The Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF), formerly known as the Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA), is a social service agency at the forefront of the battle against heart disease in Singapore.
Since its inception in 1970, the Foundation has grown into a well-established and reputable organisation with local and international links.
SHF is a member of the World Heart Federation and has strong ties with other heart foundations in the Asia Pacific region. It has contributed to the inauguration of the International Chinese Heart Health Network and helped to launch the Asia Pacific Heart Network.
In 1998, SHF hosted the 3rd International Heart Health Conference which culminated in the Singapore Declaration on Heart Health. With increased support from the public, government bodies and generous benefactors, SHF continues to play an increasingly important role in saving lives and promoting heart health in Singapore and the region through its various programmes.
Vision and Mission
To be a leading heart health movement and a household name in Singapore through educating and motivating the public, assisting those affected and supporting community-based research to better understand the landscape of heart disease in Singapore
To promote heart health, prevent and reduce disability and death due to cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Honesty and Integrity
- Enthusiasm and Passion
- Accountability and Transparency
- Research and Innovation
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Sharing and Caring
Explored the usage of social robots to improve interactivity in the Foundation’s BP Initiative @ Schools programme.
Entered the Singapore Book of Records for the “Longest Dog Walk Line” with 352 dogs at SHF’s 2nd Woof-a-thon event.
Introduced the Heart Smart Eating Plate to reinforce heart-healthy eating habits and help Singaporeans better remember the food groups that should be consumed in the recommended portions by the Health Promotion Board, Singapore.
Launched the “BP Matters” mobile app which helps to remind, record, track and share blood pressure readings at one’s convenience.
Created a viral video on social media to spread the awareness of the importance of CPR & AED and to show that anyone can help to save a life.
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.
Organised the inaugural Singapore Prevention & Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium to provide contemporary updates and advances in prevention and cardiac rehabilitation.
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.
SHF became Class 95FM’s adopted charity for 2013.
Broke a Guinness Record for the largest AED training session involving 1,708 participants at the National Life Saving Day event.
Joined forces with key organisations and schools for greater CPR awareness through Project Heart 2012.
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.
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.
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 [email protected] 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).
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.
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.
The SHF-Isetan Foundation Heart Wellness Centre in Bishan was opened.
SHF celebrated its 35th Anniversary with the slogan “Celebrating 35 Years of Services”.
SHF launched the Go Red For Women campaign.
SHF established its first Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at 10 College Road.
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.
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.
Believing that heart health education should start at an early age, SNHA implemented the Jump Rope For Heart programme in primary schools nationwide.
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.
Dr Wee Kim Wee became the patron of SNHA. The first National Heart Council members were appointed.
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.
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
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.
The 1st Annual Scientific Meeting and SNHA lecture was held.
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.
The National University of Singapore and SNHA financially assisted the National University Life Support Training Centre in providing regular National Mass CPR training courses.
SNHA raised funds with the Rotary Club of Pandan Garden (Singapore) to establish the first CPR training centre in Singapore.
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.
SNHA launched the first public education campaign on hypertension.
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.
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.
Singapore National Heart Association (SNHA) was inaugurated under the Chairmanship of the late Mr Tan Boon Chiang, on 6 April 1970.
Charity and IPC Status
Charity Registration No: 00040
Charity Registration Date: 10 April 1984
Date of Establishment: 14 January 1970
ROS Registration No: 0136/1969 WEL
Unique Entity No: S70SS0007H
Renewed until: 28 June 2022
IPC No.: S70SS0007H
Sector Administrator: Ministry of Health
Key Office Bearers
ESM Goh Chok Tong
50TH BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Prof Tan Huay Cheem
Dr Tan Yong Seng
Ms Tan Lee Chew
Mr Goh Chiew Seng
Assistant Honorary Secretary
Dr Mak Koon Hou
Mrs Elsie Foh
Prof Terrance Chua
Dr Chee Tek Siong
Mr Chong Chou Yuen
Dr Goh Ping Ping
Mdm Koh Teck Siew
Dr Bernard Kwok
Mrs Regina Lee
Prof May Lwin
Mr Peter Sim
Dr C Sivathasan
Adj Asst Prof Jack Tan
Dr Low Lip Ping
Prof Koh Tian Hai
Mr Liak Teng Lit
Mr Lim Soon Hock
A/Prof Lim Yean Teng
Dr Lily Neo
Mr Tan Kin Lian
Mr Wong Yew Meng
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Mr Vernon Kang