Commonwealth Point of Light 48. Madhusudhan Shanmugam
Dr Madhusudhan Shanmugam, representing Malaysia, established the ‘Teddy Mobile Clinic’ in 2015 to provide free medical check-ups, food and clothes for disadvantaged people who cannot afford or access basic medical care.
He was nicknamed the ‘Teddy Bear Doctor’ by his young patients who often received a teddy bear from him during their visits. Once patients are registered at his mobile clinic which is based in a van, they receive a blood pressure and sugar level check and a doctor’s consultation, all free of charge. Initially, Dr Madhusudhan paid the costs of the medicine and other necessities, but as word spread, donors began providing supplies including medicine, food, clothes and other essential items. He has expanded the programme and now a team of 50 people, including six doctors, visit up to 50 patients each week.
Dr Madhusudhan said:
“I feel extremely honoured and proud to be chosen as the Commonwealth Point of Light from Malaysia. When I began this journey, my motive was not to get any form of reward or recognition, but purely to make a difference in the lives of those who needed help. I was supported in my efforts by a group of wonderful people who put service before self. Getting this award is an honour not just for me but for my great team of volunteers who share my passion.”
Vicki Treadell, UK High Commissioner in Malaysia, said:
“Her Majesty The Queen’s Commonwealth Points of Light recognises Dr Madhusudhan as a role model of volunteerism. In providing medical care to those in need, and giving so selflessly of himself, he is inspiring others and promoting volunteerism. I commend Dr Madhusudhan’s commitment to improve the lives of those less fortunate in society. Examples such as his very much reflect our Commonwealth values and principles.”