The inception of the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka in 1979 was a landmark event in the history of medicine in the country. The renowned academic in physiology, Professor Carlo Fonseka was credited for pioneering the establishment of the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka with the support of a few enthusiasts in the era.
With all the determination and passion, the status of the field was raised to societal levels. The humble beginnings paved the path to giant strides towards advancement in the next few decades.
The rise of the society to a college was outstanding so that it started to function on a higher framework. This unique expansion to a college was a breakthrough in the history of endocrinology in Sri Lanka. This helped to bring all the key personnel under one umbrella to reach into the bigger world at large.
This was just the beginning of a new era. A variety of novel introductions were made possible simply because of the devotion and the perseverance of the membership of the college. The inception of the Sri Lanka Diabetes Federation (SLDF), the public arm of the college was distinctive and it exemplifies further permeation and reaching out to the public.
Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists (SLCE) has always embarked on several initiatives as a part of the college stance since its inauguration.
The college always provides an opportunity for continuous medical education to its members. The series of monthly clinical meetings focusing on the postgraduates in general medicine and endocrinology had been an uninterrupted educational event since the early 1990's. The outreached educational programme has become second nature of the college tradition. SLCE is actively engaged in organizing "National Diabetes Walk", annual island wide school competitions to commemorate the world diabetes day.
A wide array of research takes place in the field and it provides an amiable platform to our fellow colleagues to show their aptitudes. The steady progress of the Sri Lanka journal of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism (SJDEM) , the biannual official publication of the college which was launched in 2011 is a pillar of strength for this purpose.
SLCE has boldly undertaken the daunting task of preventing non-communicable diseases in the country by way of carrying out of SLDCi project, which is a three year world diabetes federation (WDF) funded programme that aims to develop a comprehensive and holistic national model for prevention and control of diabetes and other CVD risk factors, which would further strengthen and support the existing primary health care (PHC) systems of the country.
Another landmark event was launching the South Asian federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) in 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka with the participation of endocrine societies of five south Asian countries with the aim of combatting the epidemic of diabetes and other common endocrine disorders through regional cooperation. SLCE played a pioneer role in forming SAFES and currently plays a very active part in achieving SAFES objectives.
SLCE has come a long way since its inception and is proud of many great achievements. With the ever expanding membership SLCE looks positively towards the future in achieving excellence in diabetes and endocrinology in Sri Lanka.