Dr Erwin Martinez Faller

Senior Lecturer
Institution: Management and Science University
Current Insitution Location: Malaysia

Phone Number:  355216868
Website: Go to website

University Drive, Periaran Jalan Olahraga, Section 13, Selangor, Malaysia

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise
Dr. Erwin is a senior lecturer at Management and Science University School of Pharmacy, Malaysia. He is a registered pharmacist contributing innovations in areas of hospital, community, non-governmental organization and academe. He was a former committee council member of WCC-Health and Human Sexuality (Geneva, Switzerland) and former president of Philippine Pharmacist Association-Davao Chapter. He was the former Dean of Tagum Doctors College, School of Pharmacy, Philippines and Mindanao Medical Foundation College. He was a recipient of different international academic scholarships including the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat (LMU) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany and School of Medicine, University of Brescia, Italy and Prince of Songkla University Government Scholarship on Medicinal Plants. He was the founder and director of Global Health Pharmacy Certificate Course in Asia. One of the active initiator and researcher of the Migrant Workers Health Research Network. He was a speaker and trainer of different local, national and international seminars and conferences. He is an international health consultant of Petrosphere Philippines Inc and Clinical Pharmacy (CP) Consultancy. He recently awarded as the Turnitin Global Innovation Award 2017 and MSU Best Academic Excellent Awardee for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017). Recently, he is the recipient of the Bagong Bayani (National Hero) Award for Outstanding Employee 2018 given by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for his exemplary contribution in the national and international community. He was active in advocacies on migrant worker health issues and human rights, indigenous people, refugees, gender equality etc. He is also an editorial board member of UK Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biosciences, reviewer of different SCOPUS Journal (FIP Pharmacy Education etc) and invited as an external examiner of PhD and Master Thesis. He has published numerous scientific journals, books, columnist of Palawan Daily News and has a special research interest in ASEAN harmonization, migrant workers health, natural products, Halal research, medical, and pharmacy education, health interventions, infectious disease and impact evaluation on public health.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories
Internal Migration
Left-behind migrant families (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Migrant Workers (Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Humanitarian entrants/ Refugee resettlement programs (Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Aches and Pains of Filipino Migrant Workers in Malaysia: A Profile of Work-Related Muscoskeletal Disorders Hernan L, Erwin Martinez Faller, MFD Bacayo
Reflections on Migrant Workers and Refugee Health in Malaysia and the ASEAN Region Nicola S. Pocock1, Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Chee Khoon Chan, Erwin Martinez Faller, Nicholas Harrigan, Veena Pillai, Kolitha Wickramage
Food Security, Nutritional Status and Household Income of Migrant Workers in Klang Valley, Malaysia Chan Foong Mei, Lau Xiao Chuan, Erwin Martinez Faller, Adrian Periera
Exploratory Study on Occupational Health Hazards among Health Care Workers in the Philippines Erwin Martinez Faller, Nataman Minjak, Adrian Pereira
Current Issues in Tourism: Diseases Transformation as a Potential Risks for Travellers Ala’a, Abukhalifeh, Erwin Martinez Faller, Albattat, Ahmad, Salam, Tadros
Medical tourism’s impact for health systems: A Study from three Asian Countries Ala’a Nimer AbuKhalifeh, Erwin Martinez Faller
Emerging Roles of Pharmacist in Global Health in Asia EM Faller, MT Hernandez, AM Hernandez
Sudden cardiac death and kidney health related problems among Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia Nirmal Aryal, Pramod R Regmi, Erwin Martinez Faller, Edwin van Teijlingen, Chan Chee Khoon, Adrian Pereira, Padam Simkhada

