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Seoul Medical Center transfer public healthcare know-how to developing countries

Lee Han-soo  Published 2019.10.15  18:02  Updated 2019.10.15 18:02

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Seoul Medical Center (SMC) is speeding up the transfer of "Seoul-model public healthcare" to developing countries.

SMC officials and Kyrgyzstan trainees stand together to commemorate the launch of the 2019 Kyrgyzstan Healthcare Exchange Aid Enterprise project, held at the Seoul Medical Center in Jungnang-gu, Seoul.

The Seoul-model public healthcare refers to a specialized model, in which Seoul Medical Center delivers its know-how accumulated over several decades, including various public health projects and public health policies, to countries that lack in public health infrastructure.

The center's latest efforts include inviting 10 Kyrgyzstan medical workers for a 10-week training session at the hospital from Oct. 7. Before inviting Kyrgyzstan medical staff, the hospital had also invited medical professionals from Thailand and Turkmenistan.

The SMC project, which began in 2012, is expanding every year as the center is inviting more countries and adding more medical courses each year.

The center also provides an additional service by sending its medical staff to visit the medical professional who received training at the hospital to help them better adapt to the hospital's know-how and improve the healthcare level in their country.

SMC plans to build a public medical network consisting of trainees who visited the hospital and contribute to the health of residents.

"To develop and balance the balance of public medical care in developing countries, Seoul Medical Center has been teaching ‘Seoul-model public healthcare’ to various countries for the past eight years," Director Kim Min-ki said. "Every year, the hospital is inviting more medical staff from different countries and departments."

SMC hopes that its training program and adaption training conducted locally will contribute to the continued growth of the healthcare environment in developing countries and the enhancement of friendship between Korea and those countries, Kim added.

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