Saukya means health in Sinhala. Since its inception in 2015, Project Saukya had been partnering with Rajarata University’s health promotion faculty in Sri Lanka, partnering with both local and Singaporean nephrologists, to reduce the burden of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu).
During the COVID period, Project Saukya instead found local opportunities. Under the mentorship of Prof Yun Xia, members got the chance to hone their wet lab skills growing human stem cell-derived kidney organoids. Partnering with NKF, a series of Zoom support group sessions were set up for kidney dialysis patients.
The unfortunate 2019 tragedy and the political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka meant that Project Saukya had to divert its resources towards a different destination: Vietnam. A trip to the Ha Nam province to help Hanoi Medical University with health screening and promotion efforts is slated for July this year.
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Rajarata University of Sri Lanka