Outreach Clinic for Rohingya Refugees

Project Outreach Clinic for Rohingya Refugees
Objectives

To provide primary health care for Rohingya refugees in Kota Tinggi and Kulai, Johor

Project Partners • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) • The Embassy of the Czech Republic
Activities

Our clinic includes: • Primary healthcare • Hygiene Kit distribution • Psychosocial activities

Locations Kota Tinggi and Kulai
Period • 23 January 2010 (Kota Tinggi and Kulai) • 20 February 2010 (Kulai) • 20 March 2010 (Kota Tinggi and Kulai) • 5 June 2010 (Kota Tinggi)
Accomplishments

667 refugees and their children seen over six sessions

Background

Rohingya is one of the minority ethnic groups from the Arkan region of western Myanmar. Many of them became stateless and fled to foreign countries to seek refuge. The total estimated population of the Rohingya refugees in Malaysia is approximately 11,277 according to the data collection in 2007 by the UNHCRMalaysia Country Operation Plan. MERCY Malaysia, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have been conducting outreach clinics to provide medical services to the underserved population such as the Rohingyas.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

77 volunteers from various backgrounds were involved in setting up the clinics and conducting basic medical health screening, medical consultations and distribution of hygiene kits. Goodies were also distributed to their children as part of psychosocial activities for the group. During the mission, 207 detainees from the detention camp benefited from the outreach clinic. Multiple cases of health issues and illness were detected and referred to the hospital for further treatment. The provision of primary healthcare includes; • Blood Pressure and Glucose check • General medical check-up for the community • Provision of medicines