OUTREACH CLINICS

BACKGROUND

Since 2003, MERCY Malaysia has operated Outreach Clinics in the interiors of Sarawak which have been identied to be in need of medical services due to their remote locations. In such areas, the nearest hospitals are between 20-50 kilometres away and the cost to travel for medical services can reach up to RM50-RM200. Access to these areas are usually only by 4-wheel drives, on foot, boats or helicopter. In 2016, MERCY Malaysia Sarawak Chapter identied 3 villages for this program which are: o Long Kerong, Sg Selungo: The communities are from the Penan ethniciity. Their economic activities are farming and hunting. As the mode of transportation to reach this village is by longboats, logging road or twin otter ight, the nearest clinic to Long Kerong, Sg Selungo is Klinik Kesihatan Long Banga which is about 48 km away. o Ba’Medamot, Limbang: Two sessions were held for this location, which were in Ulu Limbang lodging camp and Ba’ Medamot village. The communities around the area are from the Penan ethnicity, and their economic activities involve farming and hunting. The journey to the village takes about 6 hours by 4-wheel drive through logging road from Limbang town, including mountain trekking from the foothills.

o Ulu Engkari Lubok Antu, Sri Aman: The communities around the area are from the Penan ethnicity and are mainly farmers and hunters. To reach this village, one has to take a 6.5-hour drive from Sri Aman town, followed by a 5-hour longboat ride from the Batang Ai Dam. The nearest clinic from the village can only be accessed by river which takes about an hour to reach by long boat.

FLOOD EMERGENCY RESPONSE

BACKGROUND

Heavy rainfall beginning in early February 2016 caused major ooding in several states in Malaysia including Sarawak, especially at Serian and Simunjan divisions. In Serian, 315 families from Kg. Tebakang Dayak, Kg. Tebakang Melayu, Kg. Tebakang Cina and Kg. Sorak Melayu were affected and were moved to two evacuation centres. The evacuation centres were at Sacred Heart Tebakang and SK Pangkalan Sorak. While in Simunjan, 85 families Kg. Sebemban and Kg. Slabi Entungkuh were moved to the evacuation centres in Balai Raya Kampung Slabi Entungkuh and Dewan Masyarakat Gedong.

CLINIC RECONSTRUCTION

BACKGROUND

Sarawak suered from major oods which happened between 16th January- 30th January 2015, and two of the most aected areas in Miri were in Long Panai, Marudi and Long Bemang, Ulu Baram. Among the amenities that were severely damaged was a health clinic, where the high ood level caused damages to the structure and equipment in the clinic, thus disrupting the health services to 3,214 beneciaries from the surrounding areas. The clinic is located by the river side, the clinic’s jetty which served as the transit point for patients to get to and from the clinic suered major damages as well.

INTERVENTION GROUP FOR ALCOHOL MISUSE: SPORTS AND CULTURAL CARNIVAL WITHOUT ALCOHOL

BACKGROUND

The Malaysian National Health Morbidity Survey 2015 stated that 8.4% adults consume alcohol, with 28.4% of the current drinkers drinking in a risky way. Among the states in Malaysia, Sabah ranks third after Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak in terms of alcohol consumption. Findings from a researcher of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) stated that 17% of the population in Sabah were heavy alcohol drinker and about 50% of them do so in hazardous way. However, this is preventable through eective interventions. One of the eective ways that attract more people to attend alcohol awareness program is through sports events that promote healthy and alcohol free lifestyle.

OUTREACH CLINICS

BACKGROUND

There are thousands of villages in the interior of Sabah that has limited access to medical facilities due to the remote locations and lack of infrastructure. Since 2003, MERCY Malaysia has operated Outreach Clinics in areas identied to require such services, where the nearest hospitals are between 20-50 kilometres away, and the cost to travel for medical services can reach up to RM50- RM200 for a return trip. Access to these areas are usually only by 4-wheel drives, on foot, boats or helicopter. In 2016, MERCY Malaysia Sabah Chapter identied 3 villages for this program which are: o Kg Abingkoi, Tenom: The communities are mainly from the Murut ethnicity and are Christians. They are self-sufficient farmers and some are rubber-tappers. The nearest clinic is at Klinik Kesihatan Kemabong which is 20km away and the villagers have to pay RM30.00 return trip to visit this Klinik Kesihatan. o Kg Sonsogon Magandai, Kota Marudu: The communities are mainly from Dusun Sundazo community. They are subsistence rubber tappers, farmers and some are planters. For medical emergencies, the community will have to make a call to Hospital Kota Marudu, and the hospital will send a helicopter to pick up patients. o Kg Inarad, Kinabatangan: The main ethnic group is Murut. The communities’ source of income comes from farming, working in palm oil estates and logging companies. The nearest health facility is Penangah Health Clinic, which is 4.5 hours away and costs RM100.00 for a return trip.