SingHealth is training healthcare professionals in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, under the Orthopaedic Development Programme launched on 19 July 2017.

Under the three-year programme, SingHealth is working closely with Jaffna Teaching Hospital and University of Jaffna to establish an Orthopaedic Chair and to provide skills training for orthopaedic surgeons, perioperative nurses and allied health professionals.

The Programme is funded by Lee Foundation.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, presenting a cheque of Rs4,000,000 to Dr Sathiyamoorthy, Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital, for the setting up of Chair of Orthopaedics in Jaffna Teaching Hospital.

Speaking at the launch ceremony in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Prof Tay Boon Keng, Emeritus Consultant, SingHealth International Collaboration Office, shared that the Orthopaedic Development Programme was first mooted by Prof V K Pillay, Head of Orthopaedics Surgery in Singapore General Hospital in the 1980s.

"My colleagues and I are very excited that the Programme is now revived with an expanded scope to grow the orthopaedic specialty in Jaffna, plus the development of an inpatient rehabilitation centre."

He added, "SingHealth is truly privileged to be part of this visionary programme. We look forward to the many opportunities to learn from one another and to share best practices and expertise."