About This Project

This is our attempt to document the major infectious diseases that have afflicted Singapore and that have largely been contained over time. The infectious disease threats affecting our country have changed with the times – it began with malaria, cholera and plague during the earliest days of the Straits Settlements; included vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio and smallpox; and now modern scourges including HIV, SARS, pandemic influenza, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten a return to the pre-antibiotic era.

Singapore has accomplished much in the arena of infectious diseases, but the lessons from our experiences and the personal stories from those who have worked to control infectious diseases are not well known. Besides historical research, interviews will be conducted with the pioneers (or their surviving family) who have substantially contributed to the control of infectious diseases, current experts and lay people to determine what lies ahead in our battle against infectious disease threats.

The collected stories and records will remind us how far the nation has progressed, how we have contributed to global and regional health and how hard-won is the protection from infectious diseases that we take for granted today. Our project will also highlight some of the unsung heroes of the country, and inspire us to continue to work together – just as our predecessors had in the past – against the infectious disease threats of the future.

Project Team
Core Team
Dr Vincent Pang – Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
A/Prof David Lye – Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Prof Paul Ananth Tambyah – Department of Medicine, National University Health System
Dr Hsu Li Yang – Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

Video & Interview Team
CTV Productions, School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Media Outreach
PR Rae LLP – Communications Consultancy

Website Design & Creation
eBizWebApp Pte Ltd

Project Funding
This project is funded by:

  • SG50 Celebration Fund
  • Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore)
  • Communicable Disease Centre Endowment Fund, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Infectious Diseases Research Fund, National University of Singapore
  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
  • Johnson & Johnson Pte Ltd
  • Chapter of Infectious Diseases, Academy of Medicine Singapore
  • Pfizer Singapore

We would like to convey our gratitude to Prof Goh Kee Tai and Dr Lau Quek Choon, who have both provided unstinting support for the project. This project, and book, would not have been possible without the generous support of the following individuals and organisations.

  • CTV Productions, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Communicable Diseases Centre
  • School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
  • Ministry of Defence, Singapore
  • Public Utilities Board
  • Ms Noraini Ibrahim
  • Ms Tristin Wong
  • Ms Rose Wong
  • Mr Tan Ee Han
  • Ms Mable Yap
  • A/Prof Brenda Ang
  • Dr David Allen
  • Ms Julia Tan
  • Mr Quek Sze Yang
  • Mr Bryan Teo
  • Ms Maryam Binte Tori
  • Ms Chelsea Chandani Eliathamby
  • Dr Shawn Vasoo
  • Ms Ang Li Wei
  • Ms Mable Yap May Po
  • Ms Chloe Ho Yin Jie
  • Mr Alex Leow Shuangjie