Lecturer of Faculty of Medicine UGM, Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, M.Sc., Ph.D., has won international award. ProSPER.Net -Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given by the United Nations University, Elsevier, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award handover was held on July 11 at The University of Tokyo, Japan.
In granting the award this year, Yodi was awarded to Health and Poverty Eradication for Sustainable Development category. Besides Yodi, the award in two categories, the Sustainable Infrastructure was gained by researchers from Thailand and the Sustainable Consumption and Production was won by Chinese researchers.
ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development organized by the United Nations University is a prestigious award at international level in the field of sustainable development. It is awarded annually to young scientists and researchers in the Asia Pacific region who have contributed significantly in the field of sustainable development. The awards began in 2009. "The award is given to researchers who have earned a Doctorate in the last five years under the age of 40 years and contribute to sustainable development," Yodi said, Thursday (19/7) at his office at Faculty of Medicine.
Yodi said the award was won after he managed to put aside two researchers from Vietnam dan China. Previously, he had to contend with about 98 other researchers from various countries in the Asia Pacific region, such as Australia, India, China, and Thailand. "I am the only representative of Indonesia which successfully receive Scoupus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development," he said.
The faculty member at Public Health Sciences Graduate Program of the Faculty said that the judgment in the award is based on the quantity and quality of publications, the number of citations, the impact of research results to society as well as a presentation to the juries. The award is obtained through the presentation of his research that has been done in recent years that have relevance to sustainable development and the contribution made.
Yogi performed a number of studies focusing on poverty-related diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected infectious diseases such as intestinal worm disease.
"In addition, I also work under the WHO to help develop such health training at the international level," said the man born on October 3, 1972.
Yodi added he is also involved in formulating disease control strategies at the national level. "I participate in the formulation of strategy for controlling tuberculosis (2011-2014) and malaria ((2012-2014)," Yodi who earned his doctorate in public health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium and Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium said.
Yodi mentioned the current health services, especially for tuberculosis cannot be accessed by the whole society. Therefore, the government arranges long-term national strategy for controlling tuberculosis. The program is expected to provide breakthrough that provides universal access. "Currently, the government is formulating 7 strategies, 4 are technical and 3 are functional strategies. It is expected that these strategies can reduce the burden of TB patients by improving public access to TB health services," he explained.
A number of studies and contribution made in the field of health not only give Yodi an award, but United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan also provides grant funds for him to conduct collaborative research with a university in Germany. "The grant isalso given for 1.5-year research collaboration with selected university in Germany and $ 1,000 of cash money," he explained.
Being asked of his success, Yodi said that the achievement is not an individual achievement but rather as the achievement of many people. "This award really belongs to Faculty of Medicine UGM as recognition of the studies that have been successfully performed well due to the support of the entire academic community of the Faculty. The system in the Faculty allows me to gain international recognition," he explained.