Seeking Affordable Healthcare

“I was very upset” recalls Rona, when he had to choose between paying for dental treatment and sending money back home to his family in April this year. He visited the dentist before dormitories went into lockdown this year. Rona was told that treatment for this toothache will cost $200-$300 and says he was on […]

Intervention to help with H’s ear discomfort

After experiencing discomfort in his left ear in April 2020, H* sought treatment at an external clinic. However, the pain recurred in August and that was when he came to HealthServe’s Geylang clinic on a friend’s recommendation. His condition affected his hearing and also caused pain when he was exposed to loud sounds. Working in […]

Mr Congeniality

With an amicable face that is more often than not lit up with a smile, A* has been dubbed “Mr Congeniality” by some members of the HealthServe team. After hearing about HealthServe’s clinic from a friend after experiencing gastric pain, A* visited our Geylang clinic in April 2020. Subsequently, he has been at our clinic […]

Getting better with help and support

X* was in Singapore for just slightly over a year, but his journey hasn’t been easy by any means. Shortly after arriving in Singapore in July 2019, he tells us he sustained a serious injury after falling from the back of a moving vehicle while working in the waste management sector. He struck his head […]

Zakir’s refreshing experience in Singapore

From June to September, HealthServe met more than 3000 migrant workers through our weekly cruise ship engagements. Our team had the chance to connect and learn about their stories and time in Singapore so far. Here’s Zakir’s story so far, we hope that more of our migrant friends can feel safe and welcome in Singapore […]

Leaving with a heavy heart and newfound hope

A few days ago we bid farewell to GL, an easy-going, amicable Chinese brother from Yangzhou, Jiangsu. Before leaving, GL generously bought snacks and drinks for the staff and the migrant brothers and sisters at the Geylang drop-in centre, many of whom address him affectionately as “大哥” (big brother). We saw him off together with […]

One phone call away, miles apart

“手机不能用,又没法出去,能不急吗?” (“I can’t use my phone nor go out — how can I not worry?”) Frustratingly, Wang’s employer was largely unresponsive. As a result, Wang was unable to secure a swab test before his flight, a necessary prerequisite for him to board the plane, and had not received his promised salary since April.  Distressed and […]

A New Opportunity

After completing pre-university education, D* first came to Singapore in 2007 to work. As the oldest child in his family, he sacrificed higher education and instead worked so that his family could afford to send his two younger siblings to university. Now, he also earns money to support his parents and his three-year-old daughter back […]

An Old Friend- Mr Shah

Mr Shah is a Bangladeshi construction worker who first came to Singapore in 1997. He came to our Geylang clinic on Tuesday for chills but he tells us it’s not his first time there. In fact, he’s “come a lot of times” since his first visit to our clinic more than 10 years ago in […]

Best Friends Day – Found Family

In my first meeting with Hasan, we had been speaking for around fifteen minutes when he had to cut his interview short. He had received a phone call, one so important he picked up right after seeing the caller ID. “I have emergency,” he said. I wondered momentarily if it was about the passport he […]