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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.

While waiting, volunteers posed for a group photo with the patients, who have treated them like family members. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

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.

Tzu Chi Tawau held a free clinic on November 20, 2016, to reach out to poor folks at Kampung Titingan who had no legal citizenship status. [Photograph by Liew Yueh Yee]

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.

Being the most sought-after service in this medical mission, dentistry service was manned by 66 professionals to treat as many locals as possible. [Photograph by Siow Yau Chu]

A delegation of 27 volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka graced the 215th medical mission organized by Tzu Chi Philippines.

Medical