KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah congratulated Malaysia’s very own infectious disease expert, Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman for her appointment as the member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Science Council.
The King also expressed his joy and pride in the appointment as the council is a high-level scientific advisory group comprising world-renowned academics, hence making Malaysia one of the forces to be reckoned with in the global arena.
Al-Sultan Abdullah described Dr Adeeba’s appointment as not only a recognition for her as a high-performance individual but also for Malaysia as a whole.
“It inadvertently proves that Malaysia is capable of producing high quality, credible and world-class expert,” said His Majesty as stated in the statement posted on Istana Negara’s official Facebook page today.
His Majesty also wished all the best to Dr Adeeba and prayed that she would create more excellent success stories and able to keep the Malaysia flag flying high.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also hoped that the success would inspire all Malaysians to work harder and strive for success in their respective fields.
The WHO Science Council acts as the voice of scientific leadership in giving recommendations and advice on scientific and technological advances that can directly impact global health.
Members of the council comprise internationally renowned experts with excellent track records in their respective fields as well as having a recognised understanding of global health.
With over 30 years of experience in medicine, Dr Adeeba is also chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and executive member of the Malaysian AIDS Council.
She has also been active in leading and organising HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, apart from having founded the Centre of Excellence for Research in AIDS which carried out research in various disciplines of HIV in terms of clinical, public health and related policies.
In 2013 and 2014, she was honoured by being featured in The Lancet and Science journals.
Last year, Dr Adeeba made history as the first Asian to be appointed as President of the International AIDS Society. - Bernama