Project name: Enabling Palliative Care Trainers in Bandung, Indonesia

Host partners: Indonesia Cancer Foundation (YKI), YKI West Java and Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital

Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from the palliative care sector in Singapore

Project aim: To improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients in need of palliative care in West Java.

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs), comprising healthcare professionals from the palliative care sector in Singapore, conducted six workshops and trained 70 Indonesian practitioners to provide enhanced hospital/community-based palliative care services in hospitals in Indonesia. A group of 17 Master Trainers were equipped with the skills to share the acquired knowledge with their peers in eight other hospitals in Indonesia.

YKI Central also conducted 20 workshops for more than 2,300 palliative care professionals from other YKI chapters across 10 provinces in Indonesia. 

The multi-disciplinary approach on palliative care interventions had resulted in an increase in awareness and understanding of the principles of palliative care – from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals to caregivers. This led to better cooperation amongst the different healthcare professionals and translated to better and integrated care for the patients and their families. 

Project name: Paediatric Emergency & Neonatal Care in Surabaya, Indonesia

Host partners: Haji Surabaya General Hospital

Singapore partner: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and SingHealth

Project aim: To reduce infant and child mortality rates in East Java through enhanced paediatric emergency and neonatal care delivery in six participating hospitals and two health centres.

Duration: 2018 - 2021

Outcomes: A specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) comprising doctors and nurses from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) trained a team of 24 Indonesian Master Trainers. Together with the SIVs, the Master Trainers trained a total of 280 Indonesian healthcare practitioners at seven hospitals to better manage time-sensitive paediatric and infant emergencies.

Since its implementation, HSGH reported an encouraging reduction of approximately 70 percent in its infant mortality rate, from 40 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017 to 12 in 2020 at its hospital. The training also strengthened the hospital network though building smoother referral systems. The improved delivery of paediatric emergency and neonatal care resulted in higher-level of patient satisfaction and increased public trust.

The project was awarded the ‘City of Good Award’ at the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) in Singapore for its impactful cross-sector partnerships.

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.