Vaccination Clinic for Myanmarese Refugees

Project Vaccination Clinic for Myanmarese Refugees
Objectives

To provide free vaccination services for Myanmarese persons of concern under the age of 18

Project Partners UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia, Myanmarese Community Centre, Selayang
Activities

• Vaccinated children according the World Health Organisation (WHO) catch up immunisation schedule offering the following vaccines: Hepatitis B (10) & Hepatitis B (20), Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus + Polio (DPT + IPV), Haemophilus Influenza B (Hib), Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) • Community information session to raise awareness on the importance of child immunisation

Locations Ampang and Selayang, Kuala Lumpur
Period • Ampang Clinics: July 2010 - April 2011 • Selayang Clinics: October 2010 - December 2011
Accomplishments

• A total of 910 individual patients were vaccinated, many of whom came back for 2nd and 3rd doses of the vaccines • 3,207 vaccine doses were given

Background
MERCY Malaysia has worked with the UN Refugee Agency
(UNHCR) and the Czech Republic since 2007, delivering
medical assistance to the ‘persons of concern’ living
in Malaysia, in particular the Rohingya Myanmarese
community. This was started to address the challenges
they face in Malaysia, specifically in terms of healthcare
access and provision.

In July 2010, in collaboration with all the partners,
MERCY Malaysia started a vaccination programme for
Myanmarese persons of concern living in the AmpangCheras
and Selayang areas. MERCY Malaysia is one of
the few NGOs in Malaysia that run vaccination outreach
clinics due to the complex requirement for the vaccine
storage and cold chain process, the associated expenses
and the complicated patient data management involved.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
The target beneficiaries for this vaccination clinic are
children of the Myanmarese community (aged below 18)
who have not received their full course of vaccinations.
The free vaccination service aims to protect the children
and communities from various diseases including,
Tetanus, Measles, Rubella, Polio and Hepatitis B, among
others.

MERCY Malaysia works very closely with the Myanmarese
community through dedicated Myanmarese community
support workers who call return patients back to the
clinics for follow-up appointments. When needed, these
community workers make house visits to counsel parents
into getting 2nd & 3rd dose vaccinations for their children.
The programme also receives support from the UNHCR
which provides interpreters to assist at the clinics.
1*’Persons of concern’ refer to both asylum seekers and
refugees who are granted temporary protection and
refugees who are individually recognised by the UNHCR.