Combating AMR: Are Antibiotics Necessary When Nursing Upper Respiratory Infections? September 25, 2023
It is essential for health care professionals and patients alike to exercise caution when considering antibiotic treatment, reserving them for situations where they are truly warranted.
Families’ Wellbeing Impacted By Unpaid Care Work, Children’s Exposure To Online Threats: Aiman Athirah September 23, 2023
KPWKM’s deputy minister cited a study conducted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which found that all over the world, women undertake 76.4 per cent of unpaid care work, spending on average 4 hours and 32 minutes a day on it, compared to men who only spend 1 hour and 24 minutes on unpaid care work.
Government Finally Forms Children’s Development Department Under KPWKM September 18, 2023
The new Children’s Development Department under the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry replaces the child division under JKM, effective since last Sept 1. Minister Nancy Shukri says the new department will tackle child neglect and abuse.
Restoring The Symphony Of Sound: The Transformative Power Of Cochlear Implants September 15, 2023
Research has shown that cochlear implantation before age 5 can profoundly impact a child’s auditory development and provide lifelong advantages for children with hearing loss.
Dettol And Ministry Of Health Unite For A Hygiene-Focused Wellness Month Celebration September 12, 2023
As the nation continues to recover from the pandemic, Malaysia’s leading antibacterial brand gets on board to offer hygiene solutions to communities across the country.
Five Years Of CSE Can Reduce Unintended Adolescent Pregnancies By 49%, Avert 62% of New HIV Infections: UNFPA Report September 11, 2023
CSE can avert approximately 1,800 live births from unintended pregnancies and prevent total loss of lifetime earnings of roughly RM215,834,000. Additionally, it can reduce the incidence of HIV by 823 cases, which multiplied by the monetary value of one averted case of HIV (between RM516,953 and RM1,550,800), is worth between RM425,519,800 and RM1,276,559,600.
An Ecosystem Approach To Address Respiratory Syncytial Virus in Malaysia September 7, 2023
RSV is a highly contagious respiratory infection that affects premature infants or babies younger than six months old who have compromised immune systems, lungs, and heart.
Standard Chartered Drives Inclusion With 20-Week Paid Parental Leave For All Employees September 6, 2023
The enhanced benefits are part of the bank’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture, where employees are supported in balancing their personal lives with building successful careers.
Understanding The A,B,Cs Of Hepatitis In Children September 5, 2023
Usually, treatments in children will focus on supporting the patient’s general condition or reversal of existing damage if possible.
One Averted Death From Cervical Cancer In Malaysia Worth Up To RM2.6 Million: UNFPA Report September 4, 2023
Strategy to eliminate cervical cancer should include both HPV vaccination and HPV screening for optimal results.
Early Detection Key To Outcome Of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment August 30, 2023
Servier Malaysia and National Cancer Society join hands to drive disease awareness and highlight support services available.
‘Together, Gather’ Campaign Emphasises Importance Of Female Friendships In Beating Breast Cancer August 29, 2023
The Together, Gather Breast Cancer Awareness campaign includes four interactive online workshops featuring live Q&As with breast cancer experts, offering the public rare direct access to their expertise and a documentary series featuring a breast cancer survivor who shares practical insights from her experience.
Malaysia Endorses Commonwealth Roadmap On Fast-Tracking Gender Equality August 28, 2023
Women’s affairs ministers have pledged to enhance efforts to address inequality in several Commonwealth priority areas over the coming years.
WAO Launches New Logo, Will Double Efforts In Creating A Safe Nation For Women And Children August 23, 2023
The new logo complements WAO’s initiatives over the past 40 years in combating violence against women in all forms.
Pacific Senior Living Commemorates World Senior Citizen Day August 22, 2023
The partnership with Columbia Asia seeks to deliver top-notch senior health care services to residents of Pacific Senior Living in Malaysia.
