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Last updated: 06 January, 2010 - Published 15:37 GMT
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SL professor nominated for BMJ Award
Prof.Harendra de Silva
Professor Harendra de Silva has been nominated for this year's British Medical Journal Group Lifetime Achievement Award.

Professor Harendra de Silva, Professor of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, Kelaniya University is among the nine shortlisted eminent individuals for this year's British Medical Journal Group Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, for the individual who has made a substantial contribution to improving health care, will be chosen by BMJ readers in a vote.

Voting begins on 4 January on and will close on 15 February. The winner will be announced at the BMJ Group Award ceremony on 10 March.

Outstanding pediatrician

Harendra de Silva is an outstanding pediatrician whose pioneering efforts have helped to create awareness of child abuse in his home country of Sri Lanka and beyond.

Professor de Silva is currently professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kelaniya, in Sri Lanka.

During the insurgencies he continued to teach and practice medicine in Sri Lanka at a time when many academics left the county.

Child Protection

Professor de Silva drafted over 10 laws on child protection in Sri Lanka and he was the founder chairman of Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority (CPA), on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka.

After finishing his term as the chairman of CPA, Prof. Harendra founded his own organization “Varam” (a chance to life) dedicated to protecting children in coastal areas of Sri Lanka who are under threat from Pedophilias.

Apart from Varam, he has also undertaken a water purification project for the Internally Displaced Persons at Manik Farm in Zone 5.

His awards include the Most Outstanding Asian Pediatrician Award from the Asian Pediatrics Association and the Career Award from the International Society against Child Abuse and Neglect (USA).

He is also a renowned author of many publications and books, among them “Power Games” on child soldiers in Sri Lanka.

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