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More than 200 Tzu Chi volunteers provided basic health screening for the villagers of Uma Pawa Long House. [Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung]

Tzu Chi Kuching organized a 2-day medical outreach mission with the support from Kelab Cabaran Pacuan 4 Roda Bintulu, benefiting 793 villagers from 15 long houses in Kampung Long Urun, Belaga.

The doctors visited Christina, who suffered from final stage breast cancer, in her room. [Photograph by Tan Pui Lee]

Suffering from illness is a tremendous torture to one’s life. Many medical professionals, who have treated various diseases, believe that dispensing medicine to stop pain and providing surgical operation to cure illnesses are the best treatments they could give patients. However, their perception has changed after participating in a medical mission to rural areas. They experienced that love is the best medicine as it comforts the patients’ hearts.

A dentist from TIMA carefully checked the child’s teeth. [Photograph by Poi Xiao Yan]

On July 1, 2018, Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) collaborated with Tzu Chi Chapters of Pahang and Kuantan to organize a medical outreach mission for the Rohingya refugees at Dewan Orang Ramai Balok.

TIMA KL & Selangor organized the National Young Healthcare Professional Camp to promote a humanistic approach to healthcare to the young healthcare professionals. [Photograph by Saw Eng Kiar]

On May 20, 2018, TIMA KL & Selangor hosted a National Young Healthcare Professional Camp at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, with the objective of instilling in the participants humanistic approach to healthcare, so that they will learn to respect life, adopt a people-orientated approach and serve the patients irrespective of boundaries in their medical practice.

The TIMA team cut a cake to mark the ten years of service rendered at the Tzu-Chi Free Clinic (KL) and mobile clinic in Selayang. [Photograph by Chan Boon Huat]

“Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you…” In the midst of the birthday song, Dr Eddie Chan and Dr Foo Seay Liang, both TIMA members, happily cut the cake to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the medical team’s efforts in safeguarding lives.

Majority of the villagers in Kampung Titingan cannot afford medical expenses. The free clinic organized by Tzu Chi brought smiles to their faces. [Photograph by Foo Fang Teng]

There is a marginalized and underprivileged group of people, squatting in wooden stilt houses at Kampung Titingan, Tawau. Due to their undocumented status, they are denied public health benefits. Seeing their needs for medical treatments, Tzu Chi volunteers organized a large-scale free clinic for two consecutive days from November 18, 2017, and provided 2,776 treatments in total.

Seventeen-year-old Robiana (right), who was nine-months pregnant, had her first antenatal examination at the free clinic. As some abnormalities were detected in the ultrasound scan, the doctor advised her to get a thorough examination at the hospital. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

The burden of medical expenses, risk of being detained by law enforcement officers and a lack of birth-control awareness, have led the pregnant women to go without prenatal examinations and resort to home birth.

4WD vehicles are needed to travel through the rugged road to reach the long-houses in remote areas. [Photograph by Lim Heng Lai]

It is challenging to organize free clinics in remote mountainous areas with bumpy and rugged roads leading up to the mountains. With help from 39 well-trained drivers and their 4WD vehicles, TIMA members arrived at the remote villages to offer free medical services to the villagers.

Volunteer Soo Kim Mooi (right) presented a framed photo to Dr Ivan Shew Yee Siang to thank him for treating her cancer. [Photograph by Tee Kim Wooi]

“Today, I want to present a small gift to Dr Ivan Shew,” said Soo Kim Mooi, as she held a framed picture of her and Dr Ivan Shew Yee Siang in her hands. Dr Shew accepted the photo, praised her for being a brave patient and hugged her lightly as a show of encouragement and blessing. The heart-warming sight won a big round of applause from the audience.

TIMA KL & Selangor held a Cancer Forum to raise awareness in the prevention and treatment of cancer. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

Is cancer deadly? Most people feel scared at the mention of the word “cancer”, and when told they have it, all at once life seems to come to an end. For people at high risk, or even cancer patients, cancer surely seems deadly. However, either it is a misdiagnosis, wrong treatment, or delayed treatment that causes the high death toll. In fact, cancer needs not be a terminal disease if regular health checks are carried out. Early detection is the key to timely treatment.

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