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Milestones and Achievements

The story of KK Women's and Children's Hospital is the story of maternity and baby care in Singapore. It’s also a story of significant medical highlights

2022

  • Mission I’mPossible 2 (MIP2) is launched by PAP Community Foundation, KKH and Lien Foundation. MIP2 is a pilot programme that demonstrates how education, healthcare, and social services can be integrated and delivered within the community, to provide earlier identification and intervention for children with developmental needs.

2021

  • A team of KKH clinicians and A*STAR report the first case of EIF6 gene mutation in a six-year-old boy. This novel phenotype is named PKB Syndrome, after Prof Phua Kong Boo, Emeritus Consultant with the Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Service, who first identified the unique symptoms.
  • KKH and A*STAR identify the first known case of Jamuar Syndrome worldwide. The syndrome is named after Dr Saumya Jamuar, Senior Consultant with the hospital’s Genetics Service, who first encountered the disease in a pair of young siblings in 2015.
  • The Temasek Foundation Achieving Resilient and Inspiring Families (Project ARIF) is launched by KKH, Temasek Foundation and community partners. Project ARIF supports newly-wed couples in marriage and family life, maternal wellness and child development.
  • KKH offers COVID-19 vaccination to pregnant mothers and children aged 12 and above with chronic medical conditions seen at the hospital.
  • The Rare Disease Fund, managed by the KKH Health Fund (part of SingHealth Fund), receives a S$6.7 million pledge. Fund extends its support to patients with the rare Mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI) disease.
  • The SingHealth Duke-NUS Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) is launched at KKH to transform and improve national health in Singapore and the region.
  • KKH embarks on an MOH-supported study to assess how children in Singapore respond to COVID-19 vaccinations. The data gathered will help inform public health vaccination policy to protect children against COVID-19.

2020

  • KKH implements its disease outbreak response plan for COVID-19. KKH admits its first paediatric COVID-19 patient in February; first pregnant COVID-19 patient in March. Both patients were discharged after recovery.
  • To stem the spread of COVID-19 in the community, staff volunteer and form mobile medical teams to provide basic medical care at migrant worker dormitories and community care facilities in Singapore.
  • The KKH Laboratory ramps up testing for COVID-19 at various facilities across Singapore.
  • KKH clinician innovators and partners develop SG-Inspire (SinGapore Invasive/non-invasive support for effective respiration), a cost-effective ventilator for patients requiring breathing support due to COVID-19 infection.