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Ageing Population and Elderly Care in Sri Lanka

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Professor K.A. Padmasiri Siddhisena is Emeritus Professor of Demography, University of Colombo. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Demography in Sri Lanka. He was the Founder Head of the Department of Demography of the University of Colombo. In addition, he served as the Director of the Demographic Training and Research Unit (DTRU), the Director of Colombo University Community Extension Centre (CUCEC), Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He holds B.A. (Hons.) and B.Phil (Hons.) in Economics from University of Colombo, M.A. in Demography from Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and M.Sc and Ph.D. in Population Planning from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He served as the Founder Secretary and the President of the Population Association of Sri Lanka (PASL), and the editor of Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies (SLJPS). His teaching and research spread over a broad range of topics, including fertility and mortality analysis, Migration and Urbanization, Ageing and Elderly Care and Population and Development issues. He served as UNFPA and UNDP Consultant to improve the census data in Bangladesh, Timor Leste and Myanmar. In addition, he served as a Consultant to several research projects of WHO , ILO, UN-ESCAP, World Bank, IOM and WHO . He has authored more than 70 articles published in local and international journals. Prof. Siddhisena also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK, University of Ryukoku, Kyoto Japan, University of Oxford, UK, Visiting Senior Fellow of the Royal Society, London, ESCAP and UNFPA in Bangkok. He rendered his expertise in the formulation of National Policy on Population and Reproductive Health in Sri Lanka in 1998.

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