Dr Steven Kim-Weng Chow

On top of his regular 9-to-5 profession as the Consultant Dermatologist at the Pantai Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Dr Steven Kim-Weng Chow devotes his time to growing the medical profession landscape in Malaysia and answering the call to serve local communities. He served a full term as an elected member of the Malaysian Medical Council.

As the serving president of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Association (FPMPAM) in Malaysia, his notable contributions include declaring the 10th of October as Malaysia’s Doctors’ Day in 2014.

On top of that, Dr Steven was the founding President of the Addiction Medicine Association of Malaysia (AMAM). During his tenure, a medical community-based treatment program was in place treating more than 30,000 patients with opioid addiction since 2002.

Dr Steven initiated the FPMPAM/CARE program in 2006, providing medical outreach camps to remote and underserved communities from Kedah to East Malaysia, among his other duties.

Committed to improving the lives of the marginalised, Dr Steven chaired DRsforALL of the FPMPAM in 2018, a private-public partnership program together with the Ministry of Health to provide sustainable basic medical aid for the Orang Asli in Pos Lenjang and Pos Titom. The output of the program includes the formation of the nation’s first Orang Asli Medical Post in Kampung Dayok, Pos Lenjang.

The clinic currently runs on solar power but has been serving 4,000 residents from scattered villages. Further, 22 youths from the Orang Asli community in first responder treatment and basic first aid. In 2021, the DRSforALL ran vocational training for 33 Orang Asli volunteers to become paramedics in the long run through the MEDIK OAs initiative.

The impact of our DRSforALL MedikOA initiative is to build community self-reliance and empowerment in healthcare for the Orang Asli living in remote and difficult to access areas in Malaysia. This game-changer approach is to develop a self-sustaining vocational program for OA youths as paramedics and allied healthcare professionals who are able to cater for their community needs as well as their own career advancement.

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