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Trauma Rehabilitation Project In Yangon

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF), Yangon General Hospital (YGH) and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) launched a three-year healthcare training project in Yangon on 31 August 2018. The project launch was graced by Her Excellency Vanessa Chan (Singapore's Ambassador to Myanmar), Dr Thida Hla (Deputy Director General, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS)), Dr Myint Myint Aye (Medical Superintendent, YGH), Professor Ivy Ng (Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth) and Ms Jean Tan (SIF Executive Director).
The aim of the Comprehensive Trauma Rehabilitation Care project is to improve the overall quality of trauma rehabilitation care in Myanmar to benefit 30,000 patients in greater Yangon over three years. This can be done through establishing a team of well-trained personnel across disciplines for trauma rehabilitation and by developing proper trauma rehabilitation protocols to allow for greater service integration. This collaboration, a first between the three abovementioned partners, is in response to the heavy demand for trauma care from traffic accidents, falls and work-related injuries which make up a sizeable portion of hospital admissions in Myanmar.
Driving the collaboration is a specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIV) which include doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from SingHealth. They will work closely with Myanmar healthcare professionals from YGH and other participating hospitals to develop a skills-upgrading programme as well as a comprehensive system for trauma rehabilitation care. The SIVs will train up to 180 healthcare professionals in Myanmar, and from this pool identify 60 master trainers. They will in turn train other Myanmar healthcare professionals, building up the professional capacity of the wider healthcare community in Myanmar.