Inspired by the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Sathya Sai Suva Sevana in Sri Lanka provides palliative care, infused with love and comfort, to terminally ill cancer patients, free of charge. “Suva” means well-being and “Sevana” means shelter. Inaugurated in July 2002, this hospice includes a unique Sarva Dharma shrine where the residents, regardless of faith, can pray together. Monthly Bhajans are also conducted by the Young Adults of the Sri Sathya Sai Center of Colombo. The residents are also given training in handicrafts and art. Final year medical undergraduates from the Faculty of Medicine, Malabe, undergo training in palliative medicine at this institution.
In recognition of the services provided at this Hospice, at a ceremony on October 9, 2021, the College of Palliative Medicine Sri Lanka, felicitated Dr. Visvanathar Jeganathan, Central Coordinator of SSSIO Zone 4, in appreciation of services rendered for the establishment of the Sri Sathya Sai Suva Sevana. The facilities available and services rendered at this Hospice were highlighted at the award ceremony. The award was presented to Dr. Jeganathan by His Excellency the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka in the presence of the Representative of the World Health Organization in Sri Lanka.