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Palliative care in Indonesia: from nobody’s business to everybody’s business

22 January 2015
  • Mrs Veronica Basuki, Chairperson of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation (Jakarta), Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of SIF, and Ms Lynna Chandra, Founder of Rachel House, sign the agreement at Jakarta’s City Hall

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) on Tuesday, 20 January, launched a training programme to enhance the practice of palliative care in Jakarta, in partnership with the Indonesia Cancer Foundation, Jakarta (YKI DKI) and paediatric palliative care service, Rachel House (RH).

The agreement was signed at the Jakarta City Hall to launch a three year palliative care training program that was originally planned to involve medical professionals from ten public hospitals in the capital city of Jakarta. 

At the leadership roundtable, the decision was to include two more hospitals, bringing the total number to 12.

The training will be led by the volunteers assembled by SIF. This same team helped to train Rachel House’s medical team between 2009 and 2012.

Lynna Chandra, CEO of Rachel House, said: “This is a momentous day in the development of palliative care in Indonesia.

“Championed by the wife of the Governor of Jakarta, Mrs Veronica Basuki, palliative care went from nobody’s business to everybody’s business!”

A leadership roundtable event that followed the signing ceremony called for better access to palliative care for all in Indonesia, with a bold target of 70% of all patients with cancer having access to palliative care.

Read more on the website of Channel News Asia .

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