Access to affordable and quality healthcare is an integral part of human well-being and social development. Our specialist healthcare projects aim to increase knowledge, skills and capacities in public healthcare institutions to achieve improvements in patient care and healthcare services.
We work with communities in Indonesia, India, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, focussing on areas that include palliative care, maternal and child health, mental health, emergency medicine, internal medicine, trauma and allied health.
Some of the recent Specialist Healthcare projects we have carried out include:
- The Enhancing Maternal and Child Health Services Programme (above) was held in partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu and SingHealth, and supported by the Temasek Foundation International. From 2015 to 2018, it brought together healthcare professionals from Singapore and India to train healthcare professionals from Tamil Nadu to reduce maternity and infant mortality rates. Their efforts led to the training of more than 1,000 doctors, nurses and public health leaders and officials from Tamil Nadu, and benefitted more than 100,000 pregnant mothers. Arising from the project, policy changes were also implemented whereby more nurses are now allowed in labour wards for emergency maternal care interventions.
- The Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services programme was a two-year collaboration with the Menur Mental Hospital and Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital in Surabaya to enhance child and adolescent psychiatry services in the public health institutions in East Java. From 2016 to 2018, it equipped some 200 Indonesian healthcare workers in Surabaya, Indonesia with enhanced knowledge and skills to assess, treat and manage child and adolescent patients, and has since benefitted over 10,000 people.
- The two-year Emergency Medical Care and Management Programme in Phnom Penh, Cambodia was a collaboration with the Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh and local medical provider SingHealth. Singapore healthcare professionals trained close to 900 medical professionals from five hospitals, with 23,000 patients benefitting in the process.
- The Haemodialysis Care Project saw a first-time partnership with the Hanoi Medical University and Tan Tock Seng Hospital that aims to help meet the increasing needs in haemodialysis care for over 5,000 patients with kidney disease in the region over the next two-and-a-half years.
We couldn't believe our eyes, we never expected the government to take a policy decision so fast. We had been fighting for this for many decades, the visit (to Singapore) by the leaders team has sensitized them regarding the importance of nurses.Dr Sathya, Department of Paediatrics, Chengalpattu Medical College and Hospital, Project Partner for Enhancing Maternal and Child Health Services, Tamil Nadu, India
One of the most rewarding things for me is seeing improvements in the health of the working population in the countries I work in, during our follow-up visits. It is also great to see the people we train being promoted to positions of authority in their fields and continuing to effect positive change in their own countries by training other practitioners and employing best practices.
Professor David Koh, Outstanding Singapore International Volunteer Award recipient, Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health
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