About MAGE
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This Charity is now closed
This site shows the work we have done from 2005 to 2010

Medical Aid to Galle and its Environs in South East Asia (MAGE) is a charity set up in January 2005 as a response to the Tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004. MAGE received charity status on the 18 March 2005. It was officially closed in January 2011.

Our Patrons
Professor Ariyananda, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka

Lady Braithwaite

Professor Susirith Mendis, Vice Chancellor, Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka

Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS, Regius Prof of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Trustees & Committee


Dr Michael Mars


Mr Chris Rocker


Dr Tony Sirimanna


Mr Patrick Foster


Dr Debbie Sell


Miss Alison Wisbeach


Professor Malik Gunawardene

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Galle, Sri Lanka

Professor Sanath Lamabadusuriya

Professor of Paediatrics, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professor Harendra Silva

Professor of Paediatrics, Medical Faculty, University of Kelaniya and former Chair National Child Protection Authority, Sri Lanka

Dr Ganananda Nanayakkara

Dental Surgeon and Senior Lecturer, & Head of Dept of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Galle, Sri Lanka

Dr Parakrama Wijekoon

Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Dental Faculty, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Professor Sheila Wirz

Professor of Disability and International development, Institute of Child Health, London, UK

Dr Pearl Hettiarachchi OBE FRCPsych

Former Consultant Psychiatrist, Portsmouth

Dr Michael Mars

Michael Mars was the Lead Consultant Orthodontist to the N Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Centre,Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He was founder and Chairman of Trustees of CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association) from 1979 to 2005. Director of Sri Lankan Cleft Lip and Palate Project from 1984 which has conducted collaborative programmes of treatment, teaching and research in 23 visits over 22 years. He is visiting professor to the Dental Faculty Peradeniya (Kandy) Sri Lanka  and Honorary DSc in Ruhuna University ((Galle). With other Great Ormond Street and Institute of Child Health colleagues he set up the first speech and language therapy training course in the Medical Faculty Kaleniya, Colombo.He lectures throughout the world as an acknowledged expert on the effects of surgery and it's timing on facial growth and speech in cleft lip and palate patients. He helped create MAGE in response to appeals from his long time friends and professional colleagues in Sri Lanka after the tsunami.

Mr Christopher Rocker

Christopher Rocker, born in 1948, educated at Harrow County School and Christ Church Oxford. Spent 26 years at the Chase Manhattan Bank, latterly as Managing Director and Global Head of Commodities and Natural Resources. Joined the Vitol group of Companies in 1999 as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. Now retired from business life, Mr Rocker is concentrating his charitable efforts on projects associated with India and Sri Lanka

Dr Tony Sirimanna

Dr Tony Sirimanna is a Consultant Physician in Audiological Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. He has worked in Sri Lanka as an ENT surgeon before becoming an audiological physician. He has been involved with charity work for the last 16 years.

Mr Patrick Foster

Patrick Foster has worked for 25 years in the investment banking business in London, Australasia and north America. He is presently international equities director at ICAP plc.

Dr Debbie Sell OBE

Debbie Sell was the Head of Speech and Language Therapy Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, and Lead Speech and Language Therapist for the North Thames Regional Cleft Service. She has long-term interest in Sri Lanka. She has been involved in the development of services for individuals with cleft lip and palate and related conditions, and also the development of the first Speech and Language Therapy course and profession in that country.

Miss Alison Wisbeach

Alison Wisbeach was the Head of Occupational Therapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and Clinical Unit Lead for Therapy Services. Her area of special interest is in the field of neurodisability. She is on the medical advisory committee for the Rett Syndrome Association UK.
Her long term interest in Bangladesh includes the development of services for children and young people with disabilities and the setting up of the first course for training "Developmental Therapists", in collaboration with British and Bagladeshi colleagues.

Professor Sheila Wirz

Sheila Wirz is Professor of Disability and International development at the Centre for International Child Health, at the Institute of Child Health, London and has wide experience of development projects and collaborative research in the field of public health and in disability in a variety of settings including South Asia

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This Charity is now closed
and the site shows the work we have done in Sri Lanka from Jan 2005 to Jan 2011