Pos Kemar Dental Outreach Clinic

Project Pos Kemar Dental Outreach Clinic
Objectives

• To complement the current services provided by the Perak State Health Department, in particular dental and medical services for the population of Pos Kemar, especially amongst the adults • To promote good hygiene practices amongst the Orang Asli communities in Pos Kemar • To promote awareness of general health issues amongst the population

Project Partners Pharmaniaga Berhad
Activities

Outreach Dental Clinic

Locations Pos Kemar, Hulu Perak, Perak
Period July 2010 - April 2013
Accomplishments

Two dental outreach clinics were conducted by MERCY Malaysia in 2013

BACKGROUND

Rancangan Pengumpulan Semula Kemar, also known as RPS Kemar, is one out of three composite villages situated in Hulu Perak. RPS Kemar is the largest among the three and it consists of 15 villages having a population of 3,544 people. The population is predominantly Temiar. MERCY Malaysia has provided services to these communities in RPS Kemar for the past three years since its first clinic which began in 2010. These clinics provide the orang asli (indigenous natives) in RPS Kemar with access to primary health care services as well as dental services.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

Two clinics were organised in 2013, the first was held between January 18 – 21 and followed by the second between April 19 – 21. They were manned by a total of 12 volunteers comprising four dentists, three Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs), four Pharmaniaga volunteers and one MERCY Malaysia logistics volunteer. Each mission lasted for four days with two days of clinic days. A total of 131 patients were seen in the two clinics. The two clinics were the last for this outreach programme.

MERCY Malaysia decided to end the programme in RPS Kemar as the area has developed tremendously in the years since MERCY first started its operation there. At the beginning, RPS Kemar had neither electricity nor a static clinic. However within two years, these facilities are now in place. The beneficiaries of RPS Kemar currently have access to basic facilities and amenities. This programme has therefore realised its goals in both providing healthcare as well as raising awareness on health.