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

Project Dental and Primary Healthcare 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

• Primary healthcare • Dental services • Health education • Psychosocial activities

Locations Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
Period January-June 2011
Accomplishments

180 children seen over 6 sessions

BACKGROUND

Set up in 2007 by Yayasan Salam Malaysia and the National Welfare Department of Malaysia, Rumah Nur Salam is a 24-hour activity centre and a safehouse for marginalised children. It is able to accommodate about 20 live-in children at any one time and receives 90 daycare children daily. Currently, there are 434 registered children between the ages of 4 and 18. Many of the children are from unstable families with very limited income, while others may be unwanted or abandoned. Most of the children do not receive regular immunisation and primary healthcare and have limited access to education.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

Since 2009, MERCY Malaysia, in collaboration with Rumah Nur Salam, has set up monthly outreach clinics providing primary healthcare, growth screening and dental services to impoverished or unsupervised children living in the Chow Kit area. At any one clinic, volunteer doctors and nurses diagnose and treat up to 40 children whose age ranges from 3 to 17 years old. Children are given health educations at the clinic. Fun activities are also conducted in the waiting room (e.g. colouring competition, musical chairs, connect the dots etc) to provide the children with an enriching experience.