IT was a proud moment for RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) when its academic members won two prestigious international awards by Cochrane Malaysia.
The awards were presented at the virtual Cochrane Connects event.
Prof Dr Jacqueline Judith Ho, fractional academic at RUMC, received the Anne Anderson Award for her significant contribution towards the enhancement of women’s participation in Cochrane.
The recipient of the award donates money to a woman in a low-resourced setting to assist with her Cochrane work.
Prof Ho has chosen to donate her prize money to her colleague and mentee Dr Foong Wai Cheng, senior lecturer from RUMC’s Department of Paediatrics, for her advocacy work on Kangaroo Care in Malaysia.
Prof Ho said she was honoured to receive the prestigious award from Cochrane which is an organisation recognised for its integrity, quality, sincerity and inclusiveness.
“I love getting an award for something I get so much pleasure in doing.
“I would like to thank the women who have given me the opportunity to support them in their Cochrane initiatives,” said Prof Ho.
The 2021 Kenneth Warren prize was awarded to Assoc Prof Dr Foong Siew Cheng.
This is an annual prize by Cochrane to a scientist who publishes a Cochrane Review about an important health issue in developing countries.
Dr Foong’s research focused on milk boosters to increase breast milk production in mothers of healthy infants.
“All I wanted to do was find answers to something that happened to me as a mother.
“Receiving an award for this is truly rewarding, more so because of how important breastfeeding is among low-resource communities,” said Dr Foong in her award acceptance speech.
Founded in 1993, Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health.
It has now grown into a huge team consisting of more than 30,000 dedicated people from over 130 countries.
Since then, Cochrane has become an excellent source of systematic reviews which are considered to have a high standard of evidence- based information.
Cochrane Malaysia operates as a network of sites around the country, with the coordinating site based at RUMC.
Prof Ho was the first Convenor of Cochrane Malaysia.
Part of the Malaysian branch’s role is to provide training to healthcare professionals, patients and others on how to use the reviews.
There are also plans to train members of the media on the reviews’ impact on the general public.
One of the recent roles of Cochrane Malaysia is to translate the plain language summaries of Cochrane Reviews into Bahasa Malaysia.