Vaccination Clinic for Myanmarese Refugees

Project Vaccination Clinic for Myanmarese Refugees
Objectives

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

Project Partners • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) • The Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR) Education Centre • Czech Republic Embassy
Activities

• Vaccinate children according to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended immunisation coverage. This includes vaccination for: Hepatitis B (10) and Hepatitis B (20), Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus + Polio (DPT + IPV), Haemophilus Influenza B (Hib), Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) • Community information and education to raise awareness on the importance of child immunisation

Locations • Pudu, Kuala Lumpur • Changkat Bukit Bintang
Period May to November 2012
Accomplishments

• 160 patients were vaccinated in Pudu • 142 patients were vaccinated in Changkat Bukit Bintang • 5 missions were completed throughout 2012

Background

To date, Malaysia has received an estimated 42,309 refugees from Myanmar, comprising of approximately 15,800 Chins, 15,200 Rohingyas, 4,000 Myanmar Muslims, with the remaining from other minority ethnics. The UNHCR worked with partners to protect and assist the registered refugees and asylumseekers. Approximately 14,200 children are below the age of 18 and 7,000 at school-going age. In July 2010, with collaboration from UNHCR and ACR, MERCY Malaysia started a vaccination programme for Myanmarese refugees living in the Ampang-Cheras area. MERCY Malaysia is one of the few NGOs in Malaysia that run vaccination outreach clinics. This is due to a number of reasons; primarily, these outreach clinics can be expensive due to the cold-storage requirements for vaccine medicines and the administrative registration regulations of refugee and migrant communities.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

Throughout 2012, MERCY Malaysia was the only provider of free vaccination services to the Myanmarese community in the Klang Valley area. The UNHCR requested that MERCY Malaysia continue to provide these services in refugee schools located in the Klang Valley. This will help reduce incidents of infection, which are aggravated by cramped and overpopulated urban living conditions. The target beneficiaries for this vaccination clinic are children from 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 their communities from Kuala Lumpur various diseases, including: Tetanus, Measles, Rubella, Polio and Hepatitis B. Indirectly the service protects the Malaysian community as a whole from communicable diseases.