Who is Adi Utarini, health professor from Time 100 most influential

Darcy Rafter September 15, 2021
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Adi Utarini has been recognised among Time 100’s most influential people and many have been left wondering what role she has played throughout 2021.

The past few years have been massively dependant on doctors and scientists due to the coronavirus pandemic, and thankfully Time has given them the recognition they deserve.

Here, we break down who Adi Utarini is and how the health professor has influenced the world in the past year.

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Who is Adi Utarini?

Adi Utarini is a 56-year-old public health researcher from Indonesia who works on the disease control of dengue fever.

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She is now professor of public health in the Department of Health And Policy Management at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta.

The outstanding professor was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and constantly works to improve the health of her citizens.

Adi has written many books such as Hospital Management Training: New Ways To Improve Services In Indonesia, and Evaluation Of The User-Provider Interface In Malaria Control Programme: The Case Of Jepara District, Central Java Province, Indonesia.

Adi was educated in medicine at the Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She went on to receive two masters degrees – one at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute Of Child Health and one at Umeå University in Sweden. Following her studies, she took the dengue fever crisis in Indonesia into her own hands.

The health care leader was married to a professor of pharmacology, Iwan Driprahasto, who worked with her at Gadjah Mada. Sadly, he died of coronavirus in March 2020.

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Health professor from Time 100’s most influential

Adi has been placed on Time’s 100 most influential people list and many are intrigued by her heart-warming story.

Adi has helped shape science in 2020 thanks to her research on dengue fever, which has helped cut cases by up to 77% in big cities in Indonesia.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that affects almost 400 million people annually and has been described by the WHO as one of the ten greatest threats to world health.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.