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16 Sep 2009

Prof Roy Chan receives Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal award for work on HIV, AIDS

The Singaporean doctor was commended in Britain yesterday for his longstanding contributions towards public health and health promotion within the Commonwealth.

Prof Roy Chan, President of Action for AIDs Singapore, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal for Public Health by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health in London on Tuesday.

He was nominated by the Health Ministry for his outstanding work on HIV and STI issues, and where his “dedication has contributed to significant improvements in the prevention, care and control efforts,” according to a Straits Times report.

Prof Chan, who is also the Director of National Skin Centre, started the community-based non-government organisation with a few other activists in 1988.

The Times quoted Prof Chan as saying in a written statement: “There is still much to do to reduce and eliminate stigma and discrimination. New challenges are still coming thick and fast. Hopefully, winning this award will draw attention to the many challenges that lie ahead of us.”

Reader's Comments

1. 2009-09-16 20:28  
You go Professor! Thank you for all the years of contribution & activism! Keep on keepin' on with what you're doing, because you're doing a great job! =)
2. 2009-09-16 23:37  
Hey Roy..Congrats!
3. 2009-09-17 04:31  
Heartiest congratulations, Roy! You truly deserve this after all that you have been doing....
4. 2009-09-17 09:04  
Roy's work, including starting up AfA in the 80's, and his tireless efforts behind the scenes in lobbying the government are responsible for Singapore's relatively low HIV prevalence rates.

And through it all, he does it with grace, style, and humility.

Roy is one of my personal heroes, and I am incredibly proud that he is getting this recognition for his life's work.

5. 2009-09-17 10:05  
Congratulations Dr Roy! You are a great role model for me!
6. 2009-09-17 16:11  
Congrats Roy - well deserved!
7. 2009-09-17 17:23  
Really wonderful! Fantastic!
8. 2009-09-18 22:32  
errr prof, u single ?
9. 2009-09-22 19:22  

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