300 million people worldwide suffer with asthma. It is a leading cause of hospital admissions and loss of work and school hours in Malaysia. Most people suffering with asthma feel limited by this chronic, incurable illness.
However, asthma can be well controlled and with appropriate medical care almost everyone with asthma can live a normal life. Asthma Malaysia aims to be a reliable and credible online asthma resource and guide for patients and healthcare workers alike.
- To serve as a credible resource on asthma
- To raise awareness of best standards of care
- To empower patients in the management of their asthma
To be Malaysia’s leading portal for asthma with a view to creating more informed and empowered patients. We aim to ensure that asthma care in Malaysia is equal to the best in the world with a view to reducing the suffering and deaths associated with it.
We intend to evolve into an organisation that will proactively engage in research and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of asthma in Malaysia.
Sundari graduated from Ireland and subsequently completed her specialist respiratory postgraduate training in Cambridge, UK. Following this she worked as a Consultant in Pulmonary Hypertension at Papworth Hospital NHS Trust Cambridge, a tertiary cardiorespiratory referral centre in the UK.
Upon her return to Kuala Lumpur, under the Talentcorp returning expert program, Sundari has been involved in various educational endeavours including teaching of undergraduate students at University Malaya and continuous medical education for GPs.
Passionate about patient education and advocacy, Sundari believes that asthma is misunderstood, under-recognised and under-treated. This led to the formation of “Asthma Malaysia” together with her colleague Dr Helmy Haja Mydin. She also launched her first book, “I forget to breathe” a collection of poems to raise money for Asthma Malaysia in 2016.
Dr Helmy Haja Mydin is an internal and respiratory medicine consultant who completed his undergraduate and postgraduate respiratory training in the United Kingdom.
A Newcastle University graduate, Helmy also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals from Cornell University, USA. His areas of interest include patient education, tobacco control, smoking-related diseases and asthma.
Helmy represented Malaysia as a ‘Young Physician Leader’, an award bestowed by the InterAcademy Medical Panel based in Italy. He was also part of the British Thoracic Society’s Professional and Organisational Standards Committee.
Upon returning to Malaysia, Helmy was appointed an Associate Professor at Universiti Malaya and sat in the Ministry of Health’s Technical Committee on the Effects of Shisha and Electronic Cigarettes, He also co-founded SCOPE, a national training program on smoking cessation. He was elected to the Malaysian Thoracic Society's executive committee and sits on the Asia-Pacific Society of Respirology’s committee on education.
Professor Martyn R. Partridge has greatly influenced the course of respiratory medicine in both the UK and South East Asia. Martyn is the past President of the British Thoracic Society (BTS), previous Chief Medical Adviser to Asthma UK, a previous member of the GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) Executive and Chairman of their Dissemination Committee, and until its recent dissolution, he chaired the UK Department of Health (DH) Asthma Steering Group.
He was also the Senior Vice Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore and chaired the sub-committee of the Undergraduate Education Committee at Imperial College where he was also a deputy Director of Education. In 2006, he received a Rectors award for excellence in teaching. He is currently external examiner at three overseas Universities and Visiting Professor to Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia.
Martyn has received a Rotary International community and vocational service award for his previous work in establishing a NHS Palliative Medicine service and in 2011, he was named one of the UKs top 5 Chest Physicians in the Sunday Times list of top doctors. In 2015, he was awarded the British Thoracic Society Medal in recognition of his contribution to respiratory medicine, education and patient involvement, and to the work of the Society over many years.
Dato’ Syed Nadzri bin Syed Harun is a veteran journalist with 37 years of experience with sound knowledge of Malaysian political affairs. Apart from being the Editor-in-Chief of the Malay Mail, he also worked in the New Straits Times where he became Group Editor for six years.
Some of his greatest achievements include sweeping the National Press Institute’s Best Columnist Award in 2010 and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Press Club in 2012.
With significant influence in the national social and political landscape, his passions lie in taking small steps that lead to big differences. As an individual with asthma himself, he has a unique perspective that allows him to guide Asthma Malaysia towards being truly patient-centric. He is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma through education and advocacy.
