Singapore and Vietnam Work Together to Boost Haemodialysis Care in North Vietnam

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) partners with Hanoi Medical University (HMU) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) for the first time to enhance standards in haemodialysis care for over 5,000 kidney patients in the region.

Ms Chan Siew Mie (left, in white top), Singapore International Volunteer and Senior Nurse Manager from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, demonstrating permanent catheter dressing techniques to Vietnamese master trainers during the clinical training workshop.

On 21 January 2018, a classroom filled with over 30 haemodialysis caregivers from Hanoi, Vietnam and neighbouring provinces was abuzz with the cross-sharing of best practices in the field with their Singapore counterparts. This followed video demonstrations on current haemodialysis care procedures carried out by Singaporean medical staff. Topics include ‘Environmental Decontamination and Disinfection in a Dialysis Unit’ and ‘Management of Blood Spills’. They also witnessed ‘live’ clinical demonstrations by Singapore International Volunteers (SIV), comprising TTSH doctors and nurses specialised in Renal Medicine.

The demonstrations and exchanging of ideas kicked off the first clinical training workshop of the SIF’s Haemodialysis Care Project in North Vietnam. It aims to help meet increasing needs in haemodialysis care for over 5,000 patients with kidney illnesses in the region. The project will enable both sides to collaborate through a training-of-trainers approach. Over the next two-and-a-half years, Vietnamese participants, including a core group of master trainers, will also undergo various training workshops, leadership engagement sessions, and a study visit to Singapore.

“We, nurses working in the haemodialysis field, sincerely thank the SIF and Singapore International Volunteers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital for training us. It has only been two days but the experience and skills that they have shared have been highly valuable. The enthusiasm and dedication that they have shown motivate us to study and work harder. In my opinion, they are not only our lecturers, but also our friends and colleagues,” said Nguyen Bang Tung, master trainer and Head Nurse, Renal Department, Bach Mai Hospital.

Ms Ooi Swee Ling (right), Singapore International Volunteer and Assistant Nurse Clinician, Renal Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, sharing her medical expertise with Vietnamese healthcare practitioners during a training workshop to ensure the delivery of safe healthcare services to kidney patients.

At the launch ceremony, guest-of-honour Associate Professor Nguyen Duc Hinh, President of HMU, shared that the University aspires to seize opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges and learnings with other countries. He said: “Singapore is a developed country with an advanced healthcare training and service system. We hope that our collaboration with the SIF and TTSH will support the development of medical human resources in the field of haemodialysis and improve the standards of healthcare in Vietnam. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Singaporean partners in the coming years.”

Other notable guests included Singapore’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Catherine Wong; Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Chairman of the SIF; and Associate Professor Ha Phan Hai An, Director, International Cooperation, HMU and Head, Kidney Diseases and Dialysis Department, Viet Duc Hospital. Prof An, who will lead the Vietnamese trainees throughout the project, shared that: “For Vietnam, Singapore is an example that we are working hard to emulate. Singapore is an Asian country with similar backgrounds but we need to ask ourselves, why is it so well-developed? As Vietnam strives for development, perhaps we can learn from Singapore who also went through a difficult time but found ways to rise up. This [project] is a learning model for us.”

Since 1994, the SIF’s programmes seek to connect Singaporean and Vietnamese peoples to collaborate for positive change. The Haemodialysis Care Project is part of the SIF’s efforts to contribute to positive and sustainable development in Asia. This is in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-Being) and SDG 17 which centres on the value of global partnerships and cooperation.


Associate Professor Ha Phan Hai An (standing), Head of International Cooperation, Hanoi Medical University and Director of Kidney Diseases and Dialysis Department, Viet Duc Hospital, giving introductory remarks at the first training workshop of the Haemodialysis Care Project.
Vietnamese master trainers, comprising doctors, nurses and technicians, gaining new knowledge and insights in haemodialysis care from Singapore International Volunteers at the first training workshop of the two and a half-year project.
Chairman of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) Ambassador Ong Keng Yong (left) exchanges a handshake with guest-of-honour Associate Professor Nguyen Duc Hinh, President of Hanoi Medical University (right) at the launch of the Haemodialysis Care Project in Hanoi, Vietnam. The project is a collaboration between Singaporean and Vietnamese healthcare professionals, aimed at improving the overall quality of haemodialysis care in North Vietnam.
Singapore and Vietnam VIPs take a commemorative shot with representatives of the Singapore International Foundation, Singapore International Volunteers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Hanoi Medical University at the Haemodialysis Care Project launch in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Singapore International Volunteers, doctors and nurses from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, take a commemorative shot with their Vietnamese counterparts, master trainers who will be equipped with enhanced knowledge and skills in haemodialysis care over the next two and a half years of the project.


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