The Department would like to congratulate Prof Dr Maznah Dahlui on being conferred the Fellow of the Academy of Science Malaysia.
Professor Dr Maznah Dahlui is a Public Health Medicine Specialist who had served for several years with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia and was an Entrepreneur before becoming an academician at the University of Malaya in 2003. Her speciality is health economics, with a major interest in the evaluation of health programs. She had conducted many economic evaluations of the country’s policies and programs, working with various ministries in Malaysia such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and the Prime Minister’s Department. She has good linkages with international institutions such as the UNFPA, UNESCO, World Bank, the WHO which have led to several consultancy projects centred on the evaluation and monitoring of health programs.
Maznah’s research interest extends to cancer screening, infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C, adolescents health and obesity prevention; applying the economic evaluation approaches. She has been actively engaging NGOs (such as Breast Cancer Welfare Society and MAKNA) and the communities (the urban poor community and rural populations) for breast cancer screening and combating chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Her international research experiences include working with collaborators from Sanger Institute, University Cambridge, United Kingdom on the Salt Reduction Study, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia on Return of Investment of Harm Reduction Program, University of Usmanu Danfodia, Sokoto, Nigeria on sexual reproductive health issues under the auspices of the Africa-Asia Development University Network (AADUN), and several others.
Maznah was appointed as the Regional Director of APACPH (Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health) in 2013 and used this as an avenue for her to initiate research collaborations on community obesity prevention with several of the 95 APACPH member institutions. With the backing of her university, in 2012 the APACPH Secretariat was successfully transferred to the University of Malaya where she had been the Secretary until now. Her appointment as the Chair for the National Clearinghouse for Adolescent Health in Malaysia and as the Chair of Technical Advisory Committee of Health Technology Economic Evaluation (TACHTEE), Malaysia are acknowledgements of her expertise and close working relationship with the Ministry of Health.
Her outstanding contributions to public health in such a short span of time contributed significantly to her election as a Fellow of Public Health Medicine Specialist Association, Malaysia and of the Distinguished Fellow of Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians in the UK. Maznah’s leadership capabilities have been acknowledged by the university with her appointment as the head of the department of public health (2011 to 2016), and as the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine since 2016. She is the senate representative of University Malaya for 2016 to 2018 and sits in the AP Promotion Panel and Curriculum Review Committee of the university.