Associate Professor Josip Car has unparalleled experience in both Europe and Asia.
Josip has worked with the World Health Organization, OECD, World Bank and the Global Fund. He is also a Board Member of BMC Medicine and Journal of Global Health, an Editor of the Cochrane Collaboration and has several other roles.
Josip has a track record of blending academic, policy, management and clinical work. His key skills, knowledge and results areas include digital health, mHealth, clinical leadership, health system innovations for quality improvement, and investigation of management of long-term diseases.
Josip has published over 170 scientific articles and attracted multi-million research income from a wide range of national and international funding bodies and industry. He has received for his work distinction awards, including the BMJ’s top ten reviewer, Department of Health and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, London regional health and social care award for primary care and community based integration, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
Professor Roslina Abdul Manap is a senior medical practitioner who has contributed to the development of respiratory medicine in Malaysia.
She is the Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician at UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC), managing patients with conditions affecting their lungs. She was appointed the President Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS), is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and is the Chair of the Respiratory Specialty Sub-committee of the National Specialist Register (NSR).
As a well-respected academician and a member of Lung Foundation of Malaysia’s Board of Trustees, she plays a significant role in educating both healthcare professionals and the public in Malaysia.
A Malaysian, aged 61
He holds a Bachelor of Science Economics Accounting from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Dato’ Hj Ikhwan Salim’s began his career in 1977, as an auditor with Coopers Lybrand, UK and joined Nestle (M) Sdn. Bhd. as Finance Executive in 1979. In 1980, he joined a subsidiary of General Corporation Berhad as the Group Finance Planning Manager of Kumpulan Low Keng Huat Sdn. Bhd. In 1982, he restured into business as Managing Director of Jaya Holdings Sdn. Bhd. In 1999, Dato’ Ikhwan Salim become Executive Chairman of Konsortium Jaringan Selangor Sdn. Bhd. Since 2003 he was Non-Executive Chairman of Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Berhad, in 9 February 2000, he was also appointed as an Independent Director as well as Chairman of the audit committee of Glomac Berhad. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Director in Land and General Berhad on 2007. In June, 2014 he was appointed as Director of A2A Capital Services Berhad.
Dato’ Ikhwan Salim’s was also a committee member of Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) and British Graduates Association of Malaysia (BGAM). He was a council member of the Petaling Jaya City Council.
He was appointed as a member of Parliament as a Senator in the Upper House for two consecutive terms 2004 – 2010.
Dato’ Haji Ikhwan Salim bin Dato’ Haji Sujak also sits on the Board of several private companies in Malaysia and public listed companies, Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Berhad, Glomac Berhad, Land And General Berhad.
Mr Jaya Muneswarao is a pharmacist with special interest in respiratory medicine. He graduated with Bachelor of Pharmacy from UCSI in 2005. He is also a degree holder in Biomedical Science (UKM). He was awarded Master of Pharmacy (Clinical Pharmacy) by the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, USM in 2012.
Mr Jaya was the head of Clinical Pharmacy Unit and Respiratory Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic (RMTAC) in Kulim Hospital until December 2016. He was appointed as the Medical Ward Pharmacy Preceptor by the Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health (MOH) in 2014.
Mr Jaya was selected as a preceptor for the Pharmacy Students Internship Program, University Of Qatar and served as a member of the Industrial and Community Advisory Panel (ICAP), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, USM. He is the former vice president of the Clinical Pharmacy Working Committee (Respiratory Subspecialty), Pharmaceutical Services Division, MOH.
Due to his interest in research, he was appointed as an editorial support member of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (JOPPP). Mr Jaya has presented his researches in many conferences and won several awards such as best oral presentation at the Malaysian Thoracic Society (MTS) Annual Congress (2016), 8th National Pharmacy R&D Conference (2014) and Kedah Pharmacy R&D Seminar (2014)
Mr Jaya is also an author of the new Malaysian Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Management of Asthma in Adults. This CPG was launched in May 2018. His interests include pharmacotherapy for asthma/COPD, pulmonary drug delivery, inhaler devices, tuberculosis and patient-centred care programs. Currently, Mr Jaya is undertaking his PhD degree at USM.