Malnutrition Awareness Week™ 2020 

SLMNA is delighted to announce our participation once again, as an official ambassador of ASPEN’s Malnutrition Awareness Week™”, from October 5th to 9th, 2020.

This initiative aims to raise awareness on malnutrition and to educate healthcare professionals and consumers on malnutrition. Together with our members last year, this initiative had a global outreach of over 7,000,000 healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers and educated them on the consequences of malnutrition and the positive impact nutrition has on patient outcomes.

“Malnutrition Awareness Week™ is a mark of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) [used with permission from ASPEN]. For more information please log into

We take great pleasure in inviting our SLMNA members to participate in the educational events scheduled below on how to intervene and treat for malnutrition.

Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020 Webinar Schedule

Abstract poster final

Download abstract details here [2020]


SLMNA Newsletter June 2020

Fighting COVID – 19

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. Facing this challenge together with other medical personnel in our motherland, Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition, Medical Research Institute  offers the following helpful nutritional advice to alleviate the effects of this deadly virus.

SLMNA Newsletter April 2020

Eat Well Festival 2020

Together with the College of Community Physicians, Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association organized the initial “Eat Well Festival” in order to promote a healthy life style to all age groups. This event was held from 7th to 8th March 2020 at BMICH, hall C.
The chief guest for this occasion was renowned Chef Publis Silva, Director of Culinary Affairs at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, who promotes using healthy, fresh, locally sourced ingredients, whilst incorporating them into traditional Sri Lankan recipes and cooking methods.
There were multiple stalls accommodating healthy eating, hygienic practices, cooking demonstrations/sessions, exercise and physical activity. 

Inauguration ceremony of Eat Well Festival

Dr. Renuka Jayatissa, President of SLMNA, addressing the gathering

Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Deputy Director General – MS II, addressing the gathering

Participants at the event

Chef Publis Silva with President and members of SLMNA

Annual Health Screening Program at Royal College, Colombo 07 

Members of the Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association participated in the 21st annual health screening program held at Royal College, Colombo 07, on the 01st of March 2020 at college premises.

This event was held to promote health and well-being of past and present teachers of Royal College.

Counselling participants at the event
Dr Senarath Weerasekara counselling participants
Dr. Ahmad Rushdi counselling a patient
Nutritional assessment of a participant
Counselling participants at the event

Cooking Demonstration at Janasaraniya

A successful cooking demonstration was held at the Janasaraniya Health Exhibition at Embilipitiya Presidents College on the 22nd of February 2020, with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association.

Cooking demonstration by Mrs. Kumuduni Gunasekara
Cooking demonstration by Mrs. Kumuduni Gunasekara
Participants at the event

Launching Ceremony of Model Health Corner

Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association actively participated in the launching ceremony of Model Health Corner, held at the WHO country office Colombo on 27th of January 2020.

Our concepts consisted of “Balancing your daily meal” and “Healthy snack and cooking demonstration”. All the participants were briefed on daily meal plan at the first stall and healthy snacks were displayed attractively in the span of two stalls. This event was graced by the presence of current Minister of Health, Nutrition Indigenous Medicine, Pavithra Vanniarachchi and WHO Country Representative, Dr. Razia Pendse.

The dedicated team of our members who work at the medical nutrition unit at NHSL, played a key role in organizing this successful event under the guidance of Dr. Renuka Jayatissa, President of Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association.

What is SLMNA?

The Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association is the national professional medical nutrition association in Sri Lanka, which brings together medical specialists and medical officers of all grades and all branches of medicine who have an interest in nutrition.SLMNA is a non-profitable professional body which is driven by membership fees and all the officials work as volunteers.


This Novel association was established with the intention of improving nutritional management of patients and prevention of diet related diseases through healthy diet and lifestyle practices.

Aims of SLMNA

The association aims to provide a forum for its members to further their professional and academic development in medical nutrition, in order to contribute to the attainment of highest possible levels of nutrition status of the nation through provision of quality nutrition care in both curative and preventive sectors.

Annual General Meeting of the SLMNA 2019

Annual General Meeting of the SLMNA was held on 26th January 2019 at the new auditorium of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital for children,Colombo.

NCD and healthy lifestyle programme with SLDC

NCD and healthy lifestyle programme done at CEBH Mulleriyawa with SLDC.Dr. Noel Somasudarum,senior consultant endocrinologist  and SLMNA members participated for this event held on 30th of January 2019.
At the same premises,exercise programme for staff of the CEBH Mulleriyawa with sports Medicine doctors done successfully.

Nutrition counseling program at Wesley Collage

Nutrition counseling program for the past and present teachers was conducted by SLMNA with the request from OBA of Wesley Collage-Colombo on 14th December 2018.More than 180 teachers were participated.

  • Nutrition Counseling at Wesley Collage

Exercise program in WSW at BOI

2nd session of the WSW at BOI,World Trade Centre,Colombo held to improve the activity level of the BOI staff at the work place.The first session at the same institution was held two months ago to improve healthy diet at working place.

More than 100 staff members were participated to this program.Ms.Sanjula from the ministry of sports joined the event with SLMNA officials.

Life  Long  Learning  (LLL) in Sri Lanka

Held on 17 – 19 OCTOBER 2 0 1 8

At the Medical Research Institute Of Sri Lanka

SLMNA Newsletter September 2018

Representatives of the SLMNA participated to the 40th ESPEN congress

Held in Madrid,Spain from 1st to 4th September2018.

Opening Ceremony of “Medical Nutrition Unit”

National Hospital of Sri Lanka

We are happy to share the Opening Ceremony of the Medical Nutrition Unit of National Hospital of Sri Lanka, was held on 2nd of April 2018 at 10.00am by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Honorable Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. Hon. Faizal Cassim, the Deputy Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva, Deputy Director General of Medical Services and the Dr. W. K. Wickramasinghe the Director of National Hospital of Sri Lanka also participated.

The Medical Nutrition Clinic will provide service to people with extended facilities by the Medical Officers of Nutrition under supervision of Dr Renuka Jayatissa, Consultant Medical Nutritionist.