2nd Quarter Issue 2016


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Events & News
Why are Workers Issued Inadequate MC?
Mr. Wang's Injury Story
Giving is, Indeed, Receiving

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Re-Defining The Migrant Worker

The first half of this year has been marked with many stories of exploitation and vulnerability: high numbers of workplace fatalities, inadequate MCs issued to workers, workers being held against their will or forcefully repatriated by their employers. This is the sad reality faced by many migrant workers living in Singapore.

It's easy to have a narrow view of workers as simply hard working, exploited, and poor. We often find it easy to sympathise, but difficult to empathise. That is why we have focused on re-defining the migrant worker. Migrant workers are university degree holders, published poets, compassionate volunteers, and loving fathers. They all hope for a better future, just like you and I, and we celebrate them for who they are, not only for what they do.

The HealthServe Team

Events & News

See a snapshot below of what HealthServe has been up to between April and June 2016.

Little India Office & Shelter Opens

We are thrilled to announce the soft launch of our Little India Office and Emergency Shelter, located on Desker Road. HealthServe opened this office to better serve injured South Asian workers who frequent the area. Since opening earlier in June, we have already assisted with 30 work-injury cases. We will be starting a meal plan where workers are encouraged to cook healthier options and will begin housing workers in our emergency shelter in July.

SAMASAMA Event Over Labour Day Weekend

HealthServe partnered with ToGatherTogether over Labour Day weekend to host SAMASAMA, an art exhibition aimed at redefining migrant workers. Over the course of the 3-day event, nearly 500 guests visited the art and story showcase, which included a guided exhibition tour, a tour of the Mandai Westlite Dormitory, and dinner with migrant workers. You can view the migrant heroes featured here.

"Me Migrant" Book Launch

Our dear friend Md Mukul is now a published author in Singapore! Mukul, a construction worker from Bangladesh, is a regular volunteer at our Mandai clinic and a very talented poet. His poetry book, "Me Migrant", was launched on May 1. If you haven't gotten your hands on a copy yet, you can purchase one here.

Vital Signs Training for Injured Workers

Earlier in June, our clinic manager and four medical interns conducted a vital signs training for nine injured migrant workers. These workers volunteered 4 hours of clinic duty and monitored the vital signs of at least 10 patients in order to finish the course. It is inspiring to see our injured migrant brothers volunteering their time to help other migrant workers at our clinic.

Screenings for Health

In May, we partnered with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to conduct a health and eye screening for 230 workers at the Mandai Westlite Dormitory. In June, we partnered with Temasek Polytechnic to screen over 135 workers in Little India. From these screenings, we flagged 58 workers with optical issues and over 30 workers with high blood pressure and referred them to our clinics and network of pro bono doctors for further treatment.

Why are Migrant Workers Issued Inadequate MC?

HealthServe lawyer Ronald JJ Wong and 3 law interns explore the stakeholders involved in the issue of inadequate MC issued for migrant worker injuries, and present some data from our work-injury cases. Read the full article here.

Mr. Wang's Injury Story

28 September 2015. It was raining heavily that day, recalled Mr. Wang, as he reported to his workplace, a construction site in Punggol. It happened very quickly: an unsupported ladder perched on the wet, slippery floor fell onto Mr. Wang, leaving him unconscious.

Three of our summer medical interns spent their time with HealthServe getting to know our patients and injured workers. One worker they met, Mr. Wang, was not issued any MC after a surgery. They share Mr. Wang's work-injury story here.

Giving is, Indeed, Receiving

"What I did not yet realise was that this internship was going to change my outlook on life tremendously, especially my perspective on reaching out to the less privileged in society. In fact, my life was to be transformed 360 degrees in this short month of attachment."

HealthServe's office has been bustling with dozens of interns this summer - students from medical school, law school, liberal arts and even a few studying overseas. Read a law intern's internship reflection here.
Editor: Nhaca Le Schulze
Contributors: Ronald JJ Wong, Christopher Fong, Terence Tim,
Suah Boon Choong, Zou Xiangyu, Tan Chek Han, Seah Raynian
Photo Contributors: Kathleen Cheong, Winston Cheng,
Daniel Yeo, Jane Zhang
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