About HealthServe

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Our Vision

A society where every migrant worker lives a life of dignity.

Our Mission

To serve disadvantaged migrant workers in Singapore through
healthcare, counseling, casework and social assistance.

To advocate for and raise awareness of the needs of migrant workers.

To bridge communities through meaningful partnerships and being a platform for effective volunteerism.

Founded in 2006, HealthServe, is an IPC registered charity that seeks to bring healing and hope to vulnerable low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.  There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore.

There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore. Access to affordable healthcare can be a problem for low wage migrant workers, particularly the 300,000 workers in the construction sector.

Primary healthcare is expensive for these workers, as foreigners in Singapore do not receive subsidies for healthcare at public institutions. By law, workers are supposed to be covered for both inpatient and outpatient treatment by their employers but not all do. In addition, fear of repatriation and cultural and language barriers also contribute to migrant workers not receiving proper treatment.

The more unfortunate amongst these workers get injured at work and may end up losing their jobs and suffering loss of pay for a protracted period. The wait for their workman compensation application to be processed and resolved can take months or years.

From a single clinic providing GP services in Geylang to meet the needs of the workers, HealthServe has expanded our range of services to the provision of GP and specialist medical services, rehabilitation, TCM pain management and dental services at 3 clinic locations, injury and salary-related casework support, social assistance, counselling and mental health programmes.

We are very much a volunteer-run organisation. Our operations are run by a lean team of 18 staff and 600+ medical and non-medical volunteers and interns. 

2006
HealthServe founded
2007
Consultations begin at our Geylang Clinic
2009
Pro bono legal clinic opened
2010
Second clinic opens in Jurong
2011
Geylang Food Project launched
2012
Specialist clinics (orthopaedic & dermatology) launched
2013
Tai Seng Centre opened, offering daily English and computer classes for migrant workers
2014
Counselling services offered at Geylang
2015
August: Third clinic opens in Mandai

October: Weekly dental clinic opened at Geylang
2017
HealthServe awarded Singaporean of the Year
2018
Some of our migrant brother’s featured in the National Day Video ‘We Are Singapore’
2019
Launched Singapore’s first ever migrant worker mental health initiative