Dental and Primary Health care Outreach Clinic for Orang Asli in Pos Kemar

Project Dental and Primary Health care Outreach Clinic for Orang Asli in Pos Kemar
Objectives

To provide primary health care, growth screening and dental services to Orang Asli

Project Partners • Pharmaniaga Berhad • Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA) Hulu Perak • Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (Hulu Perak) • Village Leader of Pos Kemar
Activities

• Primary healthcare • Dental services

Locations Pos Kemar
Period December 2010 - December 2012
Accomplishments

Type of treatment provided: • Dental – 27 patients • Primary Health care – 22 patients

Background

MERCY Malaysia has been working with Pharmaniaga Berhad since December 2010 to deliver medical and dental assistance to the Orang Asli of the Temiar tribe in the Rancangan Pengumpulan Semula (RPS) Kemar in the Temenggor District of Perak. MERCY Malaysia works closely with the JHEOA and KKM in a complimentary partnership to fill health care provision gaps in the area. The clinic covers up to 15 villages of various sizes in the surrounding area. The Temiar tribe –numbering between 14,000 to 20,000 peopleis one of many groups of Orang Asli (Indigenous People) that live in Malaysia and account for less than 1% of the population.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia runs dental and primary health care outreach clinics and focuses on chronic diseases such as asthma and high blood pressure. Best hygiene practices were also promoted, where toothpastes and toothbrushes were distributed during the sessions. A total of 49 patients were treated at one clinic in 2010 and the number of patients is expected to increase as the clinic becomes more established in 2011.