Project name: Enhancing Maternal and Child Health Services in Bangalore in Karnataka, India
Host partner: State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka
Singapore partner: Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and SingHealth
Project aim: To reduce infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate in Karnataka.
Duration: 2016 - 2019
Outcomes: A team of Singapore international Volunteers, led by A/Prof Tan Hak Koon, the Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at SGH, brought different partners in Singapore and India together to share expertise and work towards the reduction of infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rate in Karnataka. In all, 179 doctors, nurses, and public healthcare leaders from 63 government hospitals in Karnataka took part in workshops, discussions, a symposium, and a study visit to Singapore. The training focused on resuscitation of pregnant patients, management of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, breech delivery, post-partum haemorrhage, infection control and neonatal resuscitation. One key emphasis: Multi-disciplinary teamwork in the management of maternal and neonatal emergencies. Additional training was given to 31 Master Trainers.