|Project||MALAYSIA MEDICAL BELANTIK DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAM (1)|
• Improve the level of awareness on health and hygiene practices. • Improve access to medical services for detainees. • Improve the health status and psychosocial well-being of children in Belantik Detention Camp
|Project Partners||Royal Malaysian Immigration, Malaysian Ministry of Health.|
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ACTIVITIES
The Malaysian Medical Belantik Detention Centre Program was completed within
Approach for a sustainable and effective health and hygiene practice. To achieve this, the team identifed 5 stages in providing those services which are:
|Period||1st April - 30th June 2016|
• Health screening was conducted for 1,810 detainees in the center (exact number of the detainees could not be determined due to the movements including release and transfer). • Medical room was equipped with small medical equipment and supply of medicine. • 280 packs of nutritional supplements were distributed to 102 children daily. • Health and hygiene education sessions were conducted for all detainees including provision of hygiene items, personal dignity kits and improved sanitation conditions. • Females and infants received Personal Dignity Kits on a needs basis. • All cells received disinfectant items. • 20 sets of drinking water dispensers were distributed at the male and female cells. • Installation of ventilation system for both male and female cells. • Installed 12 units of washing machines. • Psychosocial activities for two hours daily eg: religious classes were conducted for children aged between 12 to 8 years old in the detention center, increasing the motivation level and self esteem of the children. • A Children Friendly Space (CFS) was built in the Detention Centre, which served as a playground for the children as well as a safe space for detainees in the case of emergency eg: fire and riot.
NO. OF BENEFICIARIES Estimated 1,810 detainees
In May 2015, some 1,600 refugees and migrants form Myanmar and Bangladesh
were estimated to have departed by sea from the Bay of Bengal in the second half
of 2015, 96% less than in the second half of 2014. In total, approximately 33,600 refugees
and migrants travelled through South-East Asia in mixed maritime movements in 2015.
Boats carrying tracked and smuggled individuals from Bangladesh and Myanmar
arrived in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia in what has been termed as the Bay of
Bengal crisis. During that time, those who landed in Malaysia were then held in the
Belantik Immigration Detention Centre while UNHCR advocated for their release.
A majority of the Boat People was then released by UNHCR in July 2016.
With the number of detainees reaching more than a thousand at any one time, and
the main focus of the staff officers were to oversee the safety and security of the
detainees and overall facility, the detention centre was facing manpower shortages to
care for the detainees’ overall wellbeing. Although the overall hygiene in the cell
blocks improved, MERCY Malaysia took the initiative to help improve the living
situation of the detainees as well as address their immediate needs in terms of their
health and hygiene conditions.