Dr. Tedros Message for the 12th Global Health Compassion Rounds (3) Meeting the basic needs of health workers (2)

7 January, 2023

Dear Neil

I am delighted to hear about this initiative.

I am from University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and its Faculty of Medicine established a new Department of Medical Humanities to use the arts and humanities to cultivate compassion. I think compassion is a key 'competency' to have for a healthcare worker.


Kind regards

Saroj Jayasinghe

MBBS (Col), MD (Col), MRCP (UK), MD (Bristol), PhD (Col), FRCP (Lond), FCCP, FNASSL

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

University of Colombo

Founder Head, Department of Medical Humanities

University of Colombo



HIFA profile: Saroj Jayasinghe is the Professor of Medicine of the University of Colombo and a consultant physician in the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. Professor Saroj Jayasinghe qualified from Faculty of Medicine with MBBS honours from the University of Colombo. He works as a specialist at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. Recently he was appointed as the head of the Department of Medical Humanities of the University of Colombo, the first such department in the region. sarojoffice AT yahoo.com