Adeeba Kamarulzaman

University of Malaya


Biomedical Sciences

Adeeba received the 2022 Merdeka Award for Health, Science and Technology for her impact on the prevention, treatment and research of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS. In addition to heading Malaysia’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Adeeba has consistently pushed for harm reduction and HIV prevention programs for people who use drugs. In 2005, she drove a Needle Syringe Exchange Program that dropped the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections by 50 percent over 10 years. Over a 30-year career, she has established herself as a leader and committee member of various prestigious regional and international organizations.

(Photo: International AIDS Society)

  • Merdeka Award for Health, Science and Technology

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