Dear Friends and Colleagues
I consider it a great privilege and honour to have the opportunity to serve as the founding President of the Hepatopancreatobiliary Association of Singapore.
It has been a busy but fruitful term of office for me and my fellow executive council members thus far. Since the formation of the Association in August 2012, we have been working on the various requirements in the running of a registered Association, including setting up of a membership roll, collating membership data, opening of Association’s bank account, calling for tender for our website and designing our website which I now proudly present to you.
At the time of its birth, the founding members, totalling 67, comprise of medical professionals and scientists from the various healthcare institutions. The common goal is to raise the standards in the care of liver, pancreas and gall bladder related conditions and to improve health literacy and awareness of these conditions among Singaporeans.
With this in mind, the Association decided to champion the organization of the Liver Disease Awareness Week which was successfully held from 28th July to 3rd August 2013. Partnering the Hepatitis B Support Group, the organizing committee comprising specialists from various hospitals, lined up a series of program and provided liver health information through the public media during the campaign week. A full-day symposium with talks given by various specialists, covering comprehensively the spectrum of liver diseases updating the general public and fellow medical practitioners, catapulted the week’s campaign to a good start.
During the week of campaign, the Association also collaborated with 4 community centres to provide free hepatitis B test for some sectors of the residents of Singapore. And finally, on the last day of the campaign, a free ultrasound screening was conducted for the residents who have been tested positive for Hepatitis B.
Following the good feedback and response from the inaugural campaign, the Association has already starting planning for the 2nd LDAW which will be scheduled in September, 2014.
I would like to offer personal thanks to the Association members for availing themselves to organize and participate in the Association’s activities which I hope this website portal will continue to help keep our members and readers informed of.
Last but not least, we acknowledge and thank our partners in the biomedical industry for their continued support for our educational endeavours and for sharing with us this vision and passion to bring better health to our fellow Singaporeans.
Dr Stephen Chang Kin Yong
President, Hepatopancreatobiliary Association (Singapore) (2012-2014)