Dental Outreach Clinic for the Orang Asli in Pos Kemar

Project Dental Outreach Clinic for the Orang Asli in Pos Kemar
Objectives

To provide dental services to the Orang Asli community

Project Partners • Department of Orang Asli Development (JHEOA) Hulu Perak • Village leaders of Pos Kemar. • Ministry of Health (MoH), Hulu Perak • Pharmaniaga Berhad
Activities

• Dental clinic • Dental health promotion activities

Locations Pos Kemar, Temenggor Perak
Period • Mission 7: 24 – 27 February 2012 • Mission 8: 20 – 23 April 2012 • Mission 9: 20 – 23 July 2012 • Mission 10: 19 -22 October 2012
Accomplishments

A total of 184 patients were treated in four missions

Background

MERCY Malaysia has been working with Pharmaniaga Berhad since 2010, delivering medical and dental assistance to the indigenous people of Temiar under the Rancangan Pengumpulan Semula (RPS), in the Temenggor district of Perak. From 2011, MERCY Malaysia only provides dental assistance as the medical needs have now been met with the establishment of a static clinic in RPS Kemar, by the Ministry of Health (MoH). The Temiar community consist of approximately 14,000 to 20,000 people and is one of many groups of aboriginal people who live in Malaysia.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia carried out four missions of dental outreach clinics in 2012 with the help of two dentists, two dental surgery assistants (DSA) and four generalists for each mission. These outreach clinics provided dental health promotion activities to encourage the community to practice improved dental hygiene practices to reduce future treatments. The partnership with JHEOA and MoH aims to fill healthcare provision gaps that exist in the area. MERCY Malaysia’s success in getting the shy Orang Asli to visit the clinic is a testament to the relationship which MERCY Malaysia has developed with this community over time.