Singaporean and Vietnamese Healthcare Professionals Collaborate to Enhance Standards of Haemodialysis Care in Hanoi
The launch marks Singapore International Foundation’s first healthcare project in haemodialysis care and inaugural collaboration with Hanoi Medical University and Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Hanoi, Vietnam, 22 January 2018 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) launched a two-and-a-half-year healthcare training project in Hanoi today. The Haemodialysis Care Project, a collaboration between Singaporean and Vietnamese healthcare professionals, aims to improve the overall quality of haemodialysis care in North Vietnam. Held in HMU, the launch was graced by guest-of-honour Associate Professor Nguyen Duc Hinh, President of Hanoi Medical University and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Chairman of the SIF.
The project aims to help meet the increasing demands in haemodialysis care in the region in two ways: to enhance the training of Vietnamese caregivers to ensure the delivery of safe healthcare practices to kidney patients, and to update the caregivers on the current standards of care in this specialty. The project will comprise five components – clinical training workshops and lectures, leadership engagement sessions, a study visit to Singapore, a symposium, and the development and distribution of professional guidelines on haemodialysis care.
The collaborative project will see a specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIV), comprising TTSH doctors and nurses from the department of Renal Medicine, working together with healthcare professionals from HMU, Bach Mai Hospital, Viet Duc Hospital and other hospitals and dialysis centres in Hanoi. The SIVs will share their experience, knowledge and skills with their Vietnamese counterparts to train a core group of 60 master trainers (MT). The MTs will in turn train Vietnamese healthcare professionals in this field, thereby building professional capacity to benefit the wider healthcare community in Vietnam. The project is expected to improve the overall quality of care for over 5,000 kidney patients in the region.
Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, SIF Chairman, said: “We are heartened today to begin a new chapter with our partners from both Singapore and Vietnam. At the heart of the SIF’s work, we connect world communities to collaborate and effect positive change. Through this project, we will bring together our SIVs and their Vietnamese counterparts to share insights and impart ideas, skills and resources with each other. It is our hope that collectively, we will enhance haemodialysis care in the region for long-term sustainability.”
Associate Professor Nguyen Duc Hinh, President, Hanoi Medical University, said: “We are pleased to partner with the SIF and TTSH in our continuous efforts to improve the standards of healthcare in Vietnam. Singapore is among one of the leading nations in advanced healthcare training and services. By working together with the Singaporean team, our medical staff will benefit from new perspectives in this field. We look forward to building stronger professional and personal ties with our Singaporean counterparts for many years to come.”
Associate Professor Adrian Liew, SIV Team Leader, and Head and Senior Consultant, Renal Medicine, TTSH, said: “On behalf of the SIV team, we are honoured to be given this opportunity to contribute to the haemodialysis care sector in Vietnam. We look forward to collaborating with our Vietnamese colleagues to learn from each other in enhancing the standards of haemodialysis care to enrich the lives of patients suffering from kidney-related illnesses.”
Since 1994, the SIF has collaborated in projects with various institutional and individual partners in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, in the fields of healthcare, education and arts and culture, and social entrepreneurship. The Haemodialysis Care Project also marks the first collaboration between the SIF and TTSH after inking a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2017. The MOU was signed for the joint development of specialist volunteer projects in healthcare designed to achieve sustainable development and strengthen friendships with neighbouring countries.