The breakout session on “Social and Environment” on the last day of the 2017 TIMA Conference covered the topics of infectious diseases, and community and environmental responsibility.
As volunteers are always busy juggling between Tzu Chi activities and their careers, they may not pay enough attention to their health. Thus, on February 25, 2017, the medical team of Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu organized a health screening activity for the local volunteers and their families.
For three days from February 24, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers went to Hospital Kota Belud, Sabah, to extend their care and provide food and transportation subsidies to villagers who were at the hospital for free cataract treatments. A total of 50 patients have benefitted from the operation.
On November 20, 2016, Tzu Chi Tawau held a session of free clinic at the school ground of a national primary school in the village of Titingan. Medical services were rendered to 735 villagers who were living in poverty and unable to obtain legal citizenship status.
A delegation of 27 volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka graced the 215th medical mission organized by Tzu Chi Philippines.
More than 400 Tzu Chi volunteers and medical professionals from all over the nation gathered in Kota Marudu, Sabah, to reach out to people living in the remote areas far in the hills with medical care. A total of 2,426 people received medical care from 7.30 am to 3 pm that day.
The natives living in the interior of Sabah have to travel hours to a nearby small town to seek medical consultation and treatment. Other than medical fees, they have to first settle the transport expenses. Besides the inconvenience, it is definitely a financial burden to them. Thus, Tzu Chi volunteers from Sandakan have been holding free clinics at Paitan every year for them to see a doctor and get some medication for headaches and stomach aches.
A team of 17 volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor together with one doctor and one pharmacist from TIMA departed to Sandakan to conduct a free clinic and humanistic lessons in Paitan, a rural village located some 220 km from Sandakan. The mission was a joint effort between Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Tzu Chi Sandakan which ran for four days from September 29 until October 2, 2016.
Many symptoms of diseases are frequently mistaken for illnesses. Hence, treatments fail to eradicate pains and discomfort. Actually, many physical illnesses and chronic diseases are related to the imbalance of the body structure.
Through the two-day free clinic held in collaboration with Pestech International Berhad and Electrical Board of Cambodia at Krakor District of Pursat Province, a local doctor was inspired to become a member of TIMA Cambodia.