Prof Dato’ Dr Abdul Rashid Khan

Prof Dato’ Abdul Rashid Khan is a medical doctor with a Masters in Health Science and a PhD in Community Health. He is currently the Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Medicine in RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus, Adjunct Professor in the University College Dublin, Adjunct Professor in the University of Western Australia, site supervisor for the Global Health department of the University of South Florida and a visiting research fellow for Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He has 90 peer-reviewed publications and has written five books and two chapters in a book. He is also a member of the advisory board for numerous international medical journals. He has a very keen interest in the social influences on the health of marginalized populations. He is actively involved in community outreach projects especially related to health promotion & education and social wellbeing of marginalised communities, especially among transgender communities, the elderly and among the indigenous people of peninsular Malaysia. His main area of research is on female genital cutting and one health.

Director & Founder
Dr. Hannah Nazri

Dr. Hannah Nazri is a medical doctor with experience in internal medicine and a DPhil candidate in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with a focus on endometriosis pathophysiology and biomarker research at the University of Oxford. She received her medical degree from the University of Bristol in 2013, with a BSc (Hons) Medical Physics & Bioengineering from University College London (one-year intercalated degree) in 2010. She pursued her MSc Clinical Embryology at the University of Oxford with two merit scholarships to explore her interests in reproductive sciences and research, then graduating in 2016 before commencing her DPhil. Following her DPhil, she will be commencing her specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology. As a finalist of the 2020 UK Women of the Future Award for the Commonwealth Category and the Equality Lead for Europe of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Hannah is committed to combining her obstetrics and gynaecology career with non-profit work, not limited to youth education and women’s rights advocacy. Hannah also writes on women issues on the Harvard Public Health Review.

Dr. Syed Hadi Arief

Dr. Syed Hadi Arief is a General Practice Specialty Trainee at the Health Education England West Midlands. Hadi received his medical degree from the University of Manchester. He has a keen interest in lifestyle medicine and looking forward to more male advocates in Malaysian Doctors for Women and Children.

Malaysian General Practitioner (GP) Representatives
Dr. Wan Namaziah Azhari

Dr. Wan Namaziah Azhari received her medical degree from the National University of Malaysia in 1988. In 2000, she graduated from Malaysian Science University in Diploma in Therapeutic Medicine (DTM). She had wide experience of working in multiple hospitals in Malaysia including Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Kota Bharu Hospital. Currently, she works as a GP in Malaysia.

Dr. Subatra Jayaraj

Dr. Subatra Jayaraj is a medical doctor with experience in anaesthesia and intensive care in the Ministry of Health Malaysia. She has a Masters in International Development Studies, with her research focusing on barriers to maternal and child healthcare access in migrant populations. She currently runs a primary care women’s clinic focusing on Sexual & Reproductive Health in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. She has worked at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific based in Bangkok, where she focused on the 20-year review of the ICPD Programme of Action. She has also managed the Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Crisis Situations in the South East Asian and Pacific regions. She was the Vice President of AWAM (2018-2020) and is the current President of the Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia.

UK General Practitioner (GP) Representative
Dr. Diyanah Iman

Dr. Diyanah Iman was born in Melaka, Malaysia, and educated in Brunei, Jakarta, Malaysia, and finally in the UK for her medical degree. She graduated in 2011 and worked as a foundation doctor in Leicester, then a histopathology trainee in Leicester for 2 years before having an epiphany that her true calling was in general practice. She then moved to Bedfordshire to complete her GP training. Being of mixed ethnic origin she has grown up like most Malaysians, in a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Having this diverse experience and influences have piqued her deep interest in the anthropological perspective on how medical and non-medical practices affect our lives. 

Committee Members
Dr. Janani Devaraja

Dr. Janani Devaraja is a paediatric registrar and a graduate of the University of Nottingham. She is passionate about child health and believes achieving this is more than just applying medicine; it involves investing in their mental health and development; family health, the standard of living and relationships; societal influences, and ultimately laws that enable a good quality of life to be achieved. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction books from a diverse range of authors. 

Event Coordinators
Dr. Nur N Zalkapli

Dr. Nur N Zalkapli is currently an anaesthetics trainee based in North Wales. Previously attended the University of Southampton Medical School where she developed a knack for coffee, cooking, and of course medicine! She has always been intrigued by discussions about equality and championing women’s and children’s rights.

Dr. Nazurah Malek

Dr. Nazurah Malek studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen. She is currently based in Durham and is a specialty trainee in obstetrics & gynaecology at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Dr. Zafira Azih

Dr. Zafira Azih is a Clinical Fellow in Accident and Emergency in Wales. She is passionate about the rights of women, children, and refugees in Malaysia. Outside medicine her interests lie in travel, scuba-diving, and arts. She is known to be an adventurous rebel with an activist streak. She stands by Malaysian Doctors for Women and Children as she believes in advocating women’s empowerment, child protection, and standing up for the rights of refugees.