The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project, Vientiane City, Lao PDR

“The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project” is another milestone in the 20 year friendship between SIF and communities in Laos to uplift lives and build enduring friendships for a better world.

Through the sharing of ideas, skills and resources, SIF looks forward to deepening our friendship with longstanding partner Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd (SingHealth) and our Laotian friends from the Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences (FMT-UHS).
A heartfelt moment between President and Mrs Tan with Dr Duangchan Ounnarath, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences (FMT-UHS) in Vientiane City, Lao PDR.
(From left) Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director, presents a token of appreciation to Dr Phouthone Meuangpark, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Health, Vientiane City, Lao PDR, at the fifth workshop of “The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project”. This alliance of good with our Laotian friends aims to empower more people with disabilities to overcome their challenges to lead fuller, more productive and meaningful lives.
President exchanging a traditional Laotian greeting with Dr Phouthone Meuangpark, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Health, Vientiane City, Lao PDR, at the fifth training workshop of “The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project”. This visit is a significant gesture reflecting Singapore’s warm and longstanding relations with Laos.
Education to empower the community - President and Mrs Tan watching a Laotian physiotherapy student’s demonstration of physiotherapy techniques imparted by SIF’s SIVs. This training follows SIF’s train-the-trainer model – where specialist SIVs conduct training to upgrade the skills and technical know-hows of overseas professionals and train local professionals to become trainers themselves to enable greater self-reliance.
President witnessed a training session conducted by SIF’s SIVs Mr Vimal Palanichamy (second from right clad in orange) and Mr Jeremy Lim, (third from right clad in orange) at the Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences, Vientiane City, Lao PDR. In response to the need for trained medical rehabilitative care specialists in Laos, SIF brought Singaporeans and Laotians healthcare professionals together to design a programme to raise the overall quality of physiotherapy education in the region.
President and Mrs Tan exchanging the traditional Laotian greeting after a demonstration by SIF’s SIVs at the fifth workshop of the “The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project” at the Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences, Vientiane City, Lao PDR. This partnership by the people of Singapore and Laos is testament to the good that can happen when international communities work together, share resources and expertise to solve common societal challenges to uplift lives.
President and Mrs Tan attended a demonstration by Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF’s) Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) at the fifth workshop of the “The Physiotherapy Education Upgrade Project” at the Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Health Sciences (FMT-UHS), Vientiane City, Lao PDR. This collaborative project comprises efforts from the SIF, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and the FMT-UHS to raise the overall quality of physiotherapy education in Laos so that more persons with disabilities can enjoy a positive quality of life.
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