SUSS Service-Learning Sectors: Health & Wellbeing

Currently, as of 2018, the top 3 causes of death are Cancer, Pneumonia and Ischaemic heart diseases, all of these three diseases accounted for nearly 68% of the total causes of deaths in 2017. These diseases share many common risk factors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

By 2050, almost half of the world's population will be affected by myopia, with one billion people are expected to have high myopia. Singaporeans have one of the highest childhood myopia prevalence rates because children tend to spend less time outdoors and more time reading and writing. It is an irreversible condition and will in turn lead to retinal disease, with increased risks of blindness.

However, over the past decade, the rate for children myopia had remained relatively stable, at about 65 per cent among Primary 6 pupils, and roughly 28 per cent for those in Primary 1.

The government is currently targeting to bring the smoking rate to below 10 per cent by 2020. Smoking is the second-highest contributor to the cause of diseases among Singaporeans, killing an estimated 2,073 people in 2016. 32% of smokers who pledged to kick the habit have done so successfully in the ‘I Quit’ campaign.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the most common disorder among Singaporeans. Among the people with a mental disorder in their lifetime who sought help, 42.3% had consulted a psychiatrist, 36.5% went to a counsellor, 26.2% to a psychologist and 20% went to a general practitioner or family doctor.

 In 2017, Singaporeans had also clocked in nearing 17 million of visitorship to the sports facilities as compared to 14.7 million back in 2014.

(Last updated as of July 10th, 2019)

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4. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/new-centre-to-prevent-control-and-treat-myopia-to-open-in-the-first-quarter-of-2019 
5. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/childhood-myopia-rates-stable-over-past-decade-hpb 
6. https://www.moh.gov.sg/resources-statistics/infectious-disease-statistics/hiv-stats/update-on-the-hiv-aids-situation-in-singapore-2018-(june-2019)
7. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/government-wants-smoking-rate-to-be-reduced-to-below-10-per-cent-by-2020 
8. https://www.asiaone.com/health/spore-cut-smoking-rate-10-population-2020
9. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/more-new-drug-abusers-arrested-2018-most-under-30-cnb-11286574 
10. https://www.imh.com.sg/uploadedFiles/Newsroom/News_Releases/SMHS%202016_Media%20Release_FINAL_web%20upload.pdf 
11. https://www.mccy.gov.sg/about-us/news-and-resources/statistics/2019/jan/sports-statistics-and-publications 

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