Dental and Primary Health care Outreach Clinic for Rumah Nur Salam, Chow Kit

Project Dental and Primary Health care Outreach Clinic for Rumah Nur Salam, Chow Kit
Objectives

To provide primary healthcare and dental services for impoverished or unsupervised children living in the Chow Kit area

Project Partners Yayasan Salam Malaysia
Activities

Our clinic includes: • Primary healthcare • Dental services

Locations Chow Kit
Period On-going from the year 2009
Accomplishments

321 children seen over 10 sessions

Background

Since 2009, MERCY Malaysia in collaboration with Rumah Nur Salam has set up monthly outreach clinics for impoverished or unsupervised children living in the Chow Kit area. Rumah Nur Salam is a 24-hour activity centre and a safehouse for marginalised children. It was set up in 2007 by Yayasan Salam Malaysia and the National Welfare Department of Malaysia. The safehouse is able to accommodate about 20 live-in children at a time and receives 90 daycare children daily. Many of the children come from unstable family background with very limited income, and others may be unwanted and abandoned. Most of the children do not receive regular immunisation and primary health care and have limited access to education.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

The outreach clinic provides primary healthcare and dental services to an average of 30 children per session. To manage the crowd of children as they wait their turn, fun activities are conducted by volunteers in the waiting room in Rumah Nur Salam. A total of 321 children were seen over 10 sessions held at the activity centre.