Brave Woman Snippets: featuring Ida Simmons

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 Featuring Ida Simmons as a Brave Women
The photo was taken from the Ministry of Health. (1997). More than a Calling: Nursing in Singapore Since 1885 Singapore: Ministry of Health.
The first public health nurse of Singapore- Ida M. M. Simmons. She came from Scotland and joined the Straits Settlements Medical Department in December 1926. She introduced infant and maternal health services in Singapore.


Infant mortality was high in 1927, 263 of every 1000 babies in Singapore died in their first year. In the Malay community, 300 of every 1000 babies died. Ida picked up the language of Malay and went to every Village to unravel the cause of the high mortality rate of the infants. A mobile dispensary was launched by the health department to aid with Ida’s work. These Vehicles would take Ida to various locations during her house calls. Transporting those in need medical attention or bringing doctors to the house. In 1927 the medical team reduced the infant mortality rate to 57 per 1000 babies that year an exceptional record.