Outreach Clinic for Temporary Holding Centre

Project Outreach Clinic for Temporary Holding Centre
Objectives

To reach out and provide medical aid to the detainees

Project Partners • Federal Task Force • SUHAKAM
Activities

• Primary health care check up • Hygiene kits distribution • Psychosocial activities for children

Locations Papar, Sabah
Period • 12 March 2011 • 9 July 2011 • 12 Nov 2011
Accomplishments

A total of 625 beneficiaries were treated

BACKGROUND

Health care amongst immigrants at the temporary holding centre is important because in such closedvicinity, the outbreak of a single disease could harm the entire population of the detention centre and could even spill outside the centre. The centre is able to house close to 5,000 detainees. As they are from various backgrounds, some might have already carried infectious diseases such as Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) before they were detained. Therefore, a thorough check-up is essential.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia, with the assistance of the Federal Task Force and SUHAKAM, set up a clinic in Temporary Detainees Centre to provide basic health care checkup and eye screening for the detainees in the centre. An
ultrasound scan was also given for the female detainees. Three sessions were conducted in Papar involving a number of volunteers consisting of medical experts. A total of 625 detainees benefitted from this programme. MERCY Malaysia also conducted a workshop for the Federal Task Force staff to provide them basic knowledge in detecting medical emergencies and administering first aid.