Malaysia Must Address Stagnant Maternal Mortality Ratio: UNFPA Report August 21, 2023
Poor quality maternal health care is emerging as a more significant barrier to reducing MMR than insufficient access.
Bonding Through Breastfeeding August 18, 2023
Mothers who breastfeed experience quicker post-delivery recovery, reduced postpartum bleeding, and aids in weight loss.
Let’s Keep An Eye On Our Children’s Sight August 17, 2023
Dr Chin Pik Kee, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City’s paediatric ophthalmologist recommends that children not start playing with digital gadgets until they reach two-years-old, and for children below 10-years-old, to limit recreational screen time to a maximum of two hours a day, with breaks in between.
UNFPA Report: Malaysia’s LFPR Gender Gap Higher Than Other OECD Countries; Female LFPR Among The Lowest In ASEAN August 14, 2023
If the gap in labour productivity is not addressed, Malaysia runs the risk of being stuck in the “middle-income trap”, whereby significant labour productivity gaps hinder the transition of upper-middle-income countries to high-income country status.
Fertility Made Accessible: Cashless IVF With EPF August 7, 2023
Sunfert is making possible financial solutions for fertility treatments through the usage of EPF Account 2.
Helping Working Mothers Overcome Challenges In Their Breastfeeding Journey August 4, 2023
With the proper knowledge, support, and determination, parents can continue providing their babies with the nutritional and emotional benefits of breastfeeding while pursuing their careers.
UNFPA Report: Malaysia’s Total Fertility Rate Decreasing Over Time August 1, 2023
The difference in fertility rates are linked to differences in contraceptive use and propensity to marriage among ethnic groups.
Freeze Now, Fertilize Later: Cryopreservation As A Means For Managing Parenthood July 13, 2023
The act of safely freezing and storing eggs and sperm can help couples planning for parenthood to protect and extend their fertility.
UNFPA Malaysia Celebrates 50 Years Of Progress Together With National Partners July 12, 2023
The event featured the launch of the much-anticipated report Enhancing Human Capital Through Sexual and Reproductive Health Investments and Family Support Policies in Malaysia.
Danone Study Reveals One-Third Of Malaysian Children At Risk Of Anaemia July 10, 2023
Danone’s Iron Strong Study reveals that one-third of Malaysian children aged below 4-years-old are at risk of anaemia. Both urban and rural children are identified as susceptible to anaemia.
MOH’s Heal Hotline Received 18,264 Calls In First 7 Months Of Operation July 7, 2023
169 calls were from people who were suffering from suicidal ideation or attempted suicide. 67 cases of suicidal ideation were given intervention, while 102 cases of attempted suicide were taken to the hospital for further treatment.
354,945 “Illegitimate” Children Recorded In Malaysia From 2013 To May 2023 July 6, 2023
LPPKN’s Policy and Plan of Action Reproductive Health and Social Education (PEKERTI) emphasises the importance of developing reproductive health comprehension and safety skills, says Nancy Shukri.
Pertussis Cases In Malaysia Surge Up From 11 Cases in 2021 To 101 Cases In 2022 July 5, 2023
The numbers continue to rise with 161 cases as of May 31, 2023, out of which 78 per cent are among children under seven.
Women In 38.8% Of Top Management Roles In Malaysian Public Service Sector July 4, 2023
21% of PLCs have at least 30% of women on their board of directors, while 24% of GLCs have at least 30% on their board of directors.
18,750 Cases Of Child Abuse, 13,529 Cases Of Domestic Violence in Malaysia From 2020 to 2022 July 3, 2023
The establishment of a special department for children will be the start of a more progressive direction for the safety and wellbeing of children in Malaysia, says Nancy Shukri.
Male Infertility On The Rise In Malaysia June 30, 2023
It is commonly misconceived that infertility is predominantly a female issue, but in reality, the chances of infertility are equally split between couples, with a 50-50 ratio.
ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital Offers Patients A Comprehensive And Connected Orthopaedic Ecosystem June 28, 2023
The benefits of single-specialty hospitals are mainly achieving increased patient satisfaction, better patient outcomes, and more cost-effective treatments.
