Harendra de Silva

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Harendra de Silva
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationUniversity of Colombo
Ananda College Colombo
Occupation(s)Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kelaniya, in Sri Lanka.
EmployerUniversity of Colombo
Known forFounder chairman of Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority, Activist and legislator in Child Protection[1]

Harendra de Silva is a pediatrician whose efforts have helped to create awareness of child abuse in Sri Lanka.


de Silva was educated at Ananda College Colombo, before he entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, where he obtained both an undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and later Doctor of Medicine.[2]

Professional work[edit]

de Silva was appointed to the Department of Paediatrics in Galle. He was the senior lecturer and subsequently became head of the department. de Silva became a Professor of Paediatrics, moving to the University of Kelaniya in 1999. He was Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority[3] and has been Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Child Protection.


de Silva was awarded 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).[citation needed] He was shortlisted for the 2011 British Medical Journal Group Lifetime Achievement Award.[4]


  1. ^ "Eye - Features". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. ^ "High Flyers". colombo75medics.org. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  3. ^ "Professor Harendra de Silva". colombo75medics.org. Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  4. ^ "BMJ Group Award for Lifetime Achievement Finalists' Showcase". colombo75medics.org. Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2011-09-30.