Dental and Primary Healthcare Outreach Clinic for Orang Asli in Pos Kemar

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

To provide primary healthcare and dental services to Orang Asli

Project Partners • Pharmaniaga Berhad (Donor) • Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA) Hulu Perak • Village leaders of Pos Kemar • Ministry of Health (MoH), Hulu Perak
Activities

• Primary healthcare • Dental services

Locations Pos Kemar, Temenggor Perak
Period December 2010 - December 2012
Accomplishments

Up to December 2011, we have seen a total of: • Dental patients: 278 • Primary healthcare patients: 529

BACKGROUND

MERCY Malaysia has been working with Pharmaniaga Berhad since December 2010 to deliver medical and dental assistance to the Orang Asli (aborigines) of the Temiar tribe in the Rancangan Pengumpulan Semula (RPS) Kemar in the Temenggor District of Perak. Our clinic covers up to 15 kampungs of various sizes in the surrounding area.

The Temiar tribe – numbering between 14,000 to 20,000 people – is one of the many groups of Orang Asli and account for less than 1% of the population.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia runs dental and primary healthcare outreach clinics and promotes best hygiene practices. Toothpaste and toothbrushes are also distributed during some of the sessions to encourage long term adherence to oral hygiene practices.

This complimentary partnership with JHEOA and MoH aims to fill healthcare provision gaps in the area. MERCY Malaysia’s success in getting the notoriously shy Orang Asli to visit the clinics is a testament to the relationship which has been built with the community.