We have entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), which is internationally recognized as a world leader in ophthalmic professional education. Based on this partnership, SNEC has developed innovative merged online-offline hybrid educational programs. These programs are primarily designed to enhance the skills of non-physician healthcare professionals so that some medical practices can be appropriately delegated to them, thereby ensuring more efficient use of limited medical human resources and improving access to ophthalmic care in Southeast Asia.
As our first initiative under this strategic partnership, we have started to establish a training center at Vietnam National Eye Hospital (VNEH), a central hospital under the umbrella of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, which is positioned as a clinical training facility for Hanoi Medical University. Specifically, in June 2022, SNEC, with support from Santen, provided a train-the-trainer program to VNEH, which thereby developed 10 master trainers (five ophthalmologists and five ophthalmic nurses). In addition, an educational program in Vietnamese was developed based on regional needs, and SNEC and VNEH also conducted a pilot program from August to October 2022. As a result of these efforts, 23 ophthalmic nurses in VNEH have been trained with SNEC’s educational programs, confirming their concept and value in the Vietnamese healthcare context.
As a strategic partner, Santen will continuously support SNEC’s efforts to execute a full-program launch in Vietnam and to introduce our education program to other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia.