• Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

  • Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

  • Medical Research Institute - Sri Lanka

17th September 2019-Patient safety highlighted with new international day

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2019


While healthcare has brought enormous benefits to mankind, it is not without risks.

Adverse events due to unsafe care are one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability globally.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there is a one-in-3,000,000 risk of dying while traveling by airplane.

In contrast, the risk of dying due to a preventable medical accident while receiving health care, is estimated to be one in 300.

In fact, as many as one in every 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care in high-income countries.

Meanwhile, WHO estimates that 134 million adverse events occur annually due to unsafe care in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries, contributing to 2.6 million deaths annually and the harming of every four out of 10 patients in primary and ambulatory settings, of which up to 80% of cases. (Quoted from: https://www.star2.com/health/2019/09/17/world-patient-safety-day/)

In Parallel Medical Research Institute has planned some activities and improve awareness by variety of programmes on 17th September 2019.

Launching of this new website is one of the major activity and we had public awareness exhibition during the whole day especially for school children at MRI premises.


Medical Research Institute

Posted by: | Posted on: July 13, 2018

Medical Research Institute – Colombo

A unique partner in making a healthy Sri Lanka, completes 119 years of service to the nation

The Medical Research Institute [MRI] of Sri Lanka is the premier center in the country for bio-medical and applied health research. MRI conducts research in diversified areas in the fields of Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Rabies, Nutrition, Biochemistry, Histo-Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Entomology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Mycology, Health Informatics and Animal Studies.
The MRI was built by Mr.J.W.C. de Soysa, in commemoration of Her Majesty Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The ceremonial opening was conducted by the Governor of Ceylon, Sir Joseph West Ridgeway, on 31st January 1900 and initially named as “The Soysa Bacteriological Institute”. Sir Marcus Fernando, a consultant physician of the General Hospital, Colombo was appointed in an acting capacity as the first head of the institute. Later Dr.Joseph Silva and Dr.S.C.Paul too acted as the director of the institute for a short period.
In 1903, Dr. Aldo Castellani, Professor of Pathology was appointed as the first Director of the MRI. Dr.Castellani had a global reputation as the discoverer of the etiology of Sleeping Sickness in 1902 in Sub- Saharan Africa. In Sri Lanka, he conducted a large number of pioneer research studies in  the fields of microbiology and parasitology. As the Director of the MRI he introduced various laboratory tests for the diagnosis of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infestations for the first time in Sri Lanka. Dr.Castellani also introduced vaccination for typhoid infections. In 1909 a vaccine unit to manufacture small pox and anti-typhoid vaccines was established.