Access to affordable and quality healthcare is an integral part of human well-being and social development. Our healthcare projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 3 that aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Working with overseas communities, we identify and implement changes to improve quality of life and to build capacity in a sustainable manner.
We bring in our teams of specialist volunteers from Singapore to share their expertise, skills and best practices in various focus areas including maternal and child health, emergency medicine, trauma and rehabilitation, mental health, palliative care, internal medicine and allied health.
Enhancing Mental Healthcare Services in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2022 – Present)
Host partners: Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH), supported by Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia (TPO Cambodia) and the Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Cambodia (Caritas-CCAMH)
Singapore partner: Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
Project aim: To enhance the mental health services in the public healthcare hospitals and institutions in Cambodia.
Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers, comprising professionals from IMH, will work with 50 mental health practitioners from KSFH, TPO Cambodia and the Caritas-CCAMH. They will exchange knowledge, skills and best practices to better manage and treat psychiatric emergencies (focusing on agitation, aggression and suicidality) and mood and anxiety disorders. A group of 12 Master Trainers will be equipped with relevant skills to train other mental health professionals. This helps to amplify the project’s impact and sustainability. The project will focus on the clinical intervention, development of a framework for psychiatric emergencies and patient education materials on common mental health conditions. The project is expected to benefit 30,000 patients in Cambodia by 2024.
Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Care in Yangon, Myanmar (2018 - Present)
Host partner: Yangon General Hospital
Singapore partners: Singapore General Hospital and SingHealth
Project aim: To strengthen the trauma rehabilitation care ecosystem in Myanmar.
Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers will train about 180 Myanmar healthcare professionals in the latest standards of care and share best practices. Participants’ enhanced skills and knowledge will benefit at least 30,000 patients across three years. Participating hospitals and institutions include the National Rehabilitation Hospital, North Okkalapa General Hospital, Yangon Orthopaedic Hospital, Mandalay General Hospital, University of Medicine 1, and University of Medicine 2. The project is expected to improve the delivery of comprehensive trauma rehabilitation to benefit 30,000 patients in greater Yangon.
Haemodialysis Care in Hanoi, Vietnam (2018 - Present)
Host partner: Hanoi Medical University
Singapore partner: Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
Project aim: To enhance the knowledge and skills of haemodialysis doctors, nurses, and technicians in Hanoi.
Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers comprising TTSH specialists in renal care will train 80 of these healthcare professionals, including 12 Master Trainers who will in turn share their expertise with colleagues in this field. Six workshops and lectures comprising basic, intermediate, and advanced modules for haemodialysis caregivers, including senior management staff, will be conducted. Hospital leaders and senior management will also take part in joint discussions about quality assurance and standardised protocols for care in central and provincial hospitals in Vietnam. The project is expected to improve the overall quality of care for over 5,000 kidney patients in the region.
Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta, Indonesia (2019 - Present)
Host partner: Foundation for the Development of Children with Special Needs (YPAC) Jakarta
Singapore partners: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and SingHealth
Project aim: To enhance support for children with special needs, such as those with autism and cerebral palsy in Jakarta.
Outcomes: A team of Singapore International Volunteers comprising occupational therapists from KKH will train 50 special education (SPED) practitioners from YPAC Jakarta and other participating SPED institutions. By 2022, these SPED practitioners will be able to execute fundamental behaviour management strategies for the children they work with. They will be able to match developmental milestones to various activities performed by the beneficiaries, teach self-care skills, and assess and document beneficiaries’ progress. The project is expected to directly benefit 2,000 members of the Indonesian community, including patients and their families, teachers, volunteers, and supporting therapists.
Enhancing Palliative Care in Yunnan, China (2019 - Present)
Host partners: Yunnan New Kun Hua Hospital, Yunnan Health and Development Research Association
Singapore partner: Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
Project aim: To strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals who provide end-of-life care services for the terminally ill in Yunnan.
Outcomes: Specialist Singapore International Volunteers from TTSH will share their knowledge, skills, and resources in palliative care with Chinese healthcare practitioners. The trainees include a group of 50 Master Trainers comprising doctors and nurses from the palliative, oncology, and geriatric departments of 18 hospitals and palliative care facilities in Kunming and surrounding counties. They will help train others in the field, amplifying the capacity-building impact of the programme. By 2022, this project is expected to benefit an estimated 36,000 terminal patients and caregivers in Yunnan.
Hear from Our Specialist Volunteers in Healthcare
“All of us in the Singapore International Volunteer team are honoured to be given this opportunity to contribute to the palliative care sector in Yunnan, China. The multidisciplinary team from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise with, and learning from our Chinese friends, as we work towards a common goal of delivering better care for patients at the end of life.”
Dr Wu Huei Yaw
Senior Consultant, Department of Palliative Medicine, TTSH
Singapore International Volunteer Team Leader (China)
“The exchange of knowledge, clinical practice perspectives and cultural influences through our interactions with workshop participants was a good learning experience for the Singapore volunteers.”
Ms Soh Siok Khoon
Head, Occupational Therapy Service, Rehabilitation Centre, KKH
Singapore International Volunteer Team Leader (Indonesia)
“The heart-warming responses from our Vietnamese counterparts, including the Master Trainers, exceeded our expectations. This can only stem from their commitment to improve the care they give to patients. It is particularly satisfying to witness their enthusiasm and involvement having known that they work long hours looking after their patients in challenging circumstances and still find the time and energy to participate in this project.”
Dr Manohar Bairy
Senior Consultant, TTSH
Singapore International Volunteer Team Leader (Vietnam)