Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance to fund research on elderly welfare and traffic safety

Aside from funding four researchers’ projects, insurer to donate smart walking sticks invented by Singaporean youngsters

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance to fund research on elderly welfare and traffic safety

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

The Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF) has awarded four research grants focusing on senior citizen welfare and traffic safety.

The grants, totalling SGD$38,948, were handed out at the 11th MSIWF Research Grant Awards 2017 ceremony held at Hotel Michael, Sentosa, Singapore on Tuesday.

The recipients of the grant were:
  • Dr Neo Shu Hui, resident at Singapore General Hospital, for diagnosis of elderly men with lower urinary tract symptoms;
  • Dr Chong Shu-Ling, staff physician at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, for research on parental knowledge and beliefs regarding the use (or the lack of use) of child car restraints;
  • Prof Tan Kok Kiong of the National University of Singapore, for the development of a wearable, non-intrusive, and location-based fall detection monitoring system for the elderly;
  • Lim Zhiying, senior medical social worker at Singapore General Hospital, for improving the elderly’s adherence to their treatment regimen.

Additionally, MSIWF will donate 200 smart walking sticks, also known as Qanemates, to senior citizens in Singapore and Japan. Qanemates were designed by two young Singaporean inventors, 14-year old Seng Ian Hao and 12-year-old Seng Ing Le. The invention has been recognised by several national and international innovation awards, including the most recent 2017 Ageing Asia Innovation of the Year Award and the Singapore LTA Engineering Challenge Award.

“We are delighted to continue serving the communities we are immersed in, by protecting the things that matter to them,” said Alan Wilson, regional CEO of MSIG Holdings (Asia). “Through the foundation, we hope to offer meaningful support to advance impactful research that can address the region’s growing concerns of caring for a rapidly ageing population, and road traffic fatalities that have put at risk or claimed many lives each year.”

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