Serving as a Member of Parliament for over 20 years, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has held many positions within the government of Sri Lanka. Dr. Senaratne served as Minister of Lands (2001-2004), Minister of Construction and Engineering Services (2007-2010), Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development (2010 – 2014) and presently serves as Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. In this most recent role, he helped oversee the elimination of malaria in Sri Lanka in 2016. He was also awarded the WHO’s prestigious World No Tobacco Day Award in recognition of Sri Lanka’s achievements in tobacco control. He continues to play a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s fight against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
In January 2015, Dr. Senaratne also successfully obtained cabinet approval for the long-awaited National Medicine Drugs Policy (NMDP). Previously, in 2014, he received much acclaim for his work to transform the political landscape of Sri Lanka. Dr. Senaratne began his career as a dental surgeon after graduating from the University of Peradeniya in 1974.