Ayesh Hettiarachchi

I was born in Badulla, a beautiful small town from the hill country of Sri Lanka. I received my primary education at Uva college Badulla and my secondary education at Badulla Central College. I was a medical student in the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences Rajarata at the University of Sri Lanka, where I obtained my Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. 

Public health was one of my favourite subjects since my undergraduate studies. I conducted, as a student, a few large-scale health promotion and research programmes. During my pre-intern period, I joined the same Faculty as a temporary lecturer where I studied, and where I had many opportunities to engage in public health activities.  

I decided to serve in my hometown with my first appointment as a medical doctor. I completed my internship in Surgery and Paediatrics at the Provincial General Hospital Badulla. I then worked as a doctor in Gynaecology and Obstetrics field in the same hospital where I gathered a vast experience in reproductive health, maternal health and emergency obstetric care.   

After working in the curative health sector, I thought of entering the preventive health and choose the field of Public Health. I joined the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. We are engaged in multiple collaborative public health activities with the local health authorities and many international organizations. At present, I am working as a clinical coordinator of a major public health project on maternal health and I teach undergraduate students. 

As a young physician with an interest in public health, I am looking forward to serving my country with my full potential.