Sri Lankans are living in unprecedented times. Since 2020, the last 3 years have been tumultuous, with extreme stressors borne by the public and the healthcare system. First came the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by a downward spiral in Sri Lanka’s economy. This has resulted in restrictions on the provision of and access to healthcare services. People are struggling to buy food, fuel, medicine, and other essentials which has brought political unrest and violence.

Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. What it means is that it’s an opportunity to do things you think “you could not do before.” In today’s challenging context, it is with this positive mindset that the new Council and I take the reins of the Epilepsy Association of Sri Lanka.