Supporting Women’s Health Through SJMC’S ‘If Not Now, When? #endcervicalcancer’ Campaign June 26, 2023
SJMC successfully organised a series of community outreach initiatives, completing over 300 HPV screenings for women in Selangor, surpassing their initial target.
Geriatric Care: More Than Just A Treatment, It Is Caring For Elders Holistically June 22, 2023
As the world grapples with the challenges posed by an ageing population, it is essential to start investing in geriatric care services and health care systems for your loved ones.
Two In Three Children In Malaysia Exposed To Violent Punishment: NHMS Survey June 21, 2023
The survey also found that two in three boys are exposed to violent punishment, while three in four children aged four to five are exposed to violent punishment.
NHMS Survey: Almost Half A Million Women In Malaysia Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence June 20, 2023
The survey also found that one in five women experienced controlling behaviour by their partners.
Get Educated And Be Certified As The First Ever Durex Expert June 19, 2023
Durex is schooling youths on the ins and outs of intimacy and staying safe to address the rise in sexual activity.
Growth Watch Month Aimed At Curbing Increase In Childhood Stunting In Malaysia June 15, 2023
Growth Watch Month is largely dedicated to identifying children and adolescents who are either stunted or at risk of stunting.
Make-A-Wish Malaysia Organises Charity Golf Tournament To Support Children June 14, 2023
By partnering with Make-A-Wish Malaysia, SKSMC hopes to reach more children battling life-threatening diseases and provide them with both emotional and financial support for their overall wellbeing.
The ABCs Of HFMD (Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease) June 13, 2023
With 9,822 cases reported so far in 2023, Dr Erwin Khoo from IMU counsels parents on what to do when their child is affected and how to keep the rest of the family safe.
NHMS Survey: 33% Of Women In Malaysia Had Unplanned Pregnancies In 2022 June 12, 2023
Only 34.5 per cent of women used current modern contraceptive methods and 26.7 per cent of women did not get family planning as they needed.
Number Of Unvaccinated And Incompletely Vaccinated Children In Malaysia Increasing: NHMS Survey June 9, 2023
The number of children in the country with incomplete vaccination has risen by 2.5 times, while the number of unvaccinated Malaysian children has gone up by 10 times since 2016.
World Infertility Awareness Month: Breaking The Stigma June 8, 2023
TMC Fertility launches free IVF consultation to help couples navigate infertility with professional medical support and knowledge.
Perimenopaus And Menopause: Knowing What To Expect June 7, 2023
Hot flashes and disturbed sleep are common hallmarks of menopause, but many women remain unaware of the facts surrounding this natural process.
9 in 10 Mothers Not Aware They Suffer From Postnatal Depression: NHMS Survey June 2, 2023
Postnatal depression was more common among mothers living in urban areas and younger age mothers.
Diabetes, High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy On The Rise: NHMS Survey June 1, 2023
Mothers who suffered from diabetes in pregnancy rose from 13.5 per cent in 2016 to 27.1 per cent in 2022, while the number of women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy went up from 5.8 per cent in 2016 to 6.5 per cent in 2022.
Partnering To Shine The Light On Lupus May 31, 2023
Lupus is a lifelong battle that can be managed with proper treatment and a supportive environment.
There’s No Shame In Having Your Period May 25, 2023
Panellists at a discussion organised by Kotex said that girls and women should not have to whisper when talking about periods or hide their sanitary pads in shame.
Child Marriages Down 20% From 2020 To 2021: Nancy Shukri May 24, 2023
Muslim children largely outnumber non-Muslim children in child marriages, comprising 77 per cent of child marriages in 2020 and 88.5 per cent of child marriages in 2021.
Government Forms Special Committee For Muslim LGBT Issues May 23, 2023
The committee, which was set up through JAKIM, comprises ministries, departments, agencies, and NGOs that will coordinate LGBT issues among Muslims, from the education, advocacy, guidance, and enforcement perspectives.
