Speech By Mr Jaryll Chan, SIF Director Of Programmes Division, At The Closing Of The Emergency Medical Care And Management Project In Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good morning and thank you for joining us to celebrate the successful collaboration between Singaporean and Cambodian healthcare professionals to collectively enhance the standards of emergency medical care and management in Cambodia. The SIF’s Emergency Medical Care and Management Project in Cambodia has been a fulfilling journey as we look back at the impact that has been made by joining hands for a good cause.
Over the past two years, this project has enabled the exchange of expertise, knowledge and skills between Singaporean and Cambodian healthcare professionals. Together, we have trained more than 900 healthcare professionals in four hospitals and one university in Phnom Penh, to benefit more than 23,000 patients.
The exchange has also provided both sides with opportunities to learn and adapt good emergency care and management practices. We are heartened that the Emergency Medical Care and Management Project has played a part in augmenting the medical institutions’ collective efforts to tackle the increasing number of time-critical emergencies and provide better medical care for the patients. Through the training workshops, the Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) have also equipped a select group of 20 Master Trainers with the pedagogical skills to transfer the acquired knowledge to their peers in the healthcare sector. Taking such a cascade training approach has helped compound the project’s impact and sustainability
An undertaking of this scale would not be possible without the support of many parties. Our heartfelt thanks go to our longstanding partners – Calmette Hospital and the University of Health Science, and SingHealth – who have provided talent or funding to enable the programme. We are also grateful to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, Preah Kossamak Hospital and National Maternal and Child Health Center for their support in this project.
The SIF seeks to build a better world by bringing global communities together to promote greater international understanding and development. Our work, be it in education, healthcare, arts, environment or livelihood, have connected communities and enable collaborations to effect positive change. Our friendship with Cambodia is a longstanding one – 16 years to be exact. We look forward to an enduring friendship between our people, institutions, and countries for a better world.
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