitative Research course. Griffith University / Australia (2008/2009). • Psychology for Population Health course. Griffith University / Australia (2009). • Health Research Reviews. International Maternal and Child Health Division of the University of Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka (2004 – 2007). • Workshop on Qualitative Methods in Research. WHO/RHP and Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2008). • South Asian Regional Symposium on Evidence Based Health Care. Postgraduate Institute of • Workshop on Effective Qualitative Research by Prof. David Silverman, Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, UK (2006). • Health Economics course. Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo (2005). • Workshop on Web Publishing. Computer committee, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2002). • Training program on Population and Reproductive Health. UNFPA and Department of demography, University of Colombo (2002). • Training program on Reproductive health – IUD and DEPO – PROVERA Usage. Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka (2001). • Training program on Basics of Medical Education. Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya and Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna (2002). • Workshop on Learning and Teaching for Medical Teachers. Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2002). • Seminar on Research Methodology. Sri Lanka Medical Association (2001). ***********************

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