Kotex Awards RM100,000 To 10 Schools To Eradicate Period Stigma And Taboo May 18, 2023
Progress is not truly possible if almost half of the population is held back due to societal taboos and something biological like period, said Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Nancy Shukri.
Kisah Tiga Wanita: Didera Seksual Ayah Kandung, Onani Berkumpulan, Pengalaman Pahit Di Tinder May 16, 2023
Tiga wanita yang pernah mengalami gangguan seksual berkata pendidikan seksual komprehensif, konsep autonomi tubuh, batasan dan persetujuan seksual perlu diajar dan diterapkan supaya kaum wanita mengetahui apa yang selamat dan sesuai bagi mereka.
Mother’s Day Brings A Different Meaning To Different Moms May 12, 2023
If you are struggling with infertility and the idea of Mother’s Day feels like a minefield of grief and loss, here are a few self-care suggestions to help you cope.
Preventing Stroke In Your Prime: Identifying Risks, Recognising Symptoms, And Pursuing Recovery May 11, 2023
Occurrences of stroke is rising amongst the younger generation, but there are ways to prevent, manage and getting a better chance of recovery with the help of robotic rehabilitation.
Changing Media Landscape A Double Edged Sword For Sexual Health Education, Awareness May 9, 2023
Consider the source and consume information discerningly, whether delivered online or in-person, to ensure you are receiving correct and accurate information about sexual health, experts say.
ALTY Hospital’s Scoliosis Awareness Campaign Returns To Advocate Early Screening May 8, 2023
The campaign is running for the second year in a row and continues to focus on awareness-raising initiatives through screenings at pharmacies and schools.
Experts: Expand Conversation On Sexual Health To Prevent Stigma And Shame May 3, 2023
“The biggest challenges and stumbling blocks we face is that there are many agencies that feel this issue should not be spoken about in the public domain because of the sensitivity of the subject,” said Dr Kamal Kenny, chairman of FRHAM.
Preventing Vision Loss Due To Diabetes May 2, 2023
Diabetic retinopathy has reached epidemic proportions as Malaysia spends 16 per cent of its national health care budget on diabetes.
Realiti Pengguguran Di Malaysia: Tidak Mudah Diakses Dan Mahal April 27, 2023
Menurut Hannah, seorang wanita muda yang telah menjalani pengguguran, kos yang dikenakan untuk prosedur itu adalah sekitar RM2,500; Ini boleh dianggap agak mahal dan tidak semua wanita mampu untuk membayar.
Health Care Professionals’ Bad Bedside Manners Made Abortion Horrible, Degrading: Young Malaysian Woman April 26, 2023
Sharlini had to contend with a snarky nurse-receptionist and a doctor who chuckled when she said she wanted an abortion.
Why Decriminalising Suicide Is Not Enough April 19, 2023
Malaysia’s move to decriminalise suicide is a positive step but much more is needed to help those suffering.
Seven Nutritious Options For A Healthy Hari Raya April 13, 2023
Many dishes are prepared and consumed as part of the festivities, making it easy to overindulge, hence it is important to prioritise your health and wellbeing this Raya.
Is Malaysia Serious About Tackling Child Marriage? April 3, 2023
There are still many loopholes in Malaysia’s legal system that allow underage girls to be married.
Kesedaran Autonomi Tubuh Tidak Boleh Dipandang Ringan March 31, 2023
Autonomi tubuh merujuk kepada kemampuan seseorang untuk membuat pilihan atas tubuhnya sendiri tanpa menghadapi paksaan atau kekerasan dari pihak lain.
Women Must Advocate For Themselves In Health Care, Doctors Say March 27, 2023
At an all-female panel discussion at Aurelius Hospital Nilai, doctors emphasise self-care for women and the importance of women advocating themselves and their journey in the health care system.
