Professor K Wijewardene

Senior Professor


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  • MD (Community Medicine), Diploma, Statistics, Health Care Planning, Certificate in Advance Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

    • Member of the leadership council of Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) - (Present)
    • Member of International Development Evaluation Association
    • Member of the Sri Lanka Medical Association
    • Member of the Sri Lanka college of Community Physician
    • Member of Sri Lanka Evaluation Association

    Research Interests

    • NCD
    • Gender based violence

    Recent Publications

    1. Elisabeth Darj, Kumudu Wijewardena, Gunilla Lindmark and Pia Axemo  Future leaders views on gender based violence in Sri Lanka,  Sexual violence research initiative, South Africa September 18-22  2016
    2. Muzrif Munas, Berit Schei, Ragnhild Lund and Kumudu Wijewardena Gender-based violence and correlates in underprivileged tea plantation sectors of Sri Lanka, Sexual violence research initiative, South Africa September 18-22 ;2016
    3. Dinusha Chamanie, Jennifer Infanti, Ragnhild Lund, Berit Schei, Kumudu Wijewardene, on behalf of the ADVANCE study team Mind the gap: Obstetric violence in Colombo district, Sri Lanka Sexual violence research initiative, South Africa September 18-22; 2016.
    4. Wijewardene K ;Are Male university students’ perception on female gender role differs with higher education and discipline of study? Austin J Womens Health 2016.3 (1) -1021
    5. Elisabeth Darj1,2, Kumudu Wijewardena3, Gunilla Lindmark1, Pia Axemo1“Even though a man takes the major role he has no right to abuse” Future leaders’ views on gender based violence in Sri Lanka Global health action, 10(1) 2017)
    6. Pia Axemo[1], Kumudu Wijewardena[2], Ruvani Fonseka[3], Sharika Cooray[4], Elisabeth Darj[5]Training university teachers and students in Sri Lanka on Gender Based Violence: testing of a participatory training program ;MedEdPublish (ISSN 2312–7996 ) Feb 2018
    7. Muzrif MM, Perera D, Wijewardena K, Schei B Swahnberg K. Domestic violence: a cross-sectional study among pregnant women in different regions of Sri Lanka BMJ Open. 2018 Feb 20;8(2)
    8. Manuela Colombini; Susannah H Mayhew; Ragnhild Lund; Navpreet Singh; Katarina Swahnberg; Jennifer infanti; Berit Schei; Kumudu Wijewardene  Factors shaping political priorities for violence against women-mitigation policies in Sri Lanka ;BMC International Health and Human Rights; 2018 ; 18: 22
    9. Emma A. Adams, Elisabeth Darj, Kumudu Wijewardene &Jennifer J. Infanti  Perceptions on the sexual harassment of female nurses in a state hospital in Sri Lanka: a qualitative study; Global Health Action Volume 12, 2019 - Issue 1
    10. Malin Jordal,Ann Öhman &Kumudu Wijewardene;Respectability and rights. Sexual and reproductive health and rights of Sri Lankan women formerly involved in prostitution;Contemporary South Asia, 2019  ISSN 0958-4935, E-ISSN 1469-364X
    11. Katarina Swahnberg 1,* , Anke Zbikowski 2, Kumudu Wijewardene 3, Agneta Josephson 4, Prembarsha Khadka 1, Dinesh Jeyakumaran 3, Udari Mambulage 3 and Jennifer J. Infanti ;Can Forum Play Contribute to Counteracting Abuse in Health Care? A Pilot Intervention Study in Sri Lanka;  International journal of environment research and public health ;Published: May 2019 16 :-(9)
    12. Jennifer J. Infanti 1,*,Anke Zbikowski 2,Kumudu Wijewardene 3 andKatarina Swahnberg 4 Feasibility of Participatory Theater Workshops to Increase Staff Awareness of and Readiness to Respond to Abuse in Health Care: A Qualitative Study of a Pilot Intervention Using Forum Play among Sri Lankan Health Care Providers;International journal of environmental research and pubic health; 2020 17(20), 7698;
    13. Angela Dawson  Kumudu Wijewardene Insights into preventing female genital mutilation/cutting in Sri Lanka: a qualitative interpretative study; BMC  Reproductive Health 18 ;2021 Feb


    • Senior consultant of professionalizing evaluation capacity in the executive and legislative branches of government and tertiary institutions in strengthening democratic governance and accountability project (SDGAP) in Sri Lanka (2020 March to 2020 July)
    • Local consultant of evaluation of the implementation of tobacco control policies project in South East Asia Region (SEAR) member states in MDF / World Health Organization (2017 – 2018)
    • Principal investigator for Sri Lanka of evaluating interventions in antenatal care to identify and assist victims of gender-based violence project in Nepal and Sri Lanka in Norwegian University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine (2013 - 2018)
    • Research leader of Health and Social care for socially marginalized project in Swedish SIDA / SAREC (2003 - 2010)
    • Principal investigator of prevalence study on hypertension, diabetes and obesity and associated risk factors project in World Bank (1998 - 2004)
    • Consultant to the Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

    Positions Held/Hold or service Rendering/Rendering (University Level/National Level/International Level)

    • Professor of Community Medicine, University Of Sri Jayewardenepura -( 1998 - 2019)
    • Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura - (2003- 2009)
    • Co-chair of gender equality and equity committee in University Grants Commission - (2015 - 2018)
    • Chief Research Coordinator of SIDA ( Sweden ) / SARREC - (2003 - 2010)
    • Director of Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (1998 - 2000)
    • Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer in  Community Medicine, University of Kelaniya, University of Ruhuna, University of Colombo 1981-1997
    • Member of National Committee for Women 1999-2006