AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


ASSIST Asia: HERO-SEA Project for Healthcare Workers in Southeast Asia

The HERO-SEA project seeks to address the well-being of the healthcare workers (HCWs) in Southeast Asia who are at the forefront of fighting global pandemics and other health crises through mental health and resiliency skills development.


Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)

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Social causes


SDGs covered

Market of Implementation

  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam


Aside from the physical and mental demands of their work, healthcare workers (HCWs) throughout Southeast Asia also face psychological and emotional challenges. These demands and challenges were unsurprisingly further exacerbated by the pandemic.

Despite the shortcomings of our healthcare systems, we, the public, saw how our HCWs valiantly stepped up into the frontlines. We have read about, or even experienced firsthand, the exemplary care and service that these HCWs unconditionally give their patients. Even though they must spend long hours on protective equipment, they also have to contend with the unique emotional and psychological upheavals courtesy of COVID-19. Many HCWs keep these challenges under wraps as few even choose, whether consciously or unconsciously, to keep their well-being on the back burner.

We are now increasingly realising, however, that neglecting one’s mental health will lead to more serious issues in the long run. As such, ASSIST's HERO-SEA Project aims to support our valiant HCWs and provide them the resources to sustain their health and well-being.


The HERO-SEA meets and exceeds the needs on the ground. Our three strategic principles will ensure that our targets HCWs are given tools and strategies for mental health support and training:

  • Delivery of mental health & resilience content based on the local context. We recognize that culture and society highly contribute to the well-being of an individual. Therefore, it is important to contextualise, localise, and translate the lessons to ensure that the life experiences of the target beneficiaries are taken into consideration.
  • Roll-out of HCW training on mental health & resilience. Using a "train the trainer" approach will ensure that the lessons shall cascade and impact more HCWs. Thus we aim to arm our Master Trainers with the competencies to share their knowledge with their colleagues.
  • Provide HCWs with high-quality educational materials for sustained capabilities. Supplementary learning materials are provided to our HCW beneficiaries to ensure sustainability.

For more information on this project, do refer to our Slide Deck.

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