Sunway Medical Centre’s Dedicated Women: A Glimpse Into Their Lives Beyond Medicine March 23, 2023
This International Women’s Day, Sunway Medical Centre celebrates the dedicated women in health care who tirelessly give themselves to their patients, who then go home and give another 100 per cent to their families.
Building Sustainable Health Care Access Through A Pay What Patients Can Afford Programme March 22, 2023
Axios’s Patient Support Programs takes into account other factors beyond formal income, such as assets and standards of living, to determine a patient’s ability to pay for medical treatment.
Why Are Unmarried Women Having Difficulty Accessing Contraceptives When MOH Has No Policy Against It? March 21, 2023
A klinik kesihatan doctor says it is in their KPIs to increase the registration of unmarried women between the ages of 15 to 49 who are able to conceive to come to their pre-pregnancy clinic (PPC) to get contraceptives.
Sunway Medical Centre Advocates Kidney Health For All March 15, 2023
It is projected that the number of end stage kidney disease patients on dialysis in Malaysia will hit 106,000 in 2040.
Poor Oral Care In Children: A Hidden Epidemic March 13, 2023
Bleeding gums and rotten teeth affects almost three quarters of preschool children in Malaysia, and this can have severe consequences on a child’s wellbeing and development.
Managing The Itch: What Should Parents Know About Childhood Eczema March 10, 2023
Eczema and allergies can be frustrating for both patient and parents, but knowing what triggers them and how to manage these conditions can be a game changer.
Sunway Medical Centre Prepares Expectant Parents For Labour, Birth, And Parenting Through Antenatal Parentcraft Workshop March 9, 2023
The antenatal workshop delves into topics that range from prenatal to postnatal care, as well as vaccination and fitness.
Prince Court Medical Centre Embraces Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion With 30% Club Malaysia March 9, 2023
The Malaysian chapter of the 30% Club was launched in May 2015 with the aim of improving diversity on Malaysian corporate boards and senior management.
Putting The Spotlight On Being Fertility Wise March 8, 2023
For women concerned about their fertility, perhaps the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone, and you have the power to take charge of your health.
More Women Parliamentarians Crucial To Tackling Bigotry March 8, 2023
As a peacebuilding measure, having more women in politics can help tackle racial tension.
Unplanned Pregnancy Is A Top Concern Among Malaysian Women March 3, 2023
Alpro Pharmacy and Bayer launch Alpro Birth Control Teleconsult for personalised, professional advice on family planning.
Childhood Kidney Cancer: Spilling The Beans March 2, 2023
Parents should be aware of common childhood cancer symptoms and signs, and knowing when to seek medical attention.
Government To Provide Grants To Encourage Women’s Return To Workforce February 24, 2023
The Prime Minister also urged employers to provide child care centres in the workplace to support working mothers.
Budget 2023: Government Will Establish Unit To Combat Child Pornography February 24, 2023
A Child Development Department will also be set up to provide children with more comprehensive support services.
“I Need Help”: The Silent Cries Of Students Suffering From Mental Health Issues February 15, 2023
With one in three Malaysian adults suffering from mental health problems, and reports showing high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among students, it is time to take this matter seriously.
Everything You Wanted To Know About Freezing Your Eggs And Sperm February 14, 2023
Fertility preservation methods allow couples to embrace parenthood on their own terms.
Anti-Stalking Bills To Be Tabled Again In Dewan Rakyat February 9, 2023
Improvements have been made to the bills following engagement sessions with stakeholders, said Ramkarpal Singh.
Eat Like A Rabbit For A Healthy And Prosperous New Year January 18, 2023
As 2023 marks the ushering in of the year of the Rabbit, one way we can look towards doing so this year is by taking a page out of this furry little creature’s diet and incorporate more veggies and vegan foods into our busy lives.
Perundangan Malaysia Membenarkan Pengguguran Kandungan January 9, 2023
Pakar O&G Dr Jamiyah Hassan menyifatkan undang-undang pengguguran di Malaysia pada kebiasaannya adalah kabur.
