KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 – Duopharma Biotech Berhad chief executive officer (corporate) Anas Alam Faizli was awarded the Malaysian Healthcare Icon Award by KSI Strategic Institute for Asia Pacific.
Anas was one of the few individuals awarded at the Malaysian Health and Wellness Summit 2023 last Wednesday, with most of the remaining awards being corporate awards.
Anas’ brother, Dr Afif, received the award on his behalf.
“My path crossed the health care industry when I wrote an article in health care. I have always believed that education and health are the two most important things towards a greater nation,” Anas wrote on LinkedIn last Saturday.
“Not long after, I found myself in hospital support services before joining ProtectHealth Corporation to run Peka B40 programme and soon led the private sector on the largest PPP (public-private partnership) for the Covid-19 vaccination programme and today with Duopharma Biotech Berhad in the pharmaceutical industry.”
During his previous stint as chief executive officer of ProtectHealth, a company fully owned by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Anas led Malaysia’s biggest-ever PPP programme in the health care sector – for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), in which nearly half of all Covid-19 vaccine doses in the public programme were administered by private health care providers under ProtectHealth.
“PICK is by far the largest ever government programme ever executed in the country, in terms of the 26 million people vaccinated within a short span of its establishment and implementation.
“This has also been the largest public-private partnership in the health care sector which continues to grow,” Anas previously wrote in an op-ed for CodeBlue last December 2021.
In his essay, he called for a widening of health care financing sources, including strategic purchases of health care services from the private sector, noting that the health care workload distribution remains tilted towards the public sector.
“Sustainable health care financing through a national-scale strategic purchasing agency could be one of the ways to ensure our health care system is resilient and adaptive that can withstand such a crisis.”