“We believe that any form of contribution, no matter how small, will positively affect the lives of people, enhance communities and empower lives,” explain Mr NG Chanrai and Mr Sanjay Kirpalani after making a generous gift to the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine towards research into diabetes.
The gift will support research aimed at helping people living with diabetes to effectively manage their condition with a patient-centred, collaborative care-planning process.
Mr Chanrai and Mr Kirpalani are close family relatives and successful businessmen. Mr Chanrai is Group CEO of the Kewalram Chanrai Group, a family-owned group of companies, whilst Mr Kirpalani is the Chairman of the Enpee Group, also owned by his family. Their decision to give towards advancing knowledge of diabetes stems from their personal experience.
“Diabetes will inevitably affect every person either through an immediate family member or relative or a close friend living with it. In both our cases, we do have immediate family members who live with diabetes and hence our very keen interest in helping this initiative,” both men share.
Both families hope that the research they fund will eventually lead to patients being able to take more control of their illness. They explain, “NUS believes it is time for patients to gain a better understanding in care management and also be a much greater part of their treatment though collaboration with healthcare professionals. We believe this is a step towards ‘patient empowerment’.”
The business leaders chose NUS as a recipient of their gift for its track record in high-quality research as well as its high standards of ethics and research integrity. “NUS is forward looking: experts are brought together from different disciplines and are driving new developments to improve the way they do things. It also provides a good environment for education, innovation and entrepreneurship because of its collaboration and synergy with the wider communities especially in R&D,” they say.
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