Immediate response focusing on health and hygiene needs
|Project Partners||Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)|
• Hygiene kit distribution • Health and hygiene education
|Period||4 – 6 April 2011|
300 hygiene kits were distributed
Flooding in Perlis towards the end of March caused more than 4,000 people to be evacuated to relief centres at the height of the flood.
MERCY Malaysia mobilised its Northern Chapter and sent a team from the HQ to respond to the flood. The flood response was carried out in partnership with UniMAP. This was the first response in which MERCY Malaysia and UniMAP officially worked together.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS
MERCY Malaysia together with UniMAP responded to the flood in Perlis by distributing hygiene kits as well as giving health and hygiene education to the beneficiaries. A total of 300 hygiene kits were distributed to evacuation centres in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Ali and Sekolah Kebangsaan Panggau as well as to staff and students of UniMAP who were affected by the flood. As for hygiene education, UniMAP nurses conducted a session with the beneficiaries which included hand washing and dental care. This is to educate and instill awareness amongst the beneficiaries on the importance of good hygiene practices in order to avoid unwanted diseases.