9 April 2017
We strongly believe in doing well and doing good, by giving back to communities in which we were nurtured in and where we now operate. Hence, we incorporated the Fullerton Health Foundation in 2015 with the mission to improve the lives of the underprivileged by making education and healthcare in Asia more affordable and accessible.
This includes campaigning for change, collaborating with charities, private sector and government entities, to build capacity in healthcare and education, grant giving to non-profit organizations and commitment of in-kind resources which allows us to leverage on the competencies developed through our main managed care business, and bring healthcare to the doorstep of the underprivileged. Specifically for our mobile health clinics, through early detection and good management of chronic diseases, complications can be avoided or delayed for many years, leading to better health outcomes.
We set up a pop-up pharmacy outside Loving Heart’s office, to dispense medication and Gold Cards to residents with chronic illnesses after their consultation with our GPs.
More than 180 Fluarix Tetra flu vaccinations were given during Project Big Heart. This injection is administered through a pre-filled syringe and injected into the upper arm. It protects the body against four types of influenza virus and immunity lasts for approximately one year.
Regular health screenings are important to identify the onset of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early detection and treatment often results in better health outcomes. Aunty looks pleased with her BP reading!
Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam, at a eye screening station at Project Big Heart Feburary 2016
We started Project Big Heart in Jan 2015. In its first run, our staff, doctors, nurses and senior management, in partnership with Jurong Central GRC and Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre, provided free consultation and medication to over 200 elderly and underprivileged Singaporeans. The health checks are targeted at chronic disease identification and treatment, such as hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Over the past seven runs, we have expanded our services to include cataract screenings, flu vaccinations, house calls, ECG examinations, cardiologist consultations and blood glucose tests. A “pop up” dispensary is set up at each Project Big Heart, to dispense medicine to the poor immediately after their diagnosis. This saves them considerable time and effort, as they do not need to make a separate trip to the pharmacy or clinic. In addition, low income residents who have chronic diseases are given a Gold Card, which entitles them to a lifetime of free GP consultations and medication. To date, we have screened more than 1,500 residents, and dispensed more than $250,000 worth of medication.
Project Big Heart April 2017 volunteers from Jurong Central Grassroot Organisation, Loving Heart Multi-Service Centre (Jurong Central), Ocean Health, NUHS, Singapore Anglican Community Service and Fullerton Health.
Team Fullerton Health - comprising of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, senior management, staff and family.
Global Assistance embarked on three projects in 2015 aimed at empowering the public through health education, early disease detection and improving access to good healthcare. The Joglo Project, in collaboration with the Jakarta Rotary Club, saw 275 residents from Joglo Kampung screened for tuberculosis. The Sekolah Bisah Project is a partnership with students from the British School Jakarta to provide preventive health care to a local primary school of 25 students. These students received free health checks, vaccinations, boosters and joint health promotion and education programs. Under the Desa Putra Project, we offered free health checks and health screenings to the teachers of the Desa Putra orphanage. In June 2016, Global Assistance launched Project Better Health for our Children by providing medical services to orphans at Yayasan Kami Satu in Citeureup. This project is scheduled to last through December 2016.
In 2016, Tirta provided blood pressure tests, blood sugar tests, medical consultations and general health talks to more than 2,000 participants in Berau, Tanjung Tabalong and Batu Sopang in Kalimantan.
Crowd registering for the event in Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Blood pressure test to Tanjung Tabalong’s residents, South Kalimantan
We have undertaken a corporate social responsibility plan focusing on mental health. We have entered into a partnership with Head Space, a prominent mental health organization in Australia. This partnership involves three elements: commercial support to Head Space, training and development of Fullerton clinicians in Australia and research support. We also have a range of other initiatives and partnerships with worthy charities and causes, including the Jodi Lee Foundation, which is dedicated to increasing awareness of bowel cancer.