RAINFOREST COMMUNITIES OF SABAH

Project RAINFOREST COMMUNITIES OF SABAH
Objectives

MERCY Malaysia recognises this predicament, and deployed our volunteers to evaluate the health situation and needs of the remote communities of Sabah. It was an extensive assessment that covered different communities located in various areas.

Project Partners -
Activities

Conducted Medical Screening and General Health Awareness, Eye Examinations, and Dental Treatment.

Locations Sabah
Period 2004
Accomplishments

MERCY Malaysia’s Sabah missions brought us to 30 villages, serving over 3,000 patients. A total of 31 medical and 17 non-medical volunteers served during our medical camps in the jungles of Sabah.

Overview

Many of the indigenous peoples of Sabah still live in their quiet longhouses, far and remote, under the shelter of the Borneo rainforest. The roads that link to their dwellings are in actual fact bumpy logging tracks that are long and winding. It takes many hours for four wheel drives to arrive at these villages, and even longer for these people to reach the nearest roads. For some, the means of leaving these isolated villages are by foot or by air. In these villages, there are no public or private medical facilities. Limited access poses a problem to these communities when seeking regular healthcare, and especially in times of emergency.

MERCY Malaysia recognises this predicament, and deployed our volunteers to evaluate the health situation and needs of the remote communities of Sabah. It was an extensive assessment that covered different communities located in various areas.

Medical Screening and General Health Awareness

MERCY Malaysia’s first mission ventured into the remote areas of Kudat, with the aim to provide these remote communities with general medical care and health awareness. It is important that, even though they live secluded from the nearest medical facility, their health is not neglected. During the mobile medical service and camps, MERCY Malaysia’s volunteer doctors provided outpatient treatment. Meanwhile, general health education is disseminated through educational talks and presentation.

Eye Examinations

Part of our services during these missions was to conduct eye-checks for the communities who hardly had any access to basic eyesight examinations. Our volunteers brought equipment and related supplies into these villages, and at times, having to carry these gear themselves as they trekked for hours through hilly and narrow paths.

Dental Treatment

Dental treatments were also conducted, together with dental awareness programmes. We also held demonstrations and distributed toothbrushes and toothpaste.