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Health Status of Migrant Workers Attending Primary Care Clinics in Malaysia: Basis for Health Intervention Programme Principal Investigator On progress with Research Ethics in NMRR
Migrant Workers Health Mission Asia and the Pacific
Have conducted medical health mission with more than 400 Filipino Migrant Workers on a general screening test, clinical breast examination, consultation with medical doctors, fecal blood occult for colon cancer detection, pap smear, HPV detection, etc.
Initiated the Migrant Workers Health Research Network in Management and Science University Asia and the Pacific
Other Initiated the Migrant Workers Health Research Network at Management and Science University and conducted Forum on Migrant Workers attended by almost more than 50 NGO, GO, and Researchers in Malaysia on Migrant Workers Issues
Food Security, Nutritional Status and Household Income of Migrant Workers in Klang Valley, Malaysia Asia and the Pacific
Co-Investigator About 57.6% of households were food insecure (24.8% mildly, 29.6% moderately and 3.2% severely). Burmese had the highest rate of household food insecurity (96%). Majority of the migrant workers have normal weight (68.0%). No significant relationship was found between household monthly income and household food security status (p=0.475), and household food security status and weight status (p=0.535). The present study demonstrated that food security status affected certain nutrients intake among migrant workers.
Reflections on Migrant Workers and Refugee Health in Malaysia and the ASEAN Region Asia and the Pacific
Collaborator Migrants and refugees face challenges accessing both healthcare and good social determinants of health in Malaysia. Participants at the Migrant and Refugee Health in Malaysia workshop, Kuala Lumpur, 9-10 November 2017 scoped these challenges within the regional ASEAN context, identifying gaps in knowledge and practical steps forward to improve the evidence base in Malaysia.
Aches and Pains of Filipino Migrant Workers in Malaysia: A Profile of Work-Related Muscoskeletal Disorders Asia and the Pacific
Co-Investigator Filipino migrant workers mostly complain of pain in the low back area (60%) and shoulder pain (60%), followed by pain in the upper back (48.3%), and neck pain (45%) in the last 12 months. Household workers accounting for 73.3% of the subjects commonly complain of pain in the hips/thighs (78.9%) while workers in the service industry commonly complain of knee pain (39.1%). Results imply that hat Filipino migrant workers have a higher prevalence of shoulder and lower back pain in the last 12 months. Household workers are more susceptible to hip/thigh pain. Interventions focusing on ergonomics policy implementation, education on posture and lifting techniques and physical function are recommended. Further studies should consider the psychological and psychosocial aspects of migrant employment which are known risk factors for MSDs.
Measurement of Stress Levels of Foreign and Local Workers Working in Shift in Klang Valley Co-Investigator On Progress development
Quality Improvement Strategies on Occupational Health and Safety among Health Care Migrant Workers Asia and the Pacific
Principal Investigator The findings indicated eagerness among migrant worker in complying with OHS provisions. Regardless of the challenges faced by the respondents, the study has identified adherence among respondents on the standard of OHS but various situation and measures must be taken for migrant workers to fully comply with the OHS standard. Furthermore, it was indicated that the success of any organization on occupational health and safety standard was dependent on the reinforcement and review of health and safety measures within the organization. The researchers inferred that issues and concerns regarding compliance on provisions of occupational health and safety among healthcare migrant workers must properly be addressed through immediate monitoring and re-evaluation of personnel in terms of their knowledge and practices in OHS.  Barriers and challenges have been identified in the study that may lead to non-compliance among migrant workers on provisions of OHS.
Association of Living Conditions and Parasitic Infection among Migrant Workers In Klang Valley, Selangor, Malaysia Principal Investigator Results revealed 72 out of 150 (48%) of the respondents have voluntarily submitted their faeces. 67% (n=48) of the respondents have confirmed intestinal parasites such as Ascaris lumbricoides(59%), Trichuris trichiura ova(7.4%), Hookworms(3.7%) and Enterobius vermicularis(3.7%). Unhealthy living conditions of the respondents were directly observed by researchers staying in shoplots, quarters (rumah kongsi) and shipping containers etc. even no significant association (p>0.05) was found within living condition, food handling and hygiene practices among the selected migrant workers.
Access to Healthcare among Migrant Workers in Malaysia: Basis for Health Promotion On progress development
Initiated the Migrant Workers Health Alliance Collaborator The Migrant Workers Health Alliance is a loose group/ individual healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacist, medical/allied health students etc), volunteers, NGO's that caters to the healthcare need of migrant workers in Malaysia through health screening, medical and dental programs, consultations, follow-up, health promotions etc.