Distribution of Non-Food Items (NFI) and Providing Primary Health Care to Affected Communities in the Rakhine State

Project Distribution of Non-Food Items (NFI) and Providing Primary Health Care to Affected Communities in the Rakhine State
Objectives

• To provide hygiene kits and drug impregnated mosquito nets to the local communities • To provide primary health care to Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps

Project Partners Rakhine State Health Department, Rakhine Social Welfare, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Rakhine State Government and United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
Activities

• Meeting relevant local authorities • Distribute hygiene kits and drug impregnated mosquito nets • Donation of medical supplies

Locations Sittwe, Rakhine State
Period October to December 2012
Accomplishments

• Distribution of 3,000 hygiene kits • Distribution of 3,000 drug impregnated mosquito nets • Donation of USD20,000 worth of medication to the Rakhine State Department of Health • Providing building materials for community healthcare centre in Say Tah Mar Gyi camp. • Recruited six medical doctors for attachment to the Rakhine State Department of Health to served at IDP camps • Treated 9,046 patients between November and December 2012 • Construction of Dar Paing Emergency Hospital

Background

In early June 2012: communal unrest between the people of Rakhine resulted in thousands of individuals becoming displaced. The conflict also resulted in many deaths and injuries and destroyed homes and businesses. This was followed by a second wave of social conflict in October 2012, which affected eight townships. The violence affected many vulnerable people, implicating their health and livelihoods adversely and breaking down community relations among the population. It was estimated that 115,000 people were displaced in Rakhine State as a result of the continued violence. Several humanitarian needs still need addresing like food, shelter, proper sanitation and hygiene facilities.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia commenced operations in Rakhine State providing health essentials to the displaced community in October 2012. Over 3,000 hygiene kits and impregnated mosquito nets were distributed to improve personal sanitation and reduce malaria risks. MERCY Malaysia’s presence is essential to continue to provide health services through its mobile clinics, medical donations and hospital reconstruction. MERCY Malaysia has recruited local medical doctors, attached to the relevant Department of Health.