4th Quarter Issue 2015


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Events & News
Legal and Policy Developments
• Intern Reflections

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Happy 2016 from all of us at HealthServe!

2015 was a big year for HealthServe. We opened a dental clinic, expanded our medical services to Mandai, and saw victories on a number of cases. In 2016 we hope to provide medical and legal services to an even greater number of migrant workers who need them, to take us one step closer to our vision: a society where every migrant worker lives a life of dignity. Thank you for your generosity and support.

The HealthServe Team

Events & News

Quarter 4 of 2015 was a busy time for us. See a snapshot below of some of the exciting events that happened between October to December 2015.

President's Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards

Proto credit: NVPC

15 October - HealthServe was honoured to be among the six recipients of the 2015 President’s Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam presented the awards to six groups and individuals who have made a strong impact in Singapore by inspiring people, especially local Singaporeans, through volunteerism.

Health Screening at Tampines & Woodlands Dormitory

Photo credit: N Schulze

1 November - Tampines: Over 60 students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic partnered with HealthServe to offer free health screenings, including eye exams, to over 100 migrant workers living at Tampines Dormitory.

Photo credit: Daniel Yeo

23 November - Woodlands: In collaboration with the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, approximately 40 migrant workers living at the Woodlands dormitory received free health screenings, including BMI, blood-glucose level and blood pressure tests, from NUS Medical students.


Invisible Voices: A Collective Film Screening

Photo Credit: Winsten Cheng & N Schulze

27 November - In collaboration with *SCAPE, HealthServe presented "Invisible Voices", a collective film screening of four films that explore the migrant worker community in Singapore. The films included "Existence" by Jeanette Lim, Yan Jun Hua, Audrey Woon, and Wallace Woon, "Come Fly Away With Me" by Martin Hong, "What is Labour Day Like in Singapore?" By Ministry of Funny, and "Invisible Voices" by Liu Longhao.

Christmas Celebrations

December - In December our partners organised 7 fun-filled events for our migrant workers. Each event was attended by 20-120 workers. Thank you to our partners Wesley Methodist Church, Paya Lebar Methodist Church (Chinese & English), St. Andrew's Community Chapel, St. Paul's Church, Community of Praise Baptist church and St. John's - St. Margaret's Church for spreading cheer to migrant workers this holiday season.
See Channel News Asia's coverage of St. John's - St. Margaret's event here.

Significant Legal and Policy Developments

Photo credit: Daniel Yeo

In this article, lawyer Ronald JJ Wong discusses significant legal and policy developments that affect migrant workers in Singapore. From changes to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) compensation limits to Employment Act amendments, Ronald explores how the legal structure is adjusting to better protect workers' rights. Read the full article here.

Intern Reflections: Broken Promises

Second year law students Amelia Chew and Isaac Tay came across a worrying new "trend" during their internship with HealthServe. They "found that an increasing number of workers [were] being brought to Singapore with the promise of work, only to find themselves out of work after a few months, or with no work at all." Read the full article here.
Editor: Nhaca Le Schulze
Contributors: Karl Marquez, Ronald JJ Wong,
Amelia Chew, Isaac Tay
Photo contributors: NVPC,
Daniel Yeo, Winsten Cheng
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