Vaccination Clinic for Refugee Children

Project Vaccination Clinic for Refugee Children
Objectives

To provide Myanmarese (Burmese) under 18 in Klang Valley areas access to the following vaccinations: • Hepatitis B (10) & Hepatitis B (20) • Diphtheria, Pertussis & Tetanus + Polio (DPT + IPV) • Haemophilus Influenza B (Hib) • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) • BCG

Project Partners Nanyang Foundation
Activities

Conducted 12 vaccination clinics in refugee schools located in Ampang and Selayang

Locations Klang Valley areas
Period September 2014 to October 2015
Accomplishments

• Provided the children with immunization services • Beneficiaries will have access to healthcare • Reduction in mortality and morbidity rates among the targeted beneficiaries

Background

MERCY Malaysia has been working closely with UNHCR since 2007 to deliver medical assistance to Myanmarese refugees living in Malaysia. This project was established in order to address the challenges they face in Malaysia, specifically in terms of healthcare access and provision. In July 2010 to December 2011, in collaboration with UNHCR and the Czech Republic, MERCY Malaysia started a vaccination programme for Myanmarese refugees living in the AmpangCheras and Selayang areas. Our target beneficiaries for this vaccination clinic are children of the Myanmarese community (aged below 18) who have not received their full course of vaccinations . In 2012, MERCY Malaysia remained as the only provider of free vaccination services to the Myanmarese community in the Klang Valley area. UNHCR had requested for us to continue the provision of these services in refugee schools in the Klang Valley area to decrease the incidence of disease exacerbated by cramped and overpopulated urban living conditions.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

At the vaccination clinics, the on-site teachers were recruited as translators to help with the dissemination of information and instructions to the children and parents. It is hoped that with this effort, the community will be able to gain control over the factors and decisions towards their health. Indirectly, they will be able to improve their health markers and build capacity to advocate for the betterment of their community. Through this grant, Yayasan Nanyang Press and MERCY Malaysia was able to cover approximately 912 vaccinations to two refugee schools in the Klang Valley.