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Impacting healthcare in unprivileged communities: Dr Tam Wai Jia's journey in Uganda

21 Aug 2015

Dr Tam Wai Jia is a Medical Officer with MOH Holdings and is currently on attachment with the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, contributing to the School's Global Health team, developing education curricula and outreach initiatives to improve the health of future generations. With the School, she also researches on cross-cultural competencies in healthcare and migrant health, a topic close to her heart and passion to impact lives in underprivileged communities; and one which resonates with the School's mission to turn discovery into healthier communities. 

Having been on more than 16 humanitarian trips around the world, and using her 3 published books to raise funds and awareness for needy causes, Dr Tam's service in humanitarian work has been recognised through the Young Outstanding Singapore Award 2011 and the Singapore Woman Award Honoree 2015.

Dr Tam and her husband Cliff's year-long stint in Uganda, Africa was recently featured on Channel NewsAsia's "A Singaporean Abroad 2015" documentary series, featuring Singaporeans who have made outstanding contributions overseas. 

"I count myself tremendously privileged to be in the rare position where my passion can be intertwined with my job. The opportunity to work alongside professors who once inspired me when I was in medical school is amazing," says Dr Tam. 


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