Remarks By Mr Jaryll Chan, SIF Division Director (Programmes), At The Closing Of The Enhancing Child And Adolescent Psychiatric Services Project In Surabaya, Indonesia

Ms Annie Retnowanti, Head of Cooperation Division, Bureau of Public Relations and Protocols of Regional Secretary of the East Java Provincial Government,
Dr Ika Indiyah Prasetyawati, Deputy Director of Medicine and Nursing, Menur Mental Hospital,
Dr Nindita Pinastikasari, Psychiatrist, Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital,
Distinguished guests,
Partners and Friends,

Selamat pagi! Thank you for joining us to celebrate the successful completion of the Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services project in Surabaya.

For the past 26 years, the Singapore International Foundation, or the SIF, has embarked on various meaningful projects and partnerships in Indonesia. These collaborations to effect positive change have also contributed greater inter-cultural understanding and ties between our communities. Today, we gather to mark the closing of our healthcare collaboration in child and adolescent psychiatry.

At present, there is a growing consensus across the globe that mental health is important, particularly for the youths. Despite this, the scarcity of child and adolescent psychiatry services remains prevalent in many parts of the world. To help meet this need, the SIF embarked on a project with Menur Mental Hospital and Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital two years ago. This would mark our second collaboration with public health institutions in East Java after the fruitful completion of the SIF’s Community-based Geriatric Psychiatry project in 2013.

Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services is a two-year specialist volunteer training project aimed at enhancing child and adolescent psychiatric services in public health institutions in East Java. In a span of two years, the project has helped more than 10,000 people in the province. This includes children and adolescent patients who received treatment, mental health practitioners from participating hospitals, as well as the wider community of family and caregivers who benefited through the training.

Over the last two years, a dedicated team of Singapore International Volunteers, or SIVs, have volunteered to share ideas, skills and resources with their Indonesian peers. The SIVs trained close to 200 local mental health practitioners through a series of clinical workshops, booster sessions, a study visit to Singapore last September, and a symposium that will be held later today. Among this pool of trainees, we had identified a core group of 27 Master Trainers responsible for sharing their new knowledge and skills with others in the field. This training-of-trainers approach is meant to augment the project’s sustainability and impact. 

The successful outcomes of this project would not have been possible without the unwavering support and hospitality of our host partners. I would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Menur Mental Hospital and Dr Radjiman Wediodiningrat Mental Hospital. I would also like to thank our passionate team of SIVs from Changi General Hospital and Institute of Mental Health who have worked tirelessly with their Indonesian colleagues. I am delighted to hear feedback that the project had been a two-way learning experience, resulting in friendships and a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures. This is testament to the power of international collaboration – something that spurs on what we do at the SIF.

In all, this project is a further expansion of the longstanding history of cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia. On that note, I hope that we will continue to harness our friendship and gotong-royong spirit to make the world a better place.

Thank you. I wish you an enriching day ahead.

 

 

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