The Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka

Message from the President of the NSSL

Dr Dhammika Senanayake

President, NSSL

Dear Sir, Madam and members,

The Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka (NSSL) is one of the pioneering professional bodies dedicated to establishing links between professionals in the field of nutrition and public in order to promote the science of nutrition and its application to the health of the population in the country. It is indeed a great honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka for the year 2022/2023 to proceed with the objectives of the NSSL.

I take this opportunity to express my special thanks to the previous  Executive Committee for its commitment and effort to proceed with many projects undertaken during their term for the development of the Nutritional status of  the country as well as to serve the public to improve their health status and there by the quality of life. I am proud to mention that 2020/2021 was a very successful year for NSSL and it had been possible to mark many milestones paving the way for future Presidents to drive the field of nutrition towards success. Our focus is towards the development of the nutritional status of the public specially the children and to enhance their knowledge, understanding and awareness regarding the nutrition. During this journey the NSSL was able to successfully organize “NutriEassy” and “NutriCa” competitions among school children in Sri Lanka. The competitions had utilized their creative skills to enhance the nutrition knowledge and thereby raising the awareness regarding nutrition. Also, for the first time , we will be launching our Journal of Food science and Nutrition Society to uplift research and development in the field of Human Nutrition. Importantly, our association will keep on continuing the scientific sessions throughout every year to influence the public and society via the influence of our nutrition scholars.

The year 2022 and 2023 will be immensely challenging for the society as we are currently facing the worst economic crisis in the history of Sri Lanka that had also resulted the food inflation. Enhancing the nutrition status among Sri Lankans is regarded as a key objective of our association and we will do our level best to combat with malnutrition and nescience. In addition, I wish to express my special thanks to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Sports for extending their support to go ahead with our Programs. Also, I acknowledge with thanks the financial assistance and sponsorships offered by the private sector and industrialists, to make our profession remarkable. I take this opportunity to thanks the NSSL Membership for placing confidence in me to fulfill the expectations of the society and to uplift the nutritional status the public and the research activities in the field of nutrition.

Thank you!

Dr Dhammika Senanayake