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

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


  Ms K.E. Koh, as she prefers to be known was trained at Kirby Liverpool  as a teacher but has since also given up on tuition in English and English Literature due to her health challenge. Her cancer journey began in 2000 at Stage 1 but had a remission after 13 long years.  Koh experienced discomfort and slight pain. As there were lack of facilities in Ipoh,  an x-ray at a private clinic showed negative.  Her intuition signalled to her something is wrong.   “Do you smoke?” was a commonly asked question that she would be confronted with.  A CT … Continued


By Dhivyan Silvaraj   Recently on 18th May, 2018,  the Malaysian National Heart Institute or Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Kuala Lumpur surpassed yet another milestone by being the first hospital in Asia to perform  a minimally invasive procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease.   Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs usually caused by plaque build-up (atherosclerosis). It narrows the arteries that lead to the head, organs and limbs, most commonly the legs, thus do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with the demand. PAD … Continued

The Official Media Launch of ‘Moodigo’

Pfizer Malaysia & Partners Launch Smart Mobile App for Mental Health & Mental Health Awareness Campaign   By Dhivyan Silvaraj   Pfizer Malaysia and partners recently launched an app ‘Moodigo’   – A new smartphone app that heralds an innovative way for Malaysians to monitor their mental health. The mobile app launch coincided with the unveiling of “#EVERYBODY IS AT RISK” – a 2018 Community Awareness Campaign on Mental Health led by Pfizer Malaysia, in collaboration with Malaysia Psychiatric Association (MPA) & Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA).   On 18th of April 2018, along with the Mental Health Awareness Campaign 2018, … Continued

Vishalatchi Arunagini

   This article was written by Amal Mohamud, a Canadian intern with Challenges Media.   Vishalatchi Arunagiri was working as a peer specialist leader at the Malaysian Mental Health Association when I  interviewed her.  She shared her life with  Schizophrenia which  is a brain disorder that affects the way a person behaves, thinks, and sees the world. Today at the age of 23, Vishalatchi is an honorary mental illness advocate.   At the age of 19 she suffered schizophrenia which  took her three years to come out of the closet and speak of her illness. Growing up Vishalatchi states “I … Continued

First Aid for Mental Health

          Everyone can help their loved ones if they notice they might have mental health issues with the Mental Health First Aid programme called  AEGE. This programme was headed by Betty Kitchner and Anthony Jorn. While this programme is not available in Malaysia yet, the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) runs a two day intensive course on understanding mental illness which provides knowledge to equip first aiders of mental health to carry out their roles. However, it is important to note that the first aid programme is not to help one diagnose or treat mental illness, rather it is … Continued