Home / News/ Largest ever sexual medicine conference in South Asia to be held in Colombo

Largest ever sexual medicine conference in South Asia to be held in Colombo


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 5 October 2017 00:00


Dr. Ajith Malalasekera, Dr. Iyanthi Abeyewickreme, Dr. Lasantha Malavige, Dr. Samanthi de Silva, Dr. Pramilla Senanayake and Dr. Chandima Jeeawandara - Pic by Upul Abayasekara

 

 

By Shannon Jayawardena

The third biennial meeting of the South Asian Society for Sexual Medicine will be held from 19-21 November at the BMICH, setting a platform of information enhancing knowledge on sexual medicine and awareness. 

“A lot of people suffer in silence. If you look at the suffering, it’s like the tip of the iceberg, you only see the most problematic ones whereas most social problems are derived from sexual issues,” said Dr. Lasantha Malavige, the President elect of SASSM. “The whole idea of the conference is to educate doctors and help improve their skills in managing sexual problems,” he added.

Sri Lanka, being a country which is still developing, lacks knowledge in taking a holistic approach towards sexual issues whereby the crucial issues are the inability of clients to vocalise their problems due to a stigma of embarrassment as well as service providers being inadequately trained in the field of sexual medicine. Therefore the sole purpose of the event is to “educate the doctors to give better treatment to the patients on sexual medicine as well as to enhance knowledge on sexual medicine,” said Conference Subcommittee Chair Dr. Chandima Jeewandara. 

At present there are 114 million acts of intercourse happening around the world per day, whereby 910,000 conceptions take place out of which 390,000 of them are live births. Hence it is salient for both medical personalities as well the general public to have a better understanding on the subject of sexual health.

“There is very minimal information out there for our patients, especially in the native languages, also the opportunity for training and professional development of doctors to tackle this type of patients is minimal,” stated the Scientific Chair of the Conference Dr. Ajith Malalasekera while addressing the issue. 

The consequences of sexual problems can impact physical and mental wellbeing but is not being given the right regard or priority by the majority of society. 

Considering these facts, SASSM, through its biennial meeting, is providing an opportunity with the right and cardinal knowledge to gain a better understanding as well as vital knowledge on sexual medicine and sexual-related issues.

The Family Planning Association being the key sponsor of this prestigious event also added that “sexual health is paramount to family health and wellbeing and is an inextricable component of health and wellbeing.” 

 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit


Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi


The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation


Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc


Columnists More