It is with deep sadness that I must tell you our colleague Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana, Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health, died on Sunday following a collision on Oxford Street.
Chesmal joined the School in 2016, conducting research on global mental health, supervising PhD students and contributing to the MSc in Global Mental Health. Both his teaching and research were of the highest quality and he made a real difference to the Centre for Global Mental Health. His work on armed conflict, migration and mental health put him at the forefront of some of the major public health challenges of the day. His research helped to improve understanding on mental health needs and the effectiveness of mental health services for conflict-affected persons, particularly in Sri Lanka. He also sought to improve research practice, leading a research study on improving ethical research standards in humanitarian crises. Chesmal was a deeply valued friend, colleague and mentor.
Our sincere condolences go to Chesmal’s family and friends.
Details of arrangements to commemorate Chesmal’s life and work will be shared in due course. At this time, all messages for the family may be sent c/o Lindsay Melling, Faculty of Epidemiology and Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. Any comments on this blog will also be passed onto Chesmal’s family.
Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine