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We are a registered charity formed by a group of Sri Lankans who would like to provide good palliative care for people suffering from cancer and other life-limiting diseases in Sri Lanka. 

Our overall aims are :

  • To relieve suffering for those with cancer and terminal illness and their families
  • To provide comfort, dignity and peace to dying patients in the community
  • To provide continuing support for bereaved families and to provide bereavement counselling, where appropriate.

The Sahan Suwa Charitable Trust was formed in the UK in December 2012 and launched in Sri Lanka in April 2013.

See below for our Services & for more information about the Charity and the Trustees.


  1. We have a Telephone Helpline to advise on any issues facing the patients and their families at home
  2. Our main service is providing ​Palliative Care in the community. This include home visits by trained nurses and volunteers, and at times by doctors. We provide pain and symptom relief, psychological support, essential equipment and palliative care drugs. (Currently we have no facilities for in-patient care)
  3. In addition we also provide the following:
    information leaflets about cancer, side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, maintenance of good nutrition;
    transport for poor patients to get admitted to hospital;
    services of an attendant/carer for needy patients in the hospital;
    drugs essential for palliative care for those unable to afford it;
    psychological and social support via a
     Counselling service.  



The Sahan Suwa Charitable Trust was launched officially in Sri Lanka, at the Lionel Memorial Auditorium, Sri Lanka Medical Association, Wijerama House, Colombo on 6th April 2013. This was attended by nearly 80 participants from all walks of life, all keen to find out what palliative care is. Topics discussed included death and dying, principles of palliative care, how to achieve a good death and the aims and plans for the charity. A number of participants have offered to help with their time and expertise, which has given us a lot of encouragement to go forwards, particularly to start work on the Cancer helpline and the communtiy service on a small scale.