Other research activities

“Survey on health issues faced by the home quarantine people due to COVID – 19 in Northern Sri Lanka” (2020- )

Investigators: Dr. P.A.D. Coonghe (DCFM), Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (DCFM), Dr. S. Kumaran (DCFM), Dr. R. Kesavan (Department of Health – Northern Province)

“The development of a transdisciplinary, multistakeholder approach for water security in Northern Province, Sri Lanka”- (2019- ), funded by Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operation, World Bank.

Investigators: Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (DCFM), Dr. B. Kumarendran (DCFM), along with Dr. S. Srikanthan, Dr. K. Chandrasekar, et al. of University of Jaffna.

“Health, psychological distress and level of satisfaction due to interactions with youth, among the elders in Jaffna district,” (2018–) in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Duke University, funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Investigators: Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (DCFM), Dr. P.A.D Coonghe (DCFM), Prof. Truls Ostbye (Duke Global Health Institute), Prof.  Joanna Maselko (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Prof. Kathryn Law Hale (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

“A study on ragging violence, health consequences and help seeking behavior among students of the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka,”- (2018-)

Investigators:  Dr. Ayanthi Wickramasinghe (Uppsala University, Sweden), Prof. Pia Axemo (Uppsala University, Sweden), Prof. Birgitta Essen (Uppsala University, Sweden), Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (DCFM) and Dr. Ramya Kumar (DCFM)

“Integrating mental health into primary care for post-conflict populations in Northern Sri Lanka [COM-GAP],” (2016 – ) funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], Atlanta, USA. Investigators: Dr. C. Siriwardhana (Anglia Ruskin University), Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (DCFM), Prof. D. Somasundaram (University of Jaffna), and Dr. A. Adikari (Institute for Research and Development, Colombo).

Post-graduate trainee research 


“Prevalence and risk of psychoactive substance use and the effectiveness of a school-based intervention to increase knowledge on psychoactive substance among Grade 11 and 12 school students in the Jaffna District” Dr. C.J. Mathanraj (2019 – )

“Solid waste management and associated factors in state sector institutions in Jaffna Municipal Council area” Dr. S. Thuvaragah (2020- )


“Sub – fertility among women attending obstetrics and gynecology unit in the District Base Hospital, Tellippalai – A case control study” Dr. N. Parameswaran (2020)

“Prevalence and selected correlates of behavior problems among the grade eight school children and the effectiveness of education intervention package for selected problems in Jaffna district” Dr. J.T. Sivashankar (2019)

“Knowledge, attitude, and practice related to HIV and its influencing factors among public health midwives in Jaffna district: Dr. M. Thakshagini (2016)

“Effectiveness of a planned health educational intervention on metered dose inhalation technique among adult asthmatic or chronic obstructive disease patients in Chest Clinic, Jaffna district,” S. Kumaran (2016)

“Prevalence of mild cognitive impairment and its selected correlates among elders in Jaffna district,” P. A. D. Coonghe, (2015)

“Current status of cancer in Jaffna: completeness of registration and prevalence of risk factors and awareness of preventive services,” Dr. R. Surenthirakumaran (2011)

“Inequalities in nutrition in Jaffna: associated factors and effectiveness of interventions,” Dr. S. Sivaganesh (2011)

“Prevalence of type II diabetes mellitus and its risk factors among adults and use of preventive care practices by known diabetics in the Jaffna District,” Dr. N. Rajeshkannan (2011)

“Mental health of adolescent school children in Jaffna district and some of their psychological correlates,” Dr. P. Lukumar (2006)