Neighbourhood Health Service Kids (NHSKids) is a local community health service project under the NUS Medical Society. NHSKids believes that every child has equal rights to opportunities. The Project was initiated by Dr Chiong Yee Keow in 2017, and is led by medical and social work students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. NHSKids is one of the few healthcare screening projects serving the Singapore paediatric population, and aims to be the bridge that connects marginalised families to formal and community resources.
NHSKids' 3-Pronged Approach
Dr Chiong Yee Keow
Founder, Neighbourhood Health Service Kids
We are in the so-called 'privileged' group: we had the chance to be educated in medicine. We need to use our knowledge to serve the community.
Supported by Temasek Foundation Cares, NHSKids partners NUHS, Early Childhood Development Authority (ECDA), Boon Lay Grassroots and social service organisations (SSO) to provide holistic screening for children that includes paediatric screening, health education, and also social support to help develop the child in the long term. NHSKids hopes to identify children and families who are in need of medical, social and educational intervention, and reconnect them back to the healthcare and social system by lowering support barriers and helping them achieve a higher quality of life. NHSKids continue to work to build upon the social safety net and capture more families that may unfortunately have fallen through the cracks.
NHSKids adopts a Five-Year Plan to ensure sustainability of the programme in each region.