Remembering Dr Gwen Smith

The late Dr Gwendolen Smith, consultant paediatrician, is remembered by many with great fondness for her dedication as a clinician as well as her passion in advocating for children’s health and well-being. One of only two paediatricians in Malaysia in the 1960s, Dr Smith was part of a pioneering group of specialists that established many…

MPA 40th Anniversary

We have reached 40 years of growth and achievement! Times might have changed but not our passion. We take a look back at our legacy and how it has shaped our profession and its future. We have reached 40 years of growth and achievement! Times might have changed but not our passion. We take a…

Medical Speak: Separating vaccine facts from fiction

By Musa Mohd Nordin The Greeks (429 BC) first observed that those who survived small pox did not get re-infected (immune memory). Buddhist nuns (900 AD) pounded the smallpox scabs (the antigen which stimulates the immune response) and practised variolation, where healthy people inhaled the powder to prevent against smallpox. Turkish physicians (1700 AD) used…

Vaccine-preventable diseases spike

KUALA LUMPUR: Misinformation about vaccines has led to a huge increase in vaccine-preventable diseases, with almost a 1,000% increase in the number of measles cases compared to five years ago. The number of measles cases jumped from 195 cases in 2013 to 1,934 cases last year, said the Health Ministry in a statement. From the…

Bill Gates: My ‘best investment’ turned $10 billion into $200 billion worth of economic benefit

Bill Gates and the return on investment in vaccinations from CNBC. Investing in global health organizations aimed at increasing access to vaccines created a 20-to-1 return in economic benefit, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told CNBC on Wednesday. Over the past two decades, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated “a bit more than $10 billion”…