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RSG Humanitarian Seminar
Sat, October 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM SGT
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ORGANISER Relief Singapore (RSG)
OFFICIAL HOTEL ibis Singapore Novena
VENUE Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine (Novena Campus), Nanyang Technological University
“Disaster Medicine: Issues and Challenges Facing Relief Workers and Volunteers”
Dr Karam Jeet Singh
Chief Medical Officer, United Nations Support Mission In Libya (UNSMIL)
Mathina Bee Gulam Mydin
Volunteer Nurse, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Dr Liow Chee Hsiang
Board Director, Bless China International
Dr Carmen Singh
Adviser, Relief Singapore
Humanitarian crises are occurring with increasing frequency around the world. These may be due to natural calamities, negative human impact on the environment, armed conflicts, economic and government collapse or a combination of any of the above. Most of these emergencies occur in the less developed parts of the world with poor resources and lack of infrastructure. Access to basic human needs like food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care are the main challenges survivors face while awaiting assistance to arrive. As a regional hub with world-class healthcare infrastructure and medical professionals, Singapore is in a good position to rally and send out medical volunteers to support local responders in disaster zones. This inaugural RSG Humanitarian Seminar aims to present valuable field insights for those wishing to join relief missions to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors. Its focus is on Disaster Medicine (DM). While the seminar will be suitable for doctors, specialists, nurses, alllied health professionals, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who have little or no experience practicing medicine in remote and austere environments, it is open to medical students and anyone who is interested in the humanitarian field. This seminar will be a primer to DM and not meant to be technical in nature. The main speaker and panelists are experienced professionals who between them have much field experience working with international humanitarian organisations. This event is organised by Relief Singapore (RSG), a Singapore-based NGO that provides healthcare, clean water and other forms of humanitarian assistance for those forcibly displaced and affected by conflict, calamities and climate change.
13:30 hrs – Registration
14:00 hrs – Opening remarks
14:15 hrs – Presentation by Dr Karam Jeet Singh
15:00 hrs – Scenario Discussion: Priorities, Protocols and Field Challenges
16:00 hrs – Panel Presentation: Stories from the Field
17:00 hrs – End of seminar
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
DR KARAM JEET SINGH is currently the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) based in Tunis, Tunisia. Prior to this, he was the Senior Medical Officer with UNAMID, Darfur, Sudan. Karam started his medical career in Malaysia with the Ministry of Health, serving remote communities in Sarawak as hospital director and then Divisional Health Officer for Limbang. He entered the humanitarian field as a UN Volunteer with UN Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) and thereafter worked in medical support positions in various NGOs including Timor-Leste Asisténcia Integradu Saúde (TAIS, BASICS International) and CARE International Australia. With Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF HK), Karam served vulnerable communities in Africa. He has undergone specialised training in HIV/TB Medicine, certified professional training in Occupational Health and Safety, Forensic Medical Science and Forensic Human Identification. Karam continues to support NGOs in his home country, Malaysia. In 2007, he volunteered with SALAM Malaysia during the Batu Pahat flood and responded to the Padang earthquake disaster with MERCY Malaysia in 2009.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
MATHINA BEE GULAM MYDIN is a nurse veteran of medical missions in conflict settings. A graduate of University of Malaya’s School of Nursing, Mathina spent almost two decades working in medical, surgical and ICU units in hospitals in Malaysia, USA and the Middle East before heading to the field. In 2002, she underwent humanitarian training with the IFRC (International Federation of Red of Cross) and the ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross) in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively. Since 2002, Mathina has clocked up more than 15 humanitarian missions in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq, Malawi, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Yemen, Libya, Pakistan and Syria. International NGOs that she has served with included ICRC, IMC (International Medical Corps) and MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders). Most recently, Mathina worked among displaced Burundians in a refugee camp in Tanzania.
DR LIOW CHEE HSIANG has worked in Bless China International, a US-based NGO in Yunnan Province, China for the past 14 years. He was the Managing Director of Operations and chairman of the General Management Team for the past 5 years, giving direct oversight to about than 20 public health and poverty alleviation projects including village doctor training, medical and dental clinics, HIV prevention and care projects, commercial sex-worker projects, physical rehabilitation centres for the disabled and cerebral palsy children, autism centres, orphan prevention, foster care projects and disaster relief. Chee Hsiang was part of one of the first disaster relief teams to arrive during the Wenchuan Earthquake (Sichuan, China) in 2008. He was also involved in evaluations of mid to long-term relief programs by other local and international groups from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and the 2014 Yingjiang earthquake. He has just returned to Singapore a few months ago with his wife and three sons.
DR CARMEN SINGH is a clinician with more than 20 years’ experience. She enjoyed the challenge of providing quality healthcare in rural areas in Sarawak, Borneo, being part of both the Flying Doctors Service and Riverine Village Health Team. It was during this time that she developed an interest in Maternal Child Health (MCH). In 2007, Carmen began work as Reproductive Health Technical Advisor with USAID-funded INGO Health Alliance International (HAI) in Timor Leste, where she served as a member of national reproductive health working groups to refine and revise national strategies and policies pertaining to MCH programmes. In 2009, she became a trainer in Logistics Management Information System (by UNFPA) and Essential Newborn Care (by WHO), and also completed the Humanitarian Negotiators Training Course by Fordham University’s Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. In 2009, Carmen began volunteering with MSF Hong Kong, serving in Mesina, South Africa, as an observer with the MSF mobile clinic team providing healthcare services to the economic migrant community from Zimbabwe. In 2014, she supported MERCY Malaysia with technical training on data management and analysis. When based in Kuala Lumpur, Carmen continues her local clinical practice and volunteers as an Advisor and occasionally teaches at PT Foundation in the “Second Chance” programme for children infected or/and impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2016, Carmen joined the Advisory Committee of humanitarian agency, Relief Singapore.
Date and Time
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Novena Campus)
Lecture Theatre, Toh Kian Chui Annex
11 Mandalay Road
Singapore, Singapore 308232