Our story began in 2005 when 2 women, who had battled with and survived cancer, had the same dream-to start a support group for cancer in Sri Lanka. Joined enthusiastically by their family members, friends, their doctors and other survivors, the dream was established in the form of a non-profit organisation  named Mithuruwela (translates as "Circle of Friends"), to help Sri Lankans not only to find support if they were cancer patients  but also to learn about a disease for which there still is no cure. The establishment in 2005 of Mithuruwela was timely- for by 2006, there were more than 10,000 patients registered at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Maharagama, the premier cancer hospital in the island.


Today as we proudly celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2015, we are a leading cancer NGO and still the only support group for cancer in Sri Lanka. We are recognized by and work with the NCI, the National Cancer Control Progamme (NCCP) of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization in Colombo and have a wealth of initiatives to our credit.


Support for activities comes from 

  • Cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers.
  • Medical and health-care personnel interested in providing information and support to cancer patients.
  • Volunteers (individuals, groups and corporate bodies) who would like to help those affected by cancer.


Ryhana Raheem and Mala Thalayasingam

Breast Cancer Survivors & Co-Founders of Mithuruwela

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