Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan launched the SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) on 21 September, at the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2018.
Governments and health systems face many challenges in achieving health goals for their communities. This has become even more difficult, with rapid globalisation, increasing disease burdens and new and emerging infectious diseases.
The SDGHI was set up with the aim of addressing current and emerging health challenges across ASEAN member states and in other Asian countries.
Professor Ivy Ng, Group CEO, SingHealth said, “Solutions to health challenges do not always come from our own backyard. By working with regional collaborators, our healthcare professionals will gain valuable insights to hone their clinical skills and research expertise to address emerging health challenges and disease threats.
“The SDGHI will enable us to work with partners in the region to push the boundaries of medicine and achieve better health outcomes for our respective communities.”
Helmed by Professor Michael H. Merson, former vice-provost for global affairs at Duke University and founding director of the University’s Duke Global Health Institute, the SDGHI will provide many opportunities for researchers, educators and healthcare practitioners across the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre to gain deeper insights, gain greater exposure and conduct research studies into global health.
Parkway Pantai’s S$2 million gift to support medical education
The SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Heath Institute will focus its efforts on four areas:
1. Promote and conduct research that responds to current and emerging health issues in neighbouring countries
2. Provide a platform for interdisciplinary global health education and training
3. Facilitate policy dialogues to strengthen health systems, access and coverage
4. Enhance the capacity of institutions in the region to improve health through robust collaborations
At the SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress 2018, private healthcare group, Parkway Pantai, presented a generous gift of S$2 million to go towards the establishment of the Mount Elizabeth-Gleneagles Graduate Scholarship Fund. The Fund will support financially needy Duke-NUS students through medical scholarship awards and fund talent development awards for medical students from all three local medical schools who have excelled at their individual or group academic projects.