Singapore-Indonesia Collaboration In Paediatric Emergency And Neonatal Care To Benefit Over 50,000 Lives Annually In East Java, Indonesia

The cross-border healthcare programme seeks to address the universal challenge of reducing mortality rate of infants and children under five years of age.

Surabaya, Indonesia, 31 July 2018 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), in partnership with Surabaya Haji General Hospital and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), announced the launch of a four-year Paediatric Emergency & Neonatal Care Project today. In line with Indonesia’s national goal of reducing the mortality rate of infants and children under the age of five, the project aims to enhance the provision of care for paediatric emergency and neonatal services in public health institutions in East Java, Indonesia.

Taking a training-of-trainers approach, the project is designed to build the capacity of Indonesian healthcare practitioners in providing critical care for infants and children at risk. The collaborative project will include five components – clinical training workshops, a study visit for the Indonesian healthcare practitioners to Singapore, leadership dialogues, symposia, and community outreach efforts to educate the public on the subject. With the support of the East Java Provincial Government, the project is expected to enhance the quality of care for over 50,000 young patients annually.

The project will be led by a specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIV), comprising a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nurses from KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH). Through the sharing of knowledge and skills with their Indonesian counterparts, the SIVs will train local healthcare practitioners in managing time-sensitive paediatric and infant emergencies. Among this pool of trainees, a core team of 24 master trainers will receive additional training to cascade their knowledge to others in the field, thus benefiting the larger community.

Mr Shee Tse Koon, Governor, SIF said: “At the SIF, our work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding, inspire action and enable collaborations for good. We are heartened to embark on another healthcare collaboration with the people of Indonesia to effect long-term positive change. It is our hope that the next four years of sharing of resources and skills between the Singaporean and Indonesian communities will enhance the quality of care for children and infants at risk, as well as benefit the wider community impacted by this global healthcare issue.”

Dr Sri Agustina Ariandani, Director, Surabaya Haji General Hospital, said: “The Surabaya Haji General Hospital is pleased to embark on this partnership with the SIF and SingHealth for the Paediatric Emergency and Neonatal Care Project. We are grateful for the support of our Singaporean partners in enabling comprehensive care for children and infants in East Java who require immediate medical attention. We are certain that our local medical professionals will gain valuable insights and experiences from this cross-border collaboration and in turn, contribute back to the Indonesian society with sustainable solutions.”

Prof Chua Yeow Leng, Group Director, International Collaboration Office, SingHealth said: “We are privileged to partner the Surabaya Haji General Hospital to develop a training programme to enhance paediatric emergency and neonatal care services in Surabaya. This is an important undertaking that aims to reduce the infant and under-5 mortality rate in East Java province and we hope to nurture a strong and sustainable pipeline of healthcare professionals to provide timely, quality care to patients.”

Adjunct Professor Victor Samuel Rajadurai, SIF Specialist Team Leader and Senior Consultant, Department of Neonatology, KKH, said: “On behalf of the Singapore International Volunteers team, we are honoured to contribute to this collaborative effort in improving the quality of care for critically ill children and newborns in East Java, Indonesia. Since the start of the project’s feasibility study in 2016, we have been very encouraged by the teamwork between the Singaporean and Indonesian communities. With the successful launch of this project, our multidisciplinary team of medical and nursing specialists from KKH will continue to pledge our commitment in sharing life-saving knowledge and best practices, and look forward to learning from our Indonesian friends in the coming years.”

The Paediatric Emergency & Neonatal Care Project in East Java marks another milestone in the SIF’s efforts to provide meaningful ways for the people of Singapore and Indonesia to come together to enhance mutual understanding and trust through a wide range of collaborations at the people-to-people level. The SIF’s work in Indonesia began in 1992 primarily in the areas of healthcare and education capacity-building projects, and in recent years included projects in the areas of social entrepreneurship and arts and culture. On a global scale, the project contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 3 in ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all ages. 



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