Articles by Challenges team

Rajvin Kaur Randhawa – living with cerebral palsy.

  Rajvin Kaur was born premature on 24th June, 1985. As such , her lungs were under-developed and she had to be placed in an incubator with oxygen. Soon after birth she developed jaundice. The lack of oxygen to her brain caused cerebral palsy; luckily only the motor centre of the brain was affected while the rest of the brain functioned normally. Rajvin Kaur, a “Miracle Child”.   Rajvin attributed her survival to her parents. Her father, Dr. Pall Singh, was a doctor and as such understood her condition and made every effort to help his physically challenged daughter to … Continued

Muhamad Ashraf with his medals


  by  Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham     My name is Muhamad Ashraf. I was born 22 years ago in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. I studied at SMK Batu Sepuluh Setiawan, Perak and was very active in athletics. Every year, I represented my school, district and state in cross country and 1500m events. I aspired to don the national colours and represent Malaysia in athletics. On 12 January 2013, I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Lumut which changed my life. I was hospitalised at the Ipoh General Hospital with what I thought was a minor injury. Unfortunately, doctors … Continued

picture of members of the saudi arabia paralympic team

Preparatory Camp for Saudi Paralympic Team in Kuala Lumpur

 by Majed Mohammed Alhumaid 26 athletes from the Saudi Paralympic Team will compete in three sports (athletics, powerlifting and wheelchair basketball) in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia (6-13 October 2018). The Saudi national team had been preparing for the competition in Kuala Lumpur from 13 September to 2 October. The athletes came together with their coaches and administrators with the support of the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Turki Al-Alshikh, and the Saudi government. Their preparatory camp in Kuala Lumpur is evidence of the close cooperation between the Saudi Arabian Federation for Sports for Special Needs and … Continued

Disability sports research centre at University Malaya

Disability Sport Research Centre launched in University Malaya

  by Selina Khoo   The University of Malaya Disability Sport Research Centre was established in April 2018 and launched on 11 July 2018 by YB Senator Puan Bathmavathi Krishnan during the 15th Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. The establishment of this research centre is timely as Malaysia is focussed on doing well at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo after the inspiring performances of the Malaysian athletes at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. It was the first time that the country has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games. Although there … Continued


KI INTERNATIONAL DEAF ARTIST EXHIBITION 2018 launched in Kuala Lumpur   Maybank Foundation launched the International Deaf Artist Exhibition 2018 at Balai Seni, Menara Maybank on September 24, 2018. Being the first international deaf artist exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur, it showcase the diversity of culture, tradition and heritage.  This is a gathering of talented deaf artists from around the world such as Korea, Vietnam, India, France, Italy, Russia and Malaysia. ‘Rentak Seribu Warna’ (Rhythm Of A 1000 Colours) has been carefully selected as the theme to portray interpretations of life, people, culture and local sceneries from various countries.  This … Continued

Staying Strong to Help Darshana Grow Taller

  By Mrs Jeyamany Palanivel   When I first learned that my daughter Darshana was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Disorder (GHD), I was very scared. The thought of what was going to happen to her in the future kept playing in my mind. I was very worried. I never expected her to have GHD as my older daughter is rather tall and the rest of my family members are all of average height.   Before her GHD diagnosis was confirmed, my husband and I had taken Darshana to the clinic to regularly monitor her growth as she was always the … Continued


KUALA LUMPUR:  Novo Nordisk Pharma (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Novo Nordisk) launched ‘It’s More Than Height – It’s Health Awareness Campaign’ to drive greater understanding on Growth Disorders in children and the potential impact on their health. This campaign which highlights the need to monitor growth patterns in their early years  also coincides with the  International Children’s Growth Awareness Day which takes place each year on 20th September. It is every parent’s desire that their children grow healthy, tall and smart. Parents will provide the best possible nutrition, care and opportunities to nurture this growth. What if, despite all their best … Continued

My Child ‘Re-schooled’ Me as a Paediatrician

  By Dr. Hon Mun Cheng   My name is Dr. Hon Mun Cheng and I’m a practising paediatrician. I am also an attending physician to many babies. It is always a delight to see these babies grow up healthy and see the smiles on the faces of their parents.   From my personal observation, most parents are understandably worried for their baby’s growth and health. There is a fear that something may go wrong. I am always there to reassure them and hold their hands. I have always been the one offering medical advice and counsel.   13 years … Continued

MEET ‘MAYA’: YOUR NEW BFF, Best Friends For Family Panning

  Bayer empowers women on family planning to mark World Contraception Day 2018 In conjunction with World Contraception Day celebrated on September 26, a technology-driven chatbot called, ‘ASK MAYA’ was launched at Strangers Café @ 47, Petaling Jaya on September 20, 2018, which is supported by a coalition of 17 international partners and sponsored by Bayer.   The Managing Director of Bayer Co. (Malaysia),  Jennifer Yong commented regarding Bayer’s involvement on this issue, “Bayer has a long history in women’s health and we have been supporting family planning programs for more than 50 years.  Today’s launch of our chatbot, ‘ASK … Continued

New cancer treatment for advanced lung cancer launched in Malaysia

  Patients with the invasive non-small cell lung cancer now have access to a medicine designed to work with the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells. In a healthy immune system, the molecule PD-L1, which is found on T-cells, works as a ‘stop switch’ that prevents them from attacking normal cells. Some cancer cells that contain a large amount of PD-L1 can avoid being detected and destroyed by the T-cells. The treatment functions to block the activity of PD-L1, thereby stimulating the immune response against cancer cells Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 1.8 … Continued