MERCY MALAYSIA IN MYANMAR

Myanmar1. MAGWAY, MYANMAR
On 18 – 25 February 2017, MERCY Malaysia’s medical team on our 5th Cleft Lip & Palate Surgical Mission to Magway, Myanmar, performed treatment on 50 children at Magway Regional Hospital.

2. KYAUK TAN
The appalling conditions of Kyauk Tan Sub-Rural Health Center concerned safety of the community has led MERCY Malaysia – led by our Director of Programme Development & Operations, Mr. Norazam Ab Samah – to discuss the reconstruction and renovation of the centre with the Rakhine State Health Department (SHD) in order to ensure that communities in and surrounding Kyauk Tan including 11 villages in the area are able to access a more quality Primary Healthcare (PHC) services in future.

3. THET KEL PYIN
The SRHC in Thet Kel Pyin, also near Sittwe Town, which is the only Emergency Referral Centre serving IDP camps and villages for communities staying outside of Sittwe Town, had been renovated to increase its capacity of managing patients to ensure it offers continuous and quality services. Managed by SHD of Sittwe and supported by International NGO including MERCY Malaysia, the service at Thet Kel Pyin SRHC will run for seven  days a week to ensure referral services are available for the communities, including provision on staffing and medical supplies.

4. BAW DU PHA
Apart from providing primary healthcare (PHC) services for IDPs, MERCY Malaysia has also supported the Rakhine SHD during their on-going health campaign including EPI & Polio Distribution of hygiene kits to 1350 families in Baw Du Pha, one of the IDP camp outside of Sittwe. In Sittweealone, with 1015 hygiene kits distributed to households inside the IDPs Camps and villages around the area, the PHC services are now covering 9 sites near the area including three static and six mobile clinics both in the villages as well as IDP camps, providing free consultation and medicines as prescribed by the medical officers.

5. SITTWE
With 1015 hygiene kits distributed to households inside the IDPs Camps and villages around the area, the PHC services are now covering 9 sites near the area including three static and six mobile clinics both in the villages as well as IDP camps, providing free consultation and medicines as prescribed by the medical officers.

6. MAUNGDAW, NORTHERN RAKHINE
MERCY Malaysia team distributed hygiene kits and tarpaulin sheets designated for four villages in North Maungdaw. Some essential medical supplies were also distributed to Maungdaw station hospital during the visit upon receiving an official request from the Township Medical Officer (TMO). On 10 March 2017, MERCY Malaysia also donated a generator for Maungdaw Station hospital. The handing over was attended by Representative of the TMO Dr. Myat Htun Khine and MERCY Malaysia Director of Programme Development & Operations, Mr. Norazam Ab Samah.

MERCY MALAYSIA ENTERS GAZA FOR FIRST TIME AFTER TWO YEARS, 11 DECEMBER 2016

download (8)On 11 December 2016, for the first time in 2 years, MERCY Malaysia entered Gaza through the Rafah border crossing in Egypt to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gazan people. This mission marks the first humanitarian mission allowed to enter through the Rafah border since the border crossing was permanently closed in 2014.

The humanitarian mission into Gaza was led by the Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt and Palestine Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, as well as MERCY Malaysia Director of Programme Development and Operations, Norazam Ab Samah. Two other Malaysian embassy officers were also present throughout the mission in order to assess projects being carried out by Malaysia apart from providing humanitarian aid.

MERCY Malaysia launched the Al Amal Centre Building, both a psychosocial centre for psycho-social programmes to be conducted, as well as a school for less privileged children and children with disabilities. Also launched, a new laboratory for the Faculty of Medicine at Islamic University of Gaza, each worth US$ 200,000 (RM 884,000). Apart from the delivery of food and winter amenities to families for upcoming winter months, MERCY Malaysia also conducted a workshop on ‘Sustainable Hospital’ at the Islamic University of Gaza.

Since 2008, MERCY Malaysia has channelled RM$18 million into Gaza, being the contributions of concerned Malaysians.

MERCY MALAYSIA ATTENDS DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION (DIHAD) 2017, 21 – 23 MARCH 2017

8d47eacd-d33d-49a6-9b88-89a68db85522The MERCY Malaysia team, led by our Honorary Secretary YM Datin Raja Riza Shazmin Raja Badrul Shah, participated in the exhibition at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) on 21 – 23 March 2017.

DIHAD held under the patronage of Emirati Vice-President and Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is supported by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, the United Nations, the UAE Red Crescent Authority, International Humanitarian City, Dubai Cares and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

DIHAD 2017 Conference programme reviewed critical issues related to children and conflict as well as the consequences, traumas and lasting scars derived from living in and fleeing from war zones: children as refugees and IDPs and what this truly means for them. Our booth were visited by the Malaysian Consulate General and Vice Consulate General.

MERCY MALAYSIA HELPING SYRIAN REFUGEES

778f2fe0-343c-4730-b15b-93ee6a8633b5MERCY MALAYSIA HELPING SYRIAN REFUGEES

REYHANLI, TURKEY, 2- 7 FEBRUARY 2017

MERCY Malaysia team led by MERCY Malaysia’s President Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus and EXCO Dr Norzila Mohamed Zainudin pursued on a humanitarian mission to Reyhanli, Hatay province in Turkey bordering Syria on 2 – 7 February 2017. The team led by MERCY Malaysia President, Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus attended a meeting at IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation office.

The programme involves hygiene distribution in three Syrian Schools of 2,000 students located in Reyhanlı District with participation of MERCY Malaysia’s administration.

The team distributed hygiene kits to three Syrian Schools of 2,000 students located in Reyhanlı District and at Anadolu Syrian school, runned by IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. The team handed over medical supplies to two hospitals (Alamal and Bab Al hawa hospital) and provided free services for Syrian refugees and the wounded from the ongoing conflict.

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON, 19 – 24 DECEMBER 2016

Throughout the year, the protracted Syrian crises ensued, and on 19 to 24 December 2016 MERCY Malaysia managed with the help of our donors and partners to extend our ongoing assistance to four Syrian refugee camps in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Apart from to monitor the latest development of the Syrian refugees at the area by our team led by our EXCO, Dr. Hariyati Shahrima, whom is also a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) expert, the mission also involved conducting capacity enhancement session about self care and gap assessment to the front-liners that are working with the Syrian refugees in the camps at area, equipping them the knowledge and skills in evidence based activities to help children, traumatized by the on-going conflict, to mobilize effective coping strategies and manage their emotions. The assistance also included the distribution of more than 24,000 medicines and food parcels for 3,036 individuals, as well as Winter Kits (Blankets, Mattresses and diesel) for 506 families, and setting up a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in one of the refugee camp that benefitted 80 children.

ALEPPO HUMANITARIAN MISSION, 19 – 26 DECEMBER 2016

After the Syrian army launched a military offensive on Aleppo, recapturing 90 percent of the eastern part of city by December, the escalation of the situation in Aleppo led to an increase in the number of IDPs resulting in over 12 million Syrians – half the country’s prewar population – displaced from their homes.

The increasing number of IDPs has also caused the provision of aid by humanitarian organizations in the area to become insufficient, and unable to cover all of the IDPs’ needs. The limited preparedness to accommodate the situation exceeded the current ability of organizations and other actors in the area to respond, calling for the international community to provide urgent support. Our team witnessed first-hand the dire situation they were facing, with the harsh winter making living conditions extremely challenging especially for children and the elderly.

After days of negotiations with the government officials from Turkey and Syria, our Rapid Assessment Team, led by our Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, Mr. Norazam Ab Samah and EXCO Dr. Iqbal, managed to get into the IDPs Camps of Kamuna in Ad-Dana Camp, in the village of Sarmada, Idlib Syria and Azaz, located at the border of Syria-Turkey, in order to deliver the much needed medical and humanitarian aid to thousands of IDPs who are still in Aleppo and Idlib. The team provided not only 1,000 ready-to-eat food baskets and the distribution of medicines, but were also able to conduct humanitarian and medical assessment.

Previously, MERCY Malaysia had conducted several missions in Syria and Aleppo between 2013 and 2014. Though provision of aids within Syria came to halt by 2015 due to the increasing crisis, however assistance by MERCY Malaysia to the Syrian refugees in other countries such as Lebanon and Jordan has been ongoing.
MERCY Malaysia is calling for the public to support this humanitarian effort that has become increasingly urgent due to the current situation in Idlib Province. Donations to the cause can be made to MERCY Malaysia’s Syria Relief Fund by logging on to www.mercy.org.my.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EMERGENCY EAST COAST FLOOD RESPONSE,JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2017

Torrential rains since 20th January 2017 due to heavy monsoon rains have affected thousands of people in urban and rural areas across seven states in Malaysia. More than 15,000 people located in flood-prone areas, severely affected by rising water levels, had been sheltering in evacuation centres, with a much higher number of people stranded in villages. Majority of people affected in rural communities were cut off from assistance due to obstruction of transportation networks and flash floods.

MERCY Malaysia’s “Emergency East Coast Flood Repsonse” covering four states Kelantan, Johor, Terrenganu and Sabah provided people affected by the floods with basic necessity relief items, such as hygiene kits and food baskets. These items are distributed to people in evacutaion centres or stranded in villages, as they are at risk to communicable diseases within the state of disaster. Apart from food assistance, the project also includes medical activities, such as mobile clinics and psychosocial assistance, based on the needs identified in the assessments conducted.

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