VACCINATION AND ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN

Project VACCINATION AND ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN
Objectives

To provide catch-up vaccination for refugee children under the age of 18

Project Partners
Activities

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

Over a period of 6 months in 2016-2017, MERCY Malaysia deployed a team of sta and volunteers to 3 schools in Klang 7alley area which are Harmony School and AlIkhlas School in Selayang, as well as St. Mary Agape School in Ampang to conduct the vaccination clinics and oral health education sessions for the beneciaries. These schools provide education for refugee children, whom are mainly Myanmar refugees.

TESTIMONY BY VOLUNTEER

“I volunteer to help the kids, yet, I always leave the clinic with a renewed sense of hope and life, which comes from the kids and what they do for their fellow friends, the volunteers and meI”. -Athira Mazli, Medical graduate.

Locations • Harmony School, Selayang • Al – Ikhlas School, Selayang • St. Mary Agape School, Pandan Indah, Ampang
Period 26th August 2016 – January 2017
Accomplishments

PROJECT DONOR(S) • Human Aid UK • Baby  Beyond Child Specialist Clinic

• 230 refugee children received Pentaxin and MMR vaccination. • 230 refugee children received health  oral hygiene education

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES 230 refugee children

BACKGROUND

There are over a hundred thousand refugees currently in Malaysia, having ed their homes in search of temporary placement or permanent refuge from conicts and instability in various regions around the world. Refugees in Malaysia, however, are not given administrative or legislative rights; instead, UNHCR has taken the lead in receiving, registering, and determining the status of refugees in Malaysia. In response to the challenges faced by refugee communities, MERCY Malaysia has been collaborating various partners since 2007 to implement public health programs to help increase their level of health. This year, the program involves the provision of free vaccination services to refugee children in the Kelang 7alley under 18 years of age. They have been identied as those who have not received Pentaxim and MMR vaccines, which will be able protect them against infections such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio.