President’s Message 2024

It is an honour and a privilege to begin my term as the 38th President of Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. I am grateful to the membership for giving me this opportunity to serve the SLCOG. I cherish every moment of my long journey with this esteemed College. I have been a member of the College for 23 years and represented the Council continuously for 12 years. During this time, I was privileged to serve in the capacities of Secretary, Chairman of Scientific activities, editor and many other posts.

Our theme for this year is” Quality Health Care through Standards in Training and Service Delivery- A Right of All Women'”. Quality health care must be effective, evidence-based, safe, and cater to individual preferences, needs and values. Standards are specific and measurable targets that reflect the care of health services that professionals should provide to be effective and safe for the patient. Standards play an important role in guiding the delivery of appropriate care and reducing unwarranted variation. Our current priorities are to focus on some simple standards that can be used with existing facilities without any additional cost to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. This year, my Council will focus on developing training and service standards for health care workers with some innovative ideas. I am confident that the Ministry of Health, Family Health Bureau and UN agencies will support our effort. We are collaborating with international professional organizations like FIGO, SAFOG and AOFOG to bring the potential benefits to the College.

Enriching women’s health is an unfinished agenda. I believe it can be converted to an achievable goal through a process of Clinical Governance and by new innovation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I urged the membership to rally around the College to make a difference.

Dr. Mangala Dissanayake

President – Sri Lanka College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

President’s Message 2024