The Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore) was founded in 1990 to promote the practice, education, training and prevention of infectious diseases. Our members comprise infectious disease, microbiology and preventive medicine doctors, and infectious disease nurses, pharmacists and researchers, and students in these disciplines. We organise regular continuing education events in infectious diseases and collaborate with international societies to organise international conferences. We are affiliated with International Society of Chemotherapy (http://www.ischemo.org/) and the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (http://www.apscmi.org/benefits.php).
While HIV in 1985 was the impetus for the establishment of infectious disease specialty in Singapore, infectious diseases in Singapore more recently were defined by the SARS outbreak in 2003. The development and growth of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases has accelerated since SARS. We experienced large dengue outbreaks in 2005 and 2013, chikungunya in 2008, pandemic H1N1 in 2009, and Zika in 2016. In the domain of antimicrobial resistance against a background of endemic MRSA, carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae emerged in 2010. There is now a vibrant community of clinicians and scientists working in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. In 2018, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases was established to address the infectious disease needs of the nation.