|Project||Primary Healthcare in Sarawak|
Primary Healthcare in Long San, Miri, Sarawak
From 22nd until 24th February 2006, MERCY Malaysia, through its mobile clinic programme, provided healthcare services including dental care and eye examinations to the Long San community in Miri, Sarawak. MERCY Malaysiaʼs team
attended to 870 patients. We collaborated with Jit Kwang Optical who sent two volunteer optometrists to conduct eye examinations and provided eye-screening equipment. Prescription spectacles to villagers and children were distributed
at no cost.
MERCY Malaysia also ran a health education session at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Temenggung Lawai Jau where knowledge was shared on communicable diseases including malaria and HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of good reproductive health practices and dental care to the communities. Our team de-wormed and de-liced over one hundred children at Sekolah Kebangsaan St. Pius.
Additionally, the Sarawak Chapter donated 26 sets of basic farming tools and equipment to 26 families affected by a fire in Long San. The Columbia Asia Medical Care Centre donated 10 sets under their Columbia Care Project, while the rest
was donated by individuals and the general public.
Mental Health Support Training
With funding from ExxonMobil, MERCY Malaysia ran a six-day training session on Basic and Advanced Psychosocial and Mental Health Intervention from 6th to 11th November 2006, attended by 38 participants comprising staff members and
volunteers from MERCY Malaysia as well as five participants from the Islamic Health Society (IHS) in Lebanon. The objective of the programme was to provide volunteers with knowledge on psychosocial and mental health intervention
and support in order to develop a pool of skilled volunteers to be on-hand for MERCY Malaysiaʼs emergency response unit when necessary.