About the College

Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians

Professional Body for Paediatricians in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, which came into existence in 1996, is the glittering successor to its forerunner, the much-respected Ceylon Paediatric Association (CPA), which had been inaugurated in 1952.

The College, with all Consultant Paediatricians of the country as its members, is the premier academic non-trade union institution that is exclusively involved with optimal child healthcare.

Over the last 26 years it has gone from strength to strength and is intensely involved with continuing medical education, humanitarian projects for paediatric healthcare, collaboration with international paediatric organisations and in an advocacy role to the Government of Sri Lanka.


The vision of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians is to promote a profession and a nation that cherishes the perpetual value of children and envisage the attainment of the golden goal of providing the finest of healthcare services to all children of this paradise island.


The mission of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians is to facilitate the advancement of paediatric healthcare in the country, influence policy decisions, and support as well as sustain continuous professional development of child healthcare personnel and promote collaboration amongst paediatricians.

The College would endeavour to be a dedicated, dependable and responsible resource, to the government and other stakeholders, on all aspects related to the optimal care of infants, children and adolescents.


Quality & Excellence

We are committed to excellence and continuous quality improvement in our mission.


We try, ever so hard, to provide an efficient service to the membership and other stakeholders.


We collaborate towards improvement of the health of children in our motherland and beyond.


At all times we promote the notion of looking at child health problems with empathy and compassion.


We aim to be bold in meeting the challenges faced and changes necessitated by progress in science.


We steadfastly attempt to maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.


We try over best to manage all our resources with fiscal responsibility.

Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians is the successor to the former Ceylon Paediatric Association which later became the Sri Lanka Paediatric Association. The original Ceylon Paediatric Association was inaugurated in 1952 with Dr. L.O. Abeyratne as the first President, Professor C.C. de Silva as the Vice-President and Professor Milroy Paul as the Hony. Secretary. Although the few qualified Paediatricians were in its roll, the backbone of the Association was formed by General Practitioners who were then responsible for the health careof children. They enjoyed the confidence and trust of mothers. In those halcyon days, love and kind words were more important to mothers than academic knowledge. The Association held Monthly Meetings, Clinical Demonstrations and embarked on a variety of Educational Programmes. The first Annual Congress of Paediatrics in Ceylon (later Sri Lanka), was held in 1961 with Dr. Martin Bodian of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK, as Guest Lecturer. Dr. Sydney Gellis of Boston, USA, was the Guest Lecturer in 1962. The British Council and the American Embassy respectively sponsored these lecturers. Read more …

In the logo of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, the silhouette of a child is encircled by twenty-four lotus petals representing round-the-clock care and services available towards the welfare of our children, the national treasure  land. The traditional earthenware pot, the “pun kalasa”, on which the main emblem rests, together with sheaves of coconut flowers surrounding it, depict prosperity and reiterate that children are the precious jewels of this resplendent isle.


The College is closely involved in Continuing Medical Education and Research. It conducts monthly Clinical Lecture Demonstrations in Paediatrics and many Provincial Meetings right throughout the year. The Annual Scientific Congress is usually held in the middle of the year and is a forum for the presentation of Paediatric Research in the country. It is also attended by eminent speakers from allover the world, usually by invitation. The records of the Congress are printed as “Proceedings of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians Annual Scientific Congress” (ISSN1391-2992). The official publication of the College is the“ Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health” (ISSN 1391-5452)which is published quarterly. The College is also closely linked to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children in Colombo, the largest Children’s Hospital in the world, and the Board of Study in Paediatrics of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo, which regulates the training and certification of Specialist Consultant Paediatricians in the country.