“By making malaria a priority, we can help eliminate a disease that affects millions around the world and costs billions of dollars in healthcare and lost productivity.” These words were spoken by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium at The Fight Against Malaria event organised by the National University of Singapore, the United Nation’s Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership and UBS as part of the NUS Greater Good Series.
HRH Princess Astrid’s visit to NUS aimed to raise awareness of the global fight against malaria, and the role of philanthropy in this effort. The Princess is a Special Representative of the RBM Partnership.
Talking at a lunch attended by Mr S R Nathan, former President of Singapore; Professor Tan Eng Chye, Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost of NUS; Mr Wong Ngit Leong, Chairman of the NUS Board of Trustees; members of the Malaysian royal family; and representatives from the research and business communities, the Princess said of NUS, “I am impressed to see your innovative research which leads to a better understanding of this disease and new methods for combating it. New drugs and antimalarial tools are of critical importance. The University is a crucial partner in the fight against malaria.”
“Those of us who are deeply committed to the combat against malaria need the support of new partners. May I add that philanthropy stands to play an enormous role in our investment. We need you to maintain our commitment for existing tools, but also increase investment in research and development,” she added.
Other speakers at the lunch included NUS Professors Kevin Tan and Dale Fisher who provided an overview of malaria research at NUS and in Singapore and addressed tomorrow’s challenges in relation to global epidemics. Mr David Hayward Evans, Head, Philanthropy and Values-Based Investing APAC, UBS, also gave a talk on the response of philanthropy to malaria and UBS’s role in the fight against the disease. He concluded his speech by saying, on behalf of UBS, “Until malaria ceases to a public health problem, we will not rest.”
As part of her visit to NUS, the Princess toured the NUS Centre of Translational Medicine, an ambitious, national programme which seeks to upgrade Singapore’s capabilities as both a centre of advanced education and a centre of bio-medical research and translational medicine.
The NUS Greater Good Series features talks by leading minds on topics related to philanthropy. These include generosity, giving and service to the community, as well as leadership, personal well-being and mental resilience. The Series aims to raise awareness of philanthropy and its impact on society. The Series was made possible thanks to a generous gift from Newsman Realty Pte Ltd.
For further information on the NUS Greater Good Series, contact Jeanne Ng on Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.