Upgrading of Healthcare Services in Sonbarsa Block, Saharsa District, Bihar

Skytomato Admin

Background
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

North Africa Mission 4

Skytomato Admin

BACKGROUND

During the Libyan conflict, more than 800,000 people fled Libya as concerns on the people’s safety grew. Egypt and Tunisia are the two main points of exit in which the number of people entering these countries exceeded 250,000 and 400,000 respectively. MERCY Malaysia and Merlin UK have been in contact with each other, assessing the possibility of collaboration between both organisations on the Tunisian – Libya border. Merlin UK has a team operating in Tataouine, Tunisia and another in Nalut, Libya. Since there is no proper referral system set up in Nalut, patients are being transported across the border for emergency treatment, a journey that takes close to four hours. As Merlin UK looks to focus primarily on setting up a proper system in Nalut so that patients can receive treatment as quickly as possible, MERCY Malaysia proposed to send a team over to complement the services provided by Merlin UK in Tataouine.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia sent a team to Tunisia consisting mainly of doctors and nurses to support the surgical unit of Tatouine Regional Hospital. The team assisted in several surgical procedures and had conducted medical consultations for war victims that had migrated to Tunisia.

Successively, MERCY Malaysia deployed a fourth team (full surgical team) comprising of one orthopaedic surgeon, two OT nurses, one anaesthetist and one logistician. The team was deployed for two weeks and attached to Tataouine Regional Hospital near the border of Tunisia – Libya. As there is a shortage of surgical equipment, the team brought along with them a complete orthopaedic surgical set which was later donated to the hospital.

Emergency Response – Typhoon Bopha (Pablo)

Donations Officer

BACKGROUND

Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Mindanao on 4 December 2012, causing massive damage across 3,064 barangays (villages) in 34 provinces. The typhoon affected more than 6,243,998 people (711,682 families), leaving the majority of them homeless and without any means of making a living, as almost all agricultural produce in the affected areas were destroyed. The estimated cost of the disaster now stands at PHP 2 billion (USD 49 million). The worst affected provinces were Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental of Region XI (Region Eleven).

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

MERCY Malaysia deployed an assessment team on 14 December 2012, to identify the needs and gaps in the health sector. The team observed that there were many medical teams working in the town areas of the affected provinces, but few were conducting clinics in the more isolated barangays. MERCY Malaysia deployed three medical teams to serve the affected communities in the interior barangays of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The teams conducted medical outreach clinics in Compostela Valley, in-partnership with the Diocese of Tagum and the Diocese of Mati. The immense damage to houses and crops caused by Typhoon Bopha left communities without proper shelter, access to healthcare, food, clean water and sanitation. MERCY Malaysia continues to assess the evolving needs especially in the Mental Health and Psyhosocial Support (MHPSS) and Water, Sanitation and Hygine (WASH) sector. The medical teams conducted a total of 28 medical outreach clinics over a duration of 7 weeks, serving more than 8,505 people.

Psychosocial Skills Training for Humanitarian and Community Workers in response to Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong)

Donations Officer

BACKGROUND

Many of the communities who were displaced as a result of Tropical Storm Washi, remained in evacuation centres and transitional camps for many months while awaiting the completion of the permanent relocation sites. Many of those displaced had lost loved ones during the disaster. All these combined factors had taken a toll on the psychosocial wellbeing of the affected communities. As a continuation to MERCY Malaysia’s emergency relief efforts, the team identified the need to develop local capacity, specifically in the field of psychosocial services.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS

In order to better prepare the communities themselves to respond to the psychosocial needs during future disasters, MERCY Malaysia conducted two three-day training sessions in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, with participants from relevant local government agencies and local humanitarian agencies. The training module was specially designed by MERCY Malaysia’s psychosocial team with a special focus on preparing the frontline healthcare and humanitarian workers. They will respond to the current psychosocial needs of the affected communities, as well as future psychosocial needs in the event of disasters. The disaster cycle, psychosocial first aid, working with vulnerable groups, play activities with children, grief counselling, burnout and self-care among humanitarian workers were among the topics covered during the training. The training session also served as a platform for the representatives of the various organisations and agencies to share their experiences with each other.

El-Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Medical Outreach Programme

Skytomato Admin

BACKGROUND

Since the early days of the Al-Aqsa Intifada back in 2000, tough military actions and tight security procedures have left thousands of Palestinians killed and many others injured, displaced and homeless. “Operation Cast Lead”, as the Israeli army called its campaign against the Gaza Strip, constituted one of the most violent episodes in the recent history of the occupied Palestinian territory. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights estimated that 14,172 Palestinians were killed during the 22-day campaign. The civilian population suffered further from damage to electricity, water and sewage systems. Military operations also caused substantial damage to schools, universities, hospitals and other infrastructures, destroying an already weakened institutional capacity.

MERCY MALAYSIA EFFORTS

El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation and Specialized Surgery hospital located in Gaza City (Northern Gaza) – the only hospital offering such services – was badly damaged during the conflict. Recognising the hospital’s importance not only during the conflict but also after, MERCY Malaysia partnered with El Wafa Hospital and helped reconstruct the hospital’s facilities. The partnership led to the initiation of an outreach programme for specialised medical rehabilitation to the southern part of Gaza Strip, expanding El Wafa’s standard coverage. MERCY Malaysia carries out house-to-house visits to provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing care sessions to identified beneficiaries.

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