Dr Madhusudhan Shanmugam has been honoured as the 48th Commonwealth Point of Light. This award was handed to outstanding individual volunteers, picked every week day by the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

“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,” said Vicki Treadell, UK High Commissioner in Malaysia, while handing Dr Madhu his award.

Dr Madhusudhan’s story

Dr Madhusudhan was nicknamed as the ‘Teddy Bear Doctor’ as he often gave out teddy bears to his younger patients during their visits. His ‘Teddy Mobile Clinic’ was established in 2015 to provide free medical check-ups, food and clothes for people who cannot afford, or have access to basic medical care. His patients were predominantly the homeless and the poor around the Kuala Lumpur area. 

With a team of about 50 volunteers, including six doctors, Dr Madhu’s mobile clinics receives up to 50 patients a week. While he bore the costs of medications and other necessities himself, eventually donations from other people began coming in.

“I am extremely honoured to have received this award. I am very happy and proud of my team who have brought us to this level. My motive was never to get any form of reward or acknowledgment, but purely to make a difference in the lives of those who need help. So, this is a very big surprise for me and my team. This award will definitely inspire me and my team to do more for the community,” Dr Madhusudhan told MIMS Today. MIMS

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