We officially opened the Le Champ-NKF Dialysis Centre (Yishun Branch) on 17 January 2016. The Centre is sponsored by Le Champ (South East Asia), which donated $2.1 million. It has 20 dialysis stations which can serve up to 120 needy patients. The Centre is the first to have its pillars painted with health messages to inspire people in the neighbourhood to lead healthy lives. Guest-of-Honour was Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Faishal, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Social and Family Development.
In collaboration with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, we produced Your Renal Guidebook to Healthy Cooking, which was launched on 17 January 2016. The Guidebook helps pre-dialysis and dialysis patients take care of their nutritional needs to improve their health and quality of life. The healthy, tasty and easy-to-prepare meals are also for everyone to enjoy.
NKF’s first Malay television docu-drama series SIMPTOM, hosted by local celebrity Taufik Batisah, raised awareness on kidney failure, its leading causes and the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. This is part of our key initiative known as Geng Sihat (Health Group) to empower the Malay-Muslim community to take control of their health. The 13-episode docu-drama, aired from 2 March to 1 June 2016, garnered a viewership of 376,000. The series culminated with our event Geng Sihat, Sihat Selalu to further engage the community to care for their health and look out for their symptoms. Guest-of-Honour was Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament.
Pawfect Health Day was held on 6 March 2016 at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park to engage people on kidney disease and prevention, as well as encourage them to engage in more physical activities and exercises with their pets.
NKF organised Our NKF–Beyond Dialysis from 11 to 13 March 2016 at VivoCity that showcased our efforts in expanding our building capabilities and what we have done in partnership with the community to help patients. The event also encouraged people to take proactive steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep kidney diseases at bay.
We opened Singapore’s first 24-hour Dialysis Centre at Jurong West on 29 March 2016. This Centre, supported by The Sirivadhanabhakdi Foundation with a $2.2 million donation, started offering nocturnal dialysis, the first-of-its-kind in Singapore. The Centre can serve up to 164 patients and was officially opened by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies. The nocturnal shift, from 10pm to 6am, benefits patients who require longer hours of dialysis. Each session lasts 6 to 8 hours compared to the usual 4 hours.
NKF partnered the World Gourmet Summit for our Charity Gala Dinner on the occasion of our 47th anniversary. Held on 7 April 2016, the theme for the Charity Dinner was “Mindful Eating” to encourage people to be conscious of what they eat and to eat in moderation. Guest-of-Honour was Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health. The event raised over $650,000 to benefit needy kidney patients and support our efforts in kidney health education.
NKF held its 3rd Scientific Meeting, Advanced Care through Research, as part of World Kidney Day on 9 April 2016. The meeting served as a platform for researchers to showcase their works and findings as well as health care professionals to share ideas in renal care. Renal expert Dr Christopher Chan, Divisional Director of Nephrology and Professor of Medicine at the University Health Network, Toronto, Canada shared on Nocturnal Dialysis and Developing a Home Dialysis Programme. Guest-of-Honour was Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health.
The Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple-NKF Dialysis Centre (Kolam Ayer Branch) was officially opened on 25 June 2016, made possible with a generous donation of $2.3 million by the Temple. With 26 dialysis stations, it is the second NKF dialysis centre the Temple has sponsored, making them the first organisation to do so. Guest-of-Honour was Associate Professor Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information.
We launched our first Diabetes Health Bus, sponsored by the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, on 25 June 2016 as part of our prevention efforts to help curb the onset of kidney failure. Partnering with general practitioners, the Bus provides screenings, education and counselling to individuals who have already been diagnosed with diabetes to help them manage their diabetic condition.
We introduced a new initiative where counsellors walk alongside every patient and their caregivers by providing emotional and family therapeutic support from the point of application. This includes assisting with the admission application process to helping patients adapt to their dialysis regime and planning their rehabilitation. Medical social workers also make home visits to further understand the family’s needs.
Raising funds through two charity golf tournaments and with a matching grant from the Government, the Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) brought in $1.9 million to make the SCAL-NKF Dialysis Centre (Yishun Branch) a reality. Officially opened on 31 July 2016, the Centre has 14 dialysis stations that can benefit up to 84 patients. It is the first NKF dialysis centre to adopt a dual concept of an education and outreach centre where unlike other NKF dialysis centres, it is opened to the public with health screenings, nutrition workshops and exercise classes. This is the second dialysis centre sponsored by SCAL with the first at Henderson in 1994, which later made way for housing redevelopment plans in 2011. Guest-of Honour was Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Law and Special Guest was Er. Dr Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC.
NKF received the Charity Council’s Special Commendation Award for Risk Management and Charity Transparency Award from Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth at the awards ceremony on 28 September 2016, which endorse our efforts in practicing good corporate governance.
We recognised patients, who, despite their illnesses, took proactive steps to take care of their health, continue to improve themselves and encourage others in our Life Champion Award on 4 October 2016. The award ceremony, which recognised 21 patients, was graced by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development.
Our Patient Education Programme was launched on 4 October 2016 to further educate and empower our patients and help them achieve self-care. In this programme, patients undergo learning sessions with trained Nurse Educators on a one-on-one basis during their dialysis sessions on topics such as looking after their mental health and leading an active life.
Our Patients’ Employers Appreciation Ceremony was held on 30 November 2016 to celebrate the efforts of inclusive employers and the patients who found gainful employment with them. These exemplary employers allow our patients to have flexible work arrangements to accommodate their dialysis schedule and medical appointments. These patients are an inspiration to fellow patients through their resilience and dedication to their work. Guest-of-Honour for the ceremony was Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Manpower.
NKF 30 Hour Override Kidney Disease event on 10 and 11 December 2016 at Velocity@Novena Square was the first-of-its-kind overnight stationary cycling event organised by us to encourage the community to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle through regular exercise to prevent kidney diseases. Close to 800 cycling enthusiasts and volunteers from all walks of life cycled a total distance of more than 20,000 kilometres on their stationary bicycles and raised $100,000 to help subsidise the transport fares of needy kidney patients, who have to make more than 300 trips each year to and from the dialysis centres for their treatment sessions.