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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.

On July 8, 2017, Tzu Chi volunteers conducted a community health check-up for 104 people at SJK(C) Nan Hwa in Tangkak. [Photograph by Yo Choon Yen]

Health is priceless. It is also the wealth of life. But many people overlook the importance of disease prevention. Thus, medical personnel from TIMA worked together with community volunteers to organize a health check-up activity, with the hope of enhancing public health awareness and fostering closer relationships with the local community.

On April 29, 2017, TIMA Klang organized a get-together session which attracted participation from 79 medical personnel. Photo shows volunteer and attendees having a chat. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

More than 30 medical personnel from Klang participated in the 2017 TIMA International Conference held in March. As a post-conference momentum, volunteers from Klang joined the local TIMA members in organizing a large scale get-together session, which saw the participation of 79 medical personnel. Other than encouraging everyone to partake in future medical activities, it was also a golden opportunity for volunteers to share their joy in serving.

The breakout session on “Social and Environment” covered the topics of infectious diseases, and community and environmental responsibility. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]

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.

Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu organized a health screening event for volunteers and their families. Emily Koh Kum Seong (centre) encouraged fellow volunteers to have health check annually. [Photograph by Tse Ning Siong]

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.

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