Indonesia is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, regularly experiencing earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, volcanic eruptions, flooding and drought. Spread across 6,000 inhabited islands, communities in Indonesia face numerous hazards, as well as differing levels of disaster response capacity, posing a challenge to preparing for and responding to disasters. To address this gap, Temasek Foundation International, a non-profit philanthropic organisation funded by Temasek Trust, has partnered with Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and Hasanuddin University, Makassar (Indonesia) to launch the Temasek Foundation International-SingHealth Disaster Preparedness Programme in Makassar, Indonesia. Ultimately, the programme aims to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and local disaster management teams to deal with the medical management of emergencies during disaster situations.
The programme, which began in February 2014 and concluded in February 2016, involved 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 who collaborated to train 430 medical specialists and community health responders in Makassar, comprising of 50 master trainers and 380 healthcare workers and community first responders. Furthermore, to extend the impact of the training to the wider community, these 430 participants are now planning to train 500 more of their peers in Indonesia in disaster medical management.
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About Temasek Foundation International
Temasek Foundation International is a Singapore-based non-profit philanthropic organisation that funds and supports programmes, which aim to build capabilities with programme partners in Asia and beyond. These programmes enable human and social capital development, contributing towards a more vibrant and connected global community, with positive networks of cooperation. Temasek Foundation International also manages the Singapore Technologies Endowment Programme.
SingHealth is Singapore’s largest group of healthcare institutions. The group was formed in 2000 and consists of three public hospitals across the island, five specialist centres and a network of nine polyclinics. The group operates Singapore General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Sengkang Health. The group runs five specialist centres which include National Cancer Centre Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore National Eye Centre, National Dental Centre of Singapore and the National Neuroscience Institute.
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According to the Red Cross, for each dollar spent on disaster preparedness, an average of four dollars is saved on disaster response and recovery. Disaster preparedness and risk reduction can equip communities with the tools to reduce the number of lives lost and protect livelihoods.