Understanding Childhood (Chronic) Ailments Network – Asia (UCAN-A) is a new SingHealth strategic initiative and is registered as a programme within the SingHealth Duke-NUS Paediatrics Academic Clinical Programme (PAEDS ACP) and supported by Eureka Institute. UCAN-A aims to create a network of clinical and translational research hubs throughout Asia, with an initial pivot in Singapore.
The UCAN-A innovative model will be the first where the needs of the poor and underserved patient population are addressed by involving patients and their families as protagonists, participating in their own care at the same time as they contribute to, and influence, translational research.
Patients and their families in poor and underserved areas will be provided with education, support and standardised clinical care through locally based health care hubs. Health care hub Clinicians and Registered Nurses will be provided with clinical training and standardised care protocols, and will be trained to empower patients to control their own care and to contribute to the flow of research data and clinical samples. High-tech hubs will coordinate all education and research, and using Translational Medicine, develop standardised research platforms and expand research networks to facilitate the rapid translation of scientific findings and treatments, specifically tailored for children, into tangible benefits for patients.