Access to affordable and quality healthcare is an integral part of human well-being and social development. Our healthcare projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 3 that aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. Working with overseas communities, we identify and implement changes to improve quality of life and to build capacity in a sustainable manner.

We bring in our teams of specialist volunteers from Singapore to share their expertise, skills and best practices in various focus areas including maternal and child health, emergency medicine, trauma and rehabilitation, mental health, palliative care, internal medicine and allied health.

Ongoing Projects

Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Care in Yangon, Myanmar

Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Care in Yangon, Myanmar

Host partner: Yangon General Hospital

Singapore partners: Singapore General Hospital and SingHealth

Project aim: To strengthen the trauma rehabilitation care ecosystem in Myanmar.

Duration: 2018 - 2022

Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers will train about 180 Myanmar healthcare professionals in the latest standards of care and share best practices. Participants’ enhanced skills and knowledge will benefit at least 30,000 patients across three years. Participating hospitals and institutions include the National Rehabilitation Hospital, North Okkalapa General Hospital, Yangon Orthopaedic Hospital, Mandalay General Hospital, University of Medicine 1, and University of Medicine 2. The project is expected to improve the delivery of comprehensive trauma rehabilitation to benefit 30,000 patients in greater Yangon.

Haemodialysis Care in Hanoi, Vietnam

Haemodialysis Care in Hanoi, Vietnam

Host partner: Hanoi Medical University

Singapore partner: Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

Project aim: To enhance the knowledge and skills of haemodialysis doctors, nurses, and technicians in Hanoi.

Duration: 2018 - 2020

Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers comprising TTSH specialists in renal care will train 80 of these healthcare professionals, including 12 Master Trainers who will in turn share their expertise with colleagues in this field. Six workshops and lectures comprising basic, intermediate, and advanced modules for haemodialysis caregivers, including senior management staff, will be conducted. Hospital leaders and senior management will also take part in joint discussions about quality assurance and standardised protocols for care in central and provincial hospitals in Vietnam. The project is expected to improve the overall quality of care for over 5,000 kidney patients in the region.

Paediatric Emergency & Neonatal Care in Surabaya, Indonesia

Paediatric Emergency & Neonatal Care in Surabaya, Indonesia

Host partner: Haji Surabaya General Hospital

Singapore partners: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and SingHealth

Project aim: To reduce infant and child mortality rates in East Java through enhanced paediatric emergency and neonatal care delivery in six participating hospitals and two health centres.

Duration: 2018 - 2022

Outcomes: Specialist Singapore International Volunteers comprising senior consultants and nurses from the Children’s Emergency and Neonatology departments of KKH will impart knowledge and skills to 850 Indonesian doctors, nurses and healthcare workers through clinical workshops, symposia and training on topics such as chest compression, intubation, and defibrillation. A core group of 24 Master Trainers will then teach these skills to their peers in the field, creating wider impact for this project. With the support of the East Java Provincial Government, the project is expected to enhance the quality of care for over 50,000 young patients annually.

Enhancing Palliative Care in Yunnan, China

Enhancing Palliative Care in Yunnan, China

Host partners: Yunnan New Kun Hua Hospital, Yunnan Health and Development Research Association

Singapore partner: Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

Project aim: To strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals who provide end-of-life care services for the terminally ill in Yunnan.

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Outcomes: Specialist Singapore International Volunteers from TTSH will share their knowledge, skills, and resources in palliative care with Chinese healthcare practitioners. The trainees include a group of 50 Master Trainers comprising doctors and nurses from the palliative, oncology, and geriatric departments of 18 hospitals and palliative care facilities in Kunming and surrounding counties. They will help train others in the field, amplifying the capacity-building impact of the programme. By 2021, this project is expected to benefit an estimated 36,000 terminal patients and caregivers in Yunnan.

Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta, Indonesia

Occupational Therapy for Children with Special Needs in Jakarta, Indonesia

Host partner: Foundation for the Development of Children with Special Needs (YPAC) Jakarta

Singapore partners: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and SingHealth

Project aim: To enhance support for children with special needs, such as those with autism and cerebral palsy in Jakarta.

Duration: 2019 - 2022

Outcomes: A team of Singapore International Volunteers comprising occupational therapists from KKH will train 50 special education (SPED) practitioners from YPAC Jakarta and other participating SPED institutions. By 2022, these SPED practitioners will be able to execute fundamental behaviour management strategies for the children they work with. They will be able to match developmental milestones to various activities performed by the beneficiaries, teach self-care skills, and assess and document beneficiaries’ progress. The project is expected to directly benefit 2,000 members of the Indonesian community, including patients and their families, teachers, volunteers, and supporting therapists.

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Enabling Palliative Care Trainers in Bandung, Indonesia

Host partners: Indonesia Cancer Foundation (YKI), YKI West Java and Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital

Singapore partner: Individual volunteers from the palliative care sector in Singapore

Project aim: To improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients in need of palliative care in West Java.

Duration: 2019 - 2022

Outcomes: Singapore International Volunteers comprising healthcare professionals from the palliative care sector will train 50 Indonesian practitioners using a two-track multi-disciplinary approach. This includes two years of basic training, and one additional year of advanced training. Medical practitioners will be trained with the knowledge and skills in providing enhanced hospital/community-based palliative care services; sharing good practices for an integrated approach to managing patients and caregivers; and building the capabilities of 20 Master Trainers to facilitate further training. The project is expected to benefit 80,000 lives in West Java, Indonesia by 2022.

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