​Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng

The Late Madam Irene Tan Liang Kheng

​Emerging infectious diseases know no borders. A key eleinfections ment to reduce the risk and impact of spreading within Singapore, is the "resilience" of the community against such threats.

The Estate of Irene Tan Liang Kheng supports a long-term research programme called SOCRATEs (Strengthening Our Community's Resilience Against Threats from Emerging infections) by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), an NHG institution.

The programme aims to address key gaps in pandemic preparedness, planning and response by assessing risk perception and knowledge, communication of risk and the necessity of outbreak interventions among the general population in Singapore.

In January 2020, NCID launched a cohort-based study as part of SOCRATEs, to track public perceptions about the COVID-19 outbreak and their responses to various interventions implemented by health authorities.

"COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed event that has forever changed our world.
I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the researchers involved in the SOCRATEs study in conducting this timely survey to understand public knowledge, perceptions, and behaviour in a pandemic like this. I believe some preliminary findings on understanding how the population consumes information in a crisis will help decision-makers provide timely updates to battle hysteria, reduce panic-buying, and protect the vulnerable," said Mr Tan Hsuan Heng, Executor of the Estate.

Visit the virtual exhibition titled “The Char Kway Teow Legacy: How an Enduring Friendship Turned into a Forever Gift”  to learn about the lifelong friendship and charitable acts of the late philanthropist couple, Mr Ong Tiong Tat and Mdm Irene Tan Liang Kheng, and their late lawyer friend Mr Koh Choon Joo.


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