Vinya Ariyaratne, MPH, MSc (Community Medicine), MD (Community Medicine), is the General Secretary of Sarvodaya Shramadana Sangamaya. He holds a Doctorate in Medicine from De La Salle University Philippines and a Doctorate in Community Medicine from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo, while he has also obtained an M.Sc. in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo and a Masters in Public Health (International Health) from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Ariyaratne has been a Visiting Fellow of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK and has contributed to the corpus of medical literature through articles published in medical journals. He also served as a Lecturer in Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.