Project name: Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services in Surabaya, Indonesia

Host partners: Menur Mental Hospital and Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital

Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from the Singapore’s healthcare sector

Project aim: To enhance child and adolescent psychiatry services in the East Java province.

Duration: 2016 - 2018

Outcomes: Nine training workshops were conducted for 325 Indonesian healthcare workers from four hospitals in Surabaya and its surrounding areas. Besides enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills in assessing, treating, and managing children and adolescent patients, 27 Master Trainers were also identified to impart training to their peers. Following this project, the Menur Mental Hospital introduced more focused and integrated treatment for patients, built greater awareness in schools to manage behavioural issues, and improved communication with patients’ families. Inspired by the visit to Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health, the Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital added a Snoezelen sensory therapy room to its facilities, and applied the skills learnt in play therapy and cognitive therapy to enable positive interactions between patients and nurses. In all, the enhanced skillsets acquired during this project benefited over 11,000 people.

Project name: Enhancing Palliative Care Practice

Host partners: Indonesia Cancer Foundation and Rachel House

Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from Singapore’s palliative care sector

Project aim: To help improve care for the terminally ill in Jakarta.

Duration: 2015 - 2017

Outcomes: This project enhanced the medical knowledge and clinical skills of Jakarta’s palliative care professionals and included Training-of-Trainers workshops. Additionally, policymakers, public and private health institutions and NGOs were invited to three leadership roundtable sessions, where they discussed issues such as ways to enhance the palliative care at the provincial levels. The project engaged 13 public healthcare institutions and two non-profit organisations in Jakarta and impacted over 700 direct beneficiaries. It led to the increased availability and use of morphine, symptomatic medicine and opioid morphine sulphate tablets, and the formation of palliative care teams in public hospitals. The Jakarta Cancer Foundation implemented a call centre and began providing home care services. The Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Control Committee also introduced new platforms for palliative care training.