Dragonflies: An Evening in Support of HealthServe

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HealthServe is collaborating with award-winning theatre company Pangdemonium to host the play DRAGONFLIES on Thursday 24 May 2018 at Victoria Theatre to raise funds for HealthServe and to advocate for the migrant worker community.

DRAGONFLIES tells the story of university lecturer Leslie Chen who is forced to abandon his home and life in post-Brexit England and to move his family back to his birthplace, Singapore. The play deals with the themes of immigration, displacement, xenophobia and racial prejudices. It is also a poignant tale of love, compassion, family and common humanity, giving us hope for the future. First performed at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017 to wide acclaim, the play is directed by Tracie Pang and stars Adrian Pang and Tan Kheng Hua. It has garnered 8 Life! Theatre Award nominations, including for Production of the Year, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Script.

http://pangdemonium.com/productions/dragonflies

There will be a pre-show cocktail reception at Restorante Sinfonia located at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall from 6:30pm.

We are raising funds through sponsorship for the event. Donations packages are eligible for 250% tax deduction. $500 donations include 1 seat within category 1, and $300 donations include 1 seat within category 2. To support this event, please fill out the form here and send to events@healthserve.org.sg.

For enquiries, please contact events@healthserve.org.sg.

We hope to see you there!

HealthServe and Dr Goh Wei Leong Awarded Singaporean of the Year

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Dear friend,

Last year, HealthServe celebrated its 10-year anniversary. We entered 2018 with much anticipation and excitement for what this next decade would bring. Although we had many dreams both big and small, little could we have foreseen being awarded 2017 Singaporean of the Year. What a surreal and humbling experience this has been.

I have had many thoughts about what this award means. Two emotions stand out the clearest. The first is hope. When I co-founded HealthServe over ten years ago, migrant worker issues were often at best met with confusion and at worst met with disdain. Today, the Singaporean public and a diverse group of judges have placed migrant worker issues in the limelight.  Singaporeans have said loud and clear that they care about the dignity and wellbeing of the migrant workers who have built our nation. What a tremendous encouragement that is to us.

Secondly, I am filled with gratitude. It is amazing and wonderful that 2017’s Singaporean of the Year was awarded to an organization, not only to an individual. It was awarded to a movement, a vision, a tightknit community, to all of us at HealthServe, including you. Thank you for playing your part in this award. We could not have done it without you.

We ask for your continued support as we navigate this new season with its many opportunities and challenges. Thank you once again, and congratulations to you as well for winning this award with us!

Dr Goh Wei Leong
Chairman & Co-Founder
HealthServe

ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

健康是本钱: Health is My Capital

健康是本钱: Health is my capital: a qualitative study of access to healthcare by Chinese migrants in Singapore

One of our volunteer doctors in collaboration with Dr Goh and our Case Manager, Jeffrey Chua, recently published this study aimed at exploring the experiences of Chinese migrants accessing primary and secondary/tertiary healthcare in Singapore, and the opportunities for overcoming these barriers.

You can read the full report here.

Meet Our New Staff!

HealthServe's work is ever expanding which means our team has expanded as well to keep up with the work. Meet our three new team members who have joined our team this year.

Willy Lau
Volunteer Development Manager
Joined: January 2017

Willy was on an epic backpacking overland trip with his daughter in China when Dr Goh called to offer him a volunteer development manager job with HealthServe. He was sending too many volunteers to Healthserve when he was working as a youth executive at the Presbyterian Synod that Dr Goh invited him to come onto the other side of the 'fence'. Working with youths and young adults for the past 12 years, he continues to be passionate in guiding the young people into the world of the 'hidden communities' in Singapore. As a chemist previously as well, he now enjoys new 'experiments' of colliding the world of Singaporeans and the world of the migrant workers as they form new reactions. He continues to observe, analyze and come up with new theses but this time, it's no longer in the laboratory but the human lab. 

He's happily married with three young kids and has a 16 year old Dalmatian named Choobi.

Kay Thomas
Jalan Papan Clinic Manager
Joined: March 2017

Kay joined HealthServe as volunteer in January after relocating to Singapore from the UK with her husband. She is an experienced public health professional with a successful background working on health policy and managing national programmes for the British government. Prior to moving to Singapore, Kay had been volunteering as a First Aider in a refugee camp in Calais (France), where she become very passionate about reducing the inequalities of for healthcare for migrating populations. During her undergraduate degree, Kay was fortunate to spend some time in Bangladesh with Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize Laureates) and learn about the Grameen model of social business. Her studies in Social Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine help her to bring an academic perspective to her work with the migrant workers.

Kay loves spending time outdoors and for her honeymoon, she and her husband cycled round the Scottish highlands and islands.

Yvonne Loo
Case worker
Joined: May 2017

Yvonne's entry to Healthserve was driven by her passion for people. Yvonne is a College of Alice and Peter Tan alumnus, where she and her peers pursued community engagement ideals. She has just completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology with National University of Singapore, and had 'multiplied time' in the interim for volunteering opportunities with diverse communities, as well as community-based research. 

Her understanding of humans as relational beings continue to evolve and shape her appreciation of team effort. She ferrets out unquestioned assumptions that lurk beneath needs and service. To begin: How often do you encounter the "Why" and the "We" in your understanding of migrant communities or Healthserve?

Yvonne loves cloud-watching and unprocessed food. Give her a buzz if you are also a professional bookworm!