Healthnet is collaborating with Indira Cancer Trust to raise awareness on Breast Cancer in The Era of COVID-19. We invite you to join us on an informative webinar and a panel discussion on 29th of October 2020 at 7.00 pm.
The medical experts speaking during this webinar aim to address any misconceptions or doubts you may have regarding this condition whether you are a fighter, a survivor or a supporter. They will also highlight resources you can leverage on within the community and other support services you may find useful.
Dr. Janaki Vidanapathirana is the Director of The National Cancer Control Program and currently works at the National STD/AIDS Control Program, Ministry of Health, Government of Sri Lanka. Dr. Vidanapathirana conducts research in Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health. She is a qualified behaviour change specialist.
Studied in Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo. MBBS from University of Peradeniya 2004 and Obtained MD Oncology from the University of Colombo in 2013 and trained at The Christie Hospital, Manchester UK. Currently work as Senior Lecture at Sir Johan Kotelawala Defense University and also work as Clinical Oncologist at University Hospital, KDU.
Dr Lanka Jayasuriya - Dissanayake is the chairperson/trustee of Indira Cancer Trust that was set up in 2016 to support patients with cancer and their families with needs ranging from physical, mental, social as well as financial. Over 23 projects are done with a volunteer poll of over 500 volunteers. Dr Jayasuriya-Dissanayake currently holds only volunteer posts at several organisations after her resignation from the post at World Health Organisation. She is also an advocate for the patients’ rights movement and is member of the national drug policy committee as well as a member of the End of Life and Palliative care Task force, always representing the patients’ voices.
Mrs Chitrika De Mel is a breast cancer survivor and a Volunteer Coordinator for ICT. She was introduced to Indira Cancer Trust at its inception in 2016 through one of her close friends. Her intention had always been to find a way of supporting those who are undergoing cancer and provide them with the confidence and strength to fight and win the battle. She started as a coordinator for the hair and wig donation program as hair loss was something that was found to be unbearable to most women during treatment. She is a resource person for NCD alliance and is an international trainer for the OVOV (Our Voice : Our Views program) which creates a platform for patients voices. Mrs De Mel has spearheaded the patient support group of ICT and as a Coordinator handles all media and advocacy work of the Indira Cancer Trust.
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Indira Cancer Trust (ICT) was set up in memory of Indira Jayasuriya who passed away in November 2016 from breast cancer at the age of 40 years. She was a mother of two children and her story of courage, bravery and sacrifice as a mother moved the world.
The trust was initiated as the Cancer Care Trust in 2016 with specific objectives. However, it then evolved into Indira Cancer Trust with broader objectives in 2018.