Singapore Heart Foundation
Description of Organization
Vision: To be a leading heart health movement and a household name in Singapore through educating and motivating the public, assisting those affected and supporting community-based research to better understand the landscape of heart disease in Singapore
Mission: To promote heart health, prevent and reduce disability and death due to cardiovascular disease and stroke
Core Programmes and Services:
1. Prevention – Through the Community Education and Schools department in SHF, we focus on raising the awareness on general heart health, women heart health, and blood pressure management of the members of public and targeted groups in our community.
2. Resuscitation – SHF equip members of public with important life saving skills as we provide the Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) + AED Certification Course. We also conduct both online and in-person progammes to raise awareness on Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillator (AEDs).
3. Rehabilitation – SHF is the only social service agency in Singapore that provides community-based cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac patients and high risk individuals would receive specialized rehabilitation support from our team of Physiotherapists at the SHF Heart Wellness Centres (HWCs). Our cardiac rehabilitation programmes are highly subsidized and made accessible to all.
4. Financial Assistance and Support – SHF administers our own financial Assistance and support through the SHF Heart Support Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to support needy heart patients who may have difficulties to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses from the surgeries and treatments. Some patients suffer income loss after a cardiac treatment when they are unable to resume their former jobs and face difficulty in re-employment or when they have to take time off from work to attend cardiac rehabilitation programmes or routine medical appointments. To help these patients adjust to periods of income loss, SHF offers emergency relief assistance of up to 0 per month for a maximum period of six months; and on a case-to-case basis, up to another three months for each patient, according to the treatment of their heart condition.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2022 programme
The funds raised from YFC 2022 will go to supporting our core programmes and services, specifically in the areas of providing more funds to the Heart Support Fund, as well as to further support our cardiac rehabilitation programmes so that we can continue to provide our programmes at highly subsidized rates.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
The YFC participants would be first be orientated to the programmes and services through online meetings with the SHF team. They would also get to visit our centre and the Heart Wellness Centre to observe the programmes. The participants would be invited to our virtual events, talks, and engagement progammes in June, July, and August of 2022 to better understand the core programmes and beneficiaries.