About Campaign

ends 30 Jun 2016, 11:59 PM
HealthServe's Emergency Services fund provides social assistance such as free meals, MRT top-ups, emergency housing, and emergency funds to exploited and vulnerable migrant workers.

"I am a construction worker. Singapore was my dream place to work. But on July 7, 2015, my life changed. That day around 5pm, I fell 3.5 meters from a platform. After falling unconscious for a minute or two, I woke to find every joint in my body in pain, especially my arm. The day after, the company brought me to a hospital an dI discovered that my arm was severely fractured. It required a surgery, after which I knew I would not be able to work for a long time. However, the doctor only gave me MC for heavy work, even though I couldn't do any work at all. I thought about my situation with much anxiety. I didn't know anything about the Singapore legal system. I felt helpless until I heard some of my friends speak about a charity that could help me. The staff at HealthServe have been very patient in helping me resolve my case, walking me through what I should do. Quickly, I felt a sense of peace. Day after day, HealthServe provided us with free meals, let those who couldn't walk stay in a subsidized shelter, and gave us medical care to help us recover. The selfless dedicated and love made us foreign workers feel the warmth of home."
-Zhang (a migrant worker from China, who has since returned to China after receiving compensation for his injury)

About the Charity

Founded in 2006, HealthServe, is an IPC registered charity that seeks to bring healing and hope to vulnerable low-wage migrant workers in Singapore.

There are close to 1 million work permit holders in Singapore. Access to affordable healthcare can be a problem for low wage migrant workers as foreigners in Singapore do not receive subsidies for healthcare at public institutions. By law, workers are supposed to be covered for both inpatient and outpatient treatment by their employers but not all do. In addition, fear of repatriation and cultural and language barriers also contribute to migrant workers not receiving proper treatment.

The more unfortunate amongst these workers get injured at work and may end up losing their jobs and suffering loss of pay for a protracted period. The wait for their work injury compensation application to be processed and resolved can take months or years.

From a single clinic providing GP services in Geylang to meet the needs of the workers, HealthServe has expanded our range of services to the provision of GP and specialist medical services, rehabilitation and dental services, injury and salary-related casework support, social assistance, counselling and mental health programmes.

We are very much a volunteer-run organisation. Our operations are run by a small staff team and hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers and interns.


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