Kuala Lumpur, 1 August 2017 – A new think tank focusing on healthcare and social policy was launched today. The Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy, owned by Social Health Analytics Sdn. Bhd. is an independent public policy research and advocacy organisation based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia committed to a free market approach in the development of a patient-centric and community-focused health and social sector. The Galen Centre aims to promote, encourage and support public debate and education on ideas and proposals which promote individual freedom, choice, and innovation in the health and social sector in Malaysia.
Commenting on the launch, Chief Executive Officer Azrul Mohd Khalib said “Policy is more than just rhetoric and politics. Reliable research and good analysis are needed to support our policy and decision makers. Whether it is working to increase access to quality and affordable medical treatment, responding to the threat of infectious diseases or raising awareness about crucial social and humanitarian issues, we will help to develop and promote moderate and pragmatic advocacy and communication strategies.”
“In today’s highly polarized political and partisan climate, it is easy to lose sight of what unites us as Malaysians: we all want opportunities to build a brighter future for our families, our communities and our country. We need smart, practical and effective evidence-based public policies which place postive social impact and sustainability high on the agenda, particularly on the issue of healthcare. We are here to help.”
“We believe that think tanks in Malaysia play a valuable supportive role in coming up with reliable research and valuable perspectives. The Galen Centre will work on bringing together policymakers, politicians, health and social front liners, and other stakeholders to help raise issues and identify solutions. We will work with government and regulatory departments and agencies, pharmaceutical companies, patient organisations, influencers and activists. We will form partnerships with health and social organisations to help transform and bridge the gaps between concept, policy and reality,” Azrul concluded.
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