Singapore and China Organisations Collaborate to Enhance Healthcare Services for Ageing Population
Yunnan, China, 18 May 2015 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) together with the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association (YHDRA), with the support of the Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee, today inked a three-year Letter of Agreement aimed at raising standards of healthcare services for the aged in Yunnan. The partnership kicked off with a province-wide symposium bringing together healthcare professionals from Singapore and Yunnan to discuss common challenges and the way forward on healthcare for the elderly.
Under the three-year partnership, a team of SIF volunteers comprising Singapore healthcare professionals will provide training to enhance the skills of as well as share knowledge and practices with their counterparts from Kunming and other prefectures in Yunnan. Training is focused on two areas of healthcare for the elderly – namely, rehabilitation care and chronic disease management.
A key outcome of the training programme will be 120 ‘master trainers’. These master trainers, from the medical, nursing and allied health disciplines and representing tertiary hospitals in Kunming and surrounding prefectures like Lincang, Zhaotong and Pu’er, will be equipped with the relevant expertise and teaching skills to further train their peers and colleagues, thereby raising the overall quality of healthcare services for the elderly in Yunnan.
The programme will also see Chinese and Singaporean healthcare professionals share with each other best practices, via several province-wide symposiums in Yunnan and study visits to Singapore. Such opportunities for cross-cultural learning and cooperation will help strengthen professional and personal ties between both healthcare communities and over time forge a strong network of key healthcare players in China connected to and collaborating with Singaporeans to build a better world.
Shared Ms Deng Dan Qi, Deputy Director of the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University: “With the strong support of the Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee, the hospital is honoured to embark on this partnership that will bring together healthcare professionals and leaders from Yunnan and surrounding prefectures to exchange knowledge and expertise with Singapore. We believe this training programme will enhance the quality of primary healthcare services for Yunnan’s elderly patients.”
Shared Professor Zhang Kai Ning, Secretary-General, YHDRA: “Today marks the beginning of a partnership between Yunnan and Singapore organisations to address our shared concern of providing quality healthcare for an aging population. YHDRA is proud to partner with the SIF and 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, with strong support from the Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee, to establish this platform for knowledge and skills sharing between China and Singapore.”
Said SIF Governor Mr David Chong: “The SIF is honoured to launch its first volunteer cooperation programme in China. We thank our partners - the 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University and the Yunnan Health and Development Research Association - for the opportunity to work together to solve a social challenge common to both our communities. We hope this and other cooperation efforts by the SIF between Chinese and Singaporeans will foster the strengthening of ties and trust at the people-to-people level. 2015 is also an opportune time for this partnership, marking the 25th year of diplomatic relations between Singapore and China, and celebrating how far we have come in our friendship.”
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