The 19th Annual Academic Congress of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians was held from the 11th to 14th of August 2016 at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. The Inauguration Ceremony was held on the 11th of August and the Chief Guest was His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Maithripala Sirisena. The Guest of Honour was Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Special Guest was Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Honourable Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine.

This year a very vibrant and resounding congress was organized with 18 eminent speakers from UK, USA, Geneva, India and Thailand. It was delivered to a packed house of Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Surgeons and Medical officers. There were live and interactive discussions between the Panellists and the audience.

The Pre-Congress workshops were on “Paediatric Emergencies” and “Extreme Prematurity – strategies to prevent long-term morbidity’’. Both Pre-Congresses were highly acclaimed by all the participants.

Many symposia, plenary lectures and interactive sessions were held on Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Hepatology, Neonatology, and Adolescent Health and Infectious diseases.

The Annual Banquet was held on the 13th of August, where the participants relaxed and enjoyed themselves to live music and dancing.

It was a very successful and informative Congress and was very much appreciated by all the Guest Speakers and the participants.