Milestones

1970

Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA) was inaugurated under the Chairmanship of the late Mr Tan Boon Chiang, on 6 April 1970.

1972

SNHA organised the first heart conference in Singapore, the 5th International 10-day Teaching Seminar in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and the 5th Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology.

SNHA held its first annual National Heart Week in Singapore to promote public awareness on heart disease, its causes and preventive measures.

1974

SNHA donated the first Coronary Care Ambulance to Singapore General Hospital. This prototype ambulance contained monitoring and telemetric equipment to enable cardiac status to be assessed early.

SNHA pioneered the first anti-smoking campaign in Singapore.

1976

SNHA launched the first public education campaign on hypertension.

1977

SNHA’s dream to establish the Singapore Myocardial Infarction Registry was fulfilled. This registry formed an important landmark in data collection for patients with acute infarction in Singapore.

1985

SNHA raised funds with the Rotary Club of Pandan Garden (Singapore) to establish the first CPR training centre in Singapore.

1986

The National University of Singapore and SNHA financially assisted the National University Life Support Training Centre in providing regular National Mass CPR training courses.

1988

SNHA raised funds to finance the first angioplasty procedures at Singapore General Hospital.

SNHA funded the semi-automatic defibrillators for ambulance service at Singapore General Hospital. The defibrillators were found to be so useful that all hospital ambulances are now equipped with these units.

1991

The 1st Annual Scientific Meeting and SNHA lecture was held.

1992

SNHA was recognised as an Institution of Public Character and Dr Low Lip Ping became its Chairman. SNHA organised the Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiac and Electrophyscology.

1993

SNHA sponsored the International 10-day Teaching Seminar in Advanced Cardiovascular Epidemiology. SNHA was involved in the inauguration of the ASEAN Federation of Heart Foundations. Published the first edition of newsletter, Heartline

1996

SNHA organised the Federation of ASEAN Heart Foundations Conference and Asian Pacific Heart Foundation Network Meeting, which were attended by representatives from the World Heart Federation, Inter-American Heart Foundations, ASEAN and Asia Pacific Heart Foundations.

1997

Dr Wee Kim Wee became the patron of SNHA. The first National Heart Council members were appointed.

1998

SNHA organised Affairs of the Heart, its first fundraising TV charity show. The 3rd International Heart Health Conference was organised and hosted by the SNHA. The Singapore Declaration containing recommendations and guidelines for the implementation of heart health programmes was published. This gave recognition to Singapore as a leader in the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The Healthier Choice Symbol was launched during the National Heart Week celebration.

1999

Believing that heart health education should start at an early age, SNHA implemented the Jump Rope For Heart programme in primary schools nationwide.

2000

SNHA celebrated the first-ever World Heart Day on 24 September 2000 with a series of events such as Heart Taxis, Heart Trees, Heart Expo and Affairs of the Heart. SNHA organised the Asia Pacific Tobacco Control Symposium.

2003

SNHA changed its name from the Singapore National Heart Association to the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF). With the new name came a more vibrant and complementary logo and a meaningful tagline, “Your Heart We Care”.

SHF organised the Singapore leg of the “7 marathons over 7 days in 7 countries” challenge.

2004

SHF established its first Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at 10 College Road.

2005

SHF celebrated its 35th Anniversary with the slogan “Celebrating 35 Years of Services”.

SHF launched the Go Red For Women campaign.

2006

The SHF-Isetan Foundation Heart Wellness Centre in Bishan was opened.

2007

To find out the health status of lower-income residents in Singapore, SHF started its Health Mapping Exercise.

SHF’s Heart Safe Singapore initiative was launched with the aim of improving the out-of-hospital heart attack survival rate in Singapore.

2008

SHF made CPR training modules available to mobile phone users through the Mobile CPR download. SHF started training students and members of the public using the CPR 3A (Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere) Kit.

2009

MasterCard auctioned 10 red dresses designed by local designers in benefit of SHF as part of the Go Red For Women campaign.

To increase the number of CPR- and AED(Automated External Defibrillator)-enabled Singaporeans, SHF launched the CPR+AED Certification@SHF Course .

Two online digital tools were launched during National Heart Week / World Heart Day – Heart Fair: Heart Age Calculator and the AED Registry (online list of establishments that have AEDs installed on their premise).

2010

SHF launched a '1001 Excuses' video competition to encourage Singaporeans to send in videos of excuses people normally use to explain why they do not take care of their hearts.

2011

The inaugural National Life Saving Day was organised by SHF at the Singapore Expo on 16 January 2011. It broke a Guinness Record for the largest CPR training session involving 7,909 participants.

Launched SHF's first mobile app - Heart4Life. Heart4Life is a handy tool to keep track of your heart health. It features an overview of how to do CPR, assesses your heart risk and even has a CPR mode for emergency situations.

2012

Joined forces with key organisations and schools for greater CPR awareness through Project Heart 2012.

2013

SHF became Class 95FM's adopted charity for 2013.

2014

Our 2nd Heart Wellness Centre - the SHF-Life Insurance Association Heart Health Hub in Fortune Centre was opened.

Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), to launch the Registry for AED Integration (R-AEDi) project.

2015

SHF organised its first pet walkathon "Woof-a-thon", to advocate the cardiovascular benefits of walking.

Launched the 1st FREE AED Loan Programme in Singapore, to encourage the public to equip their events with this lifesaving device for times of need.

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