Professor Manuj C. Weerasinghe is a public health practitioner currently working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Community Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He completed MBBS, M.Sc. in Community Medicine, and MD in Community Medicine from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, USA focusing on health policies and health programme evaluation.
His postgraduate training is on epidemiology and biostatistics. Since he has undergone training on ethnography and qualitative methods. Skills developed in both quantitative and qualitative methods helped him to conduct research using mix methods in several successfully completed assignments.
Professor Manuj has been involved in research on many aspects of public health. Health disparities and health seeking behaviour in marginalized populations, adolescent health, public health programme evaluation, health financing and policy transition in developing countries, public health impact of international trade agreements and elderly health are some of the areas he has contributed.
Globalization has been a topic of interest to him for many years. He has been closely examining the effects of new trade treaties on medicines market. His work on effect of IPR on medicines is now published as a research report titled “Establishing a baseline to monitor public health implication of new Intellectual Property Rights regime on pharmaceuticals in Sri Lanka”. It is hosted by the WHO repository. He was also a member of the group developed the “Regional Framework on Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property” for the WHO SEARO in 2011