Following MERCY Malaysia’s response to the floods when the eastern embankment of Kosi was breached back in 2008, MERCY Malaysia embarked on the project as a long term effort to provide quality primary health care to the community of Biratpur and other neighbouring rural areas in the Saharsa district. MERCY Malaysia’s health centre is located in one of the poorest regions in the whole of Bihar. Majority of the people left in the villages are women, children and senior citizens as most of the men work in other states in India. Malnutrition among children is a serious problem in Saharsa as is the spread of communicable diseases especially malaria, tuberculosis and HIV among members of the community.
MERCY Malaysia efforts
In 2011 MERCY Malaysia continued with its commitment to make basic health care accessible to the local community with the operation of MERCY Malaysia’s Biratpur Health Centre which has been in operation since 2009. The Biratpur Health Centre staff also conducted community meetings to promote good health and hygiene practices among the communities from the surrounding 25 villages. As the nearest hospital is more than an hour away by car, MERCY Malaysia’s presence is essential in providing quality health care services to the community in Biratpur and the adjoining rural areas