Fibroids, Cysts, And Everything In Between January 6, 2023
While common among women, the differences between mostly asymptomatic conditions such as fibroids and cysts may not be clear to patients.
Why Malaysia’s Maternal Deaths Skyrocketed In 2021 January 4, 2023
Lack of access to antenatal care, safe delivery, and family planning during the Covid-19 pandemic caused Malaysia’s maternal mortality rate to shoot up, says Dr John Teo.
Understanding And Preventing The Risks Of Osteoporosis In Women Aged 40 And Above – Dr Mark Chong December 29, 2022
It is important to note that in the first five to seven years of menopause, women are at greater risk of losing 20 per cent of bone density, making them susceptible to osteoporosis.
Synapse Offers A Path To Better Health Through Early-Stage Genetic Insights December 23, 2022
Synapse’s Newborn Screening Baby service helps to detect over 40 inherited metabolic diseases also known as Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM), which can sometimes be fatal.
Fact Or Fiction: Debunking Myths Of Breast Reconstruction December 22, 2022
Patients who had breast reconstruction are happier because they can get on with their day-to-day activities such as going to the gym, swimming, attending functions, and wearing their favourite dresses.
Sunway Medical Centre Organises Paediatric Type 1 Diabetes Support Group December 21, 2022
Diabetes leads to serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, vision loss, and problems with wound healing.
UNFPA: Reproductive Rights Ensure Women Have Flexibility In Strategising Their Workforce Participation December 19, 2022
Reduce the gender gap in pay leave, use media campaigns to challenge social norms and provide women with financial control through digital bank accounts are some of the recommended ways to address Malaysia’s low FLFPR.
Minister: Invest In Women’s Reproductive Health For Malaysia’s Economic Recovery December 15, 2022
Women’s Minister Nancy Shukri tells MWGF that investing in women’s sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights is an investment in women’s economic independence and Malaysia’s guaranteed economic growth and recovery.
Malaysia Women And Girls Forum 2022: Expanding Women’s Rights Through Economic Equity December 14, 2022
Local and regional experts will share their thoughts on the barriers faced by women in achieving economic independence and various ways to address them.
Overcoming Barriers To Justice For Women Impacted By Gender-Based Violence December 8, 2022
“Patriarchy is best described as an instilled sense of social hierarchy which marginalises women and subordinates them to men, thus ensuring internalised discrimination in our structures, including the legal system,” said Vilashini Somiah from University of Malaya.
Terengganu Shariah Also Criminalises Childbirth Under Six Months From Marriage December 6, 2022
Terengganu’s Shariah criminal law punishes out-of-wedlock pregnancy and childbirth with max 3 years’ jail, max 6 strokes of whipping, or max RM5,000 fine, or any combination.
OB-GYNs Warn Of Unsafe Abortions, Baby Dumping From Terengganu Out-Of-Wedlock Pregnancy Ban December 5, 2022
The Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia notes that Malaysia‘s maternal mortality rate in 2021 was the highest in four decades.
Paediatricians Warn Terengganu Of Maternal, Infant Deaths With Pregnancy Criminalisation December 5, 2022
The Malaysian Paediatric Association says criminalising pregnancy and childbirth may increase maternal and infant mortality, with unsafe abortions and baby dumping.
Terengganu Criminalises Pregnancy, Childbirth For Single Muslim Women December 2, 2022
It’s unclear if the Terengganu Shariah amendment exempts rape victims or if Muslim health care professionals will be prosecuted for providing maternity care to unmarried Muslim women.
Online Activism Both A Boon And A Bane In Fighting Gender-Based Violence November 28, 2022
Digital activism has helped women find their voices but, as in the real world, they are still subject to harassment online.
Universities Find They Can’t Silence Victims Of Sexual Assault November 23, 2022
In the face of silence from their universities, students have taken to social media to demand better action against sexual harassment and assault.