Chronic non-healing wounds (diabetic foot ulcers, pressure injuries, and venous leg ulcers) disproportionately affect the elderly population. Tropical climate further complicates the prognosis of chronic wounds as a humid and warm environment is favourable for bacterial infection. Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers often lead to amputations and pose significant health care challenges to clinicians. Singapore has the second-highest proportion of people with diabetes among developed nations and roughly around four diabetes-related amputations in a day. Better care and treatments for diabetic foot ulcers and other chronic wounds could prevent poor prognosis and save lives. Chronic wounds incur high costs and negatively impact mobility, well-being, and quality of life.
The Wound Care Innovation for the Tropics (WCIT) programme is a first-of-its-kind research program focusing on wound care in tropical climates. Our focus is to transform the care of chronic wounds, deliver better health outcomes and reduce economic burdens.
Our approach encompasses the following areas of research
- World's largest library of Asian chronic wound samples to identify biomarkers and drug targets.
- Develop innovations in advance dressings, diagnostics, and practice support patients.
- Improved wound models to support preclinical testing.
- First central wound registry in Asia with over 800 patients to improve health service delivery.
- Forge strong clinical ties with five new wound-focused center's set up in Singapore in the past two years.
By accelerating the development of novel wound care therapies and practices, our programme aims to position Singapore as a new focal point in Asia for its world-class research and development in the field of chronic wounds.
For more information on the WCIT Programme, please contact Jason Kow from the Strategic Partnerships and Business Development team.