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’S 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.