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 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.