Welcome Remarks by Assoc Prof Peter Pang, SIF Governor, at the Launch of Enabling Palliative Care Trainers Project, at Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia

Dr Diah Poerwanti, Head, Indonesian Cancer Foundation West Java and Organising Committee,
Dr R Nina Susana Dewi, President Director, Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital,
Prof Dr dr Aru Wisaksono Sudoyo, Chairman, Indonesian Cancer Foundation,
Ibu Atalia Praratya Ridwan Kamil, Chairman, Family Welfare Development Team,
Mdm Siti Muthmainah Oded Daniel, Chairman, Indonesian Cancer Foundation, Bandung City Chapter,
Officials from the West Java Provincial Government and Bandung Health Office,
Distinguished guests,
Partners and friends,

Selamat pagi! Thank you for joining us for the launch of the Singapore International Foundation’s, or SIF’s, Enabling Palliative Care Trainers Project in Bandung.

We have made significant progress. This is our third healthcare collaboration with Indonesia, following two others in Jakarta, over the past ten years. There is still much to be done in this shared area of concern, particularly as more people live longer and face greater risk of terminal illness. Its importance was also underlined by the World Health Assembly in 2014, which resolved that palliative care must be integrated into public healthcare systems as a key component of comprehensive care. Yet, only one in 10 people who need palliative care currently receives it. I am heartened to see Singaporeans and Indonesians coming together to reaffirm our commitment to tackling this global health issue.

In 2009, we began our first palliative care project in Jakarta, Palliative Care for Children, with Rachel House, the first Indonesian paediatric palliative home care service. Subsequently, with the Indonesian Cancer Foundation in 2015, we launched the Enhancing Palliative Care Practice project in Jakarta – a three-year collaboration that was successfully completed in March last year. The outcomes from these projects have been very encouraging – close to 20,000 lives have been positively impacted. And the homecare model introduced during our first project was endorsed by the National Association of Nurses. Encouraged by this success, we are now expanding our efforts to West Java with our latest project, Enabling Palliative Care Trainers.

Over the next three years, the SIF, Indonesian Cancer Foundation, its West Java chapter, and Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, will work towards improving the quality of life of patients who face terminal illnesses in this province. By 2022, we hope to benefit at least 80,000 people in the local community. Our team of specialist volunteers from Singapore will share knowledge and best practices on palliative care with practitioners in West Java through various components, including training workshops and a symposium. A core group of 20 master trainers will then be identified and equipped to train their peers in this field. I am pleased to hear that five master trainers from our previous Jakarta projects will return as mentors for this collaboration in Bandung.

This project would not have been possible without the support of our valued partners. I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Indonesian Cancer Foundation and its West Java Chapter, as well as Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, for believing in the work of the SIF. I would also like to thank Dr Akhiles and his team of Singapore International Volunteers for their generosity of spirit and dedication. Dr Akhiles must now be a familiar face to our Indonesian partners, having shared his expertise in the area of palliative care since 2009.

The SIF and Indonesia share a longstanding friendship dating back to 1992. Singaporeans and Indonesians have come together to participate in over 100 initiatives to share ideas, skills and resources in areas such as healthcare, education, arts and social entrepreneurship. The commitment by both Singaporeans and Indonesians to work together to improve lives is testament to the “gotong-royong” spirit between our peoples. It exemplifies the good that can happen when communities with a shared objective, connect and collaborate for positive change.

A big Thank You, or Terima Kasih, to everyone for your hand in friendship through the years. I wish you all an enriching day ahead.



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