Outreach Clinic Program

Project Outreach Clinic Program
Objectives

• To reduce the spread of communicable diseases • Increasing the general wellbeing of the community • To complement current services provided by Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Hulu Perak for the Orang Asli community

Project Partners Pfizer
Activities

• Nutrition and Hygiene Talk • Health Screening (Adult) • Health Screening (Children) • Head Lice Treatment • Distribution of hygiene kits. • Health Education – hypertension • Talk on Dental Hygiene • Psychosocial Activities

Locations Kampung Sungai Tiang, Ipoh, Perak
Period March & August 2014
Accomplishments

1. Bridging and reducing the gap between urban and rural community in terms of access to healthcare 2. Increased awareness on public health among the rural communities in Sungai Tiang 3. The total attendance of both missions were as follows: • Health Screening for Adults: 106 • Health Screening for Children: 108 • Head Lice Treatment: 100 • Psychosocial Activities: 50

Background

MERCY Malaysia and Pfizer jointly conducted an outreach programme in Kampung Sungai Tiang on the 26th to 28 March and 15th to 17th August 2014. The programme were aimed at reducing the spread of communicable diseases and increasing the general wellbeing of the community by raising the community’s awareness on the importance of personal healthcare and basic hygiene practices. Pfizer’s Humanitarian Grant enables MERCY Malaysia to provide basic dental treatment, health awareness and promotion to the Orang Asli community in Sungai Tiang, supporting the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to uplift their standard of living. Therefore, the best way to further reduce this gap is through the implementation of outreach clinics.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Based on the assessment and discussion amongst team members, MERCY Malaysia believed that there was a need to combine two programmes in order to address the problems that plagued the community of Kampung Sungai Tiang. Hence, MERCY Malaysia combined the Dental Outreach Clinic with the Health Awareness Programme in Kampung Sungai Tiang. The team of MERCY Malaysia and Pfizer volunteers conducted a dental clinic and held an oral health awareness programme with the community. The oral health awareness programme focused on encouraging the members of the community to maintain good oral hygiene practices via a demonstration on teeth brushing exercise. Volunteers from previous visits to Kampung Sungai Tiang noticed that many of the children suffered from head lice infestation. In order to address this issue, Pfizer and MERCY Malaysia took the opportunity to conduct head lice treatment activity with the children. The team helped to wash the children’s hair with “Lice Clear” (head lice medication) and provided each of them with an extra bottle of “Lice Clear” and a lice comb for them to use at home. MERCY Malaysia and Pfizer also conducted a health screening exercise and held psychosocial sessions with the community.