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SingHealth programme to help Makassar deal with disasters

SingHealth Group will conduct a programme to help Makassar, Indonesia deal with disasters over a period of two years.

SINGAPORE: SingHealth Group will conduct a programme to help Makassar, Indonesia deal with disasters over a period of two years.

Temasek Foundation is contributing S$554,300 to the programme, with SingHealth and Hasanuddin University providing assistance and in-kind contribution.

A team of medical practitioners from Singapore General Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Surgery, and KK Women's and Children's Hospital's Department of Children's Emergency, will create a Disaster Medicine Education Programme.

The aim is to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and the local disaster management team to deal with emergencies during disaster, with particular focus on preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.

Indonesia's Sulawesi region is an area prone to natural disasters owing to its geographical location.

Hasanuddin University, which is based in Makassar, and their affiliated hospitals have been providing disaster management for the Sulawesi region.

Professor Ivy Ng, SingHealth's group chief executive officer, said: "SingHealth, as a healthcare leader in the region, is privileged to be able to share our best practices and expertise in disaster management, which we believe will make a meaningful, continuing impact on the people of Makassar.

"Such partnerships not only strengthen our relationships with neighbouring countries, they also give us the opportunity to better evaluate and improve our disaster medical education programmes."

Mr Benedict Cheong, Temasek Foundation's chief executive officer, said: "From time to time, communities in Asia face disasters that cause damage to their homes and great distress to their lives and livelihoods.

"Hence, it is vital that medical and community health professionals be equipped to develop disaster management systems, and be better trained to assist their communities to respond in the eventuality of disasters."

Training for the first batch of participants begins in May and is expected to be completed by November 2015.

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