Singapore And Myanmar Healthcare Professionals Team Up To Boost Standards Of Trauma Rehabilitation In Yangon

The Singapore International Foundation’s collaboration with Singapore Health Services and Yangon General Hospital is expected to benefit at least 30,000 patients.

Yangon, Myanmar, 31 August 2018 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Yangon General Hospital (YGH) and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) launched a three-year healthcare training project in Yangon today. The aim of the Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Care project is to improve the overall quality of trauma rehabilitation care in Myanmar to benefit 30,000 patients in greater Yangon over three years. The collaboration, a first between the three partners, is in response to the heavy demand for trauma care from traffic accidents, falls, and work-related injuries which make up a sizeable portion of hospital admissions in Myanmar.

The three-year project will adopt a train-the-trainer methodology to address the care system, process issues and knowledge in trauma rehabilitation care. Training goals are two - to establish a core of well-trained personnel across disciplines for trauma rehabilitation and, to develop trauma rehabilitation protocols and service integration. Learning at four levels will involve the clinical training-of-trainers, management workshops, a study visit to Singapore and professional sharing via two symposiums held in Yangon.

Driving the collaboration is a specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIV), comprising doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from SingHealth. They will work closely with Myanmar healthcare professionals from YGH and other participating hospitals to develop a skills-upgrading programme as well as a comprehensive system for trauma rehabilitation care. The SIVs will train up to 180 healthcare professionals in Myanmar, and from this pool identify 60 master trainers. They will in turn train other Myanmar healthcare professionals, building up the professional capacity of the wider healthcare community in Myanmar.

SIF’s Executive Director Jean Tan said: “Acute trauma patients are an underserved population and we’re privileged to work alongside our Myanmar friends to improve the delivery of comprehensive trauma rehabilitation to benefit 30,000 patients in greater Yangon. We are grateful to have both SingHealth and Yangon General Hospital on board, collectively working towards ensuring healthier lives for the people of Myanmar while supporting Sustainable Development Goal 3 which seeks to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020.”  

Professor Dr Khin Myo Hla, Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Yangon General Hospital, said: “We are delighted to partner SIF and SingHealth in advancing the quality of trauma care in Myanmar. We know that trauma injuries can be highly debilitating and even potentially fatal. We look forward to fresh perspectives and learnings our medical team can share with our Singaporean counterparts. We also look forward to building stronger professional and personal ties with the Singaporean team over the course of the next three years.”

Professor Peter Lim, SIV Team Leader and Senior Consultant Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, SingHealth said: “SingHealth has been involved in medical exchanges with our colleagues in Myanmar over the last couple of decades and this project is a continuation of our collaborations. We are excited by this opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of comprehensive trauma rehabilitation care in Yangon and in Myanmar. On behalf of the SIVs, thank you for the opportunity to work together and to learn from each other, as we share this common goal of enriching lives of patients with traumatic injuries.”

Held in Yangon General Hospital, the launch was graced by Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Her Excellency Vanessa Chan, Dr Yi Yi Myint, Rector, Senior Medical Superintendent, Yangon General Hospital, Dr Myint Myint Aye, Medical Superintendent, Yangon General Hospital, and Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director.

The SIF’s Volunteer Cooperation (VC) programmes seeks to contribute to positive and sustainable development in Asia when Singaporean volunteers work with their counterparts to share expertise and effect change, while fostering greater intercultural understanding. The SIF has contributed to international cooperation projects in Myanmar since 1992. These include VC projects in the fields of education, healthcare and the environment since 1999. Previous projects involved Teaching English to Pre-schoolers (2013-2016) and Early Childhood Care and Development (2004-2015) in collaboration with Myanmar’s Department of Social Welfare; Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1999-2001) with Yangon Central Women’s Hospital; Blood Group Serology (2007-2015) with the National Health Laboratories and National Blood Center, and Water for Life (2013-2016) with Minglar Myanmar. 



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