The doctors, researchers and professors on Asia’s Most Influential 2022 are dedicating their lives to the preservation of life. Through research, experimentation and innovations that include the application of artificial intelligence, these great minds are developing new ways to respond to serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, and even the viral pandemic that is Covid-19. Some others are taking leadership roles in various health organisations to provide knowledge, raise funds and protect the most vulnerable people in the world. Here are just a few of the many visionaries on this year’s list working hard to vanquish disease and improve global health.
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Malaysia
Dedicated to safeguarding life in Southeast Asia and beyond, Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman is among the authors of a Delphi study that aims to end the global threat of Covid-19, which has resulted in 6.6 million deaths as of November 2022. The multinational consensus published on Nature.com recommends, among other things, a whole-of-society and whole-of-government approaches to pandemic preparedness, a vaccine-plus approach that includes the promotion of prevention measures and clear and careful communication to combat misinformation.
The infectious diseases expert is also a well-known leader in HIV and AIDS research and response. In partnership with Sunway Group, the Malaysian AIDS Foundation—which Adeeba heads as its chairman—raised RM2.55 million at its recent Red Ribbon Gala. The funds will support the organisation’s medication subsidy programme for in-need Malaysians living with HIV. In 2022, Adeeba was also appointed as a commissioner of the Global Commission on Drug Policy—the first Malaysian to hold the post.