Dr Indrakantha Welgama MBBS, MSc, MD

Dr Indrakantha Welgama

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow – Global Health

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Institute of Applied Health Research
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham

Indrakantha is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Global Health unit at IAHR. He is a public health physician and is currently working on Trauma Registry related studies in several countries.

ORCiD iD 0000-0003-1194-3082 

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  • Post Graduate Diploma in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2023.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, United Kingdom.
  • MD in Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2018
  • MSc in Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2005


Indrakantha is a physician, specializing in community medicine and public health. He has experience in conducting public health prevention and promotion programmes at field level and national level, in Low Middle Income Country settings. In addition, he has been involved with planning and development of national level policies and actions plans as a senior public officer and a UN health officer. His academic and professional experience is mainly related to NCD prevention and control. He has also been involved with public health research, especially related to injuries.


Research interests:

  • Injuries and Trauma
  • NCD prevention
  • Health in Migration

Current projects:

  • Developing data-informed policy for injury care in low- or middle-income country contexts: Exploring the challenges to implementing the WHO Trauma Registry.
  • Enhancing trauma data quality in Rwanda, under the Equi-injury project.


  • Gunawardana, S., Welgama, I., Abeygunthilake, D., Eranga, P., & Marikkar, T. (2023). Training Manual for Primary Healthcare Providers on Promoting a Healthy Diet (1st ed.), Colombo:  Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
  • Wickramasinghe, C., Kumarapeli, V., Gunawardena, S., Welgama, I., & Jayarathne, S. (eds.). (2022). Guide for the Establishment of Tobacco Free Zones in Sri Lanka (1st ed.), Colombo: Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
  • Abeysena, C., Peiris, S., Welgama, I., Gunasekara, U., & Wickramage, K. (2019). Symptoms of dengue at the acute and post-infection stage in the Western Province, Sri Lanka: A cross-sectional study. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, 12(6), 258. https://doi.org/10.4103/1995-7645.261272
  • Welgama, I. P., Herath, J., & Gandhiji, G. (2019). Hydatid cyst of the lung: A case report from Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura Medical Journal, 13(1), 18. https://doi.org/10.4038/amj.v13i1.7650
  • Peiris, S., Welgama, I. P., Wickramage, K., & Abeysena, C. (2019). Internal migration related factors among dengue patients in Western Province, Sri Lanka. Journal of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka, 25(3), 121. https://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v25i3.8181
  • Welgama, I.P., Herath, H., & Dharmaratne, S. (2018a). PW 0384 community perceptions on school related injuries among children aged 5 to 12 years, in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. Injury Prevention, 24(Suppl 2) https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprevention-2018-safety.548
  • Welgama, I.P., Herath, H., & Dharmaratne, S. (2018b). PW 0387 short term activity limitation in children following traumatic injuries in colombo district of sri lanka. Injury Prevention, 24(Suppl 2) https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprevention-2018-safety.712
  • Welgama, I.P., Chandradasa, P., & Dharmaratne, S. (2016). 451 injury incidence of children below 5 years of age, in a Community Health Division in Sri Lanka. Injury Prevention, 22(Suppl 2). https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.451
  • Welgama, I.P., Herath, H., & Dharmaratne, S. (2016). 458 parental perceptions on risk of child injuries in the Colombo District of sri lanka. Injury Prevention, 22(Suppl 2). https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.458
  • Welgama, I.P. & Kamal, D. V. (2016). A Gangrenous Mucocoele of appendix. Anuradhapura Medical Journal, 10(1), 14. https://doi.org/10.4038/amj.v10i1.7547
  • Welgama, I.P., & Dharmaratne, S. (2012). Fractures following falls in Sri Lanka. Injury Prevention, 18(Suppl 1). https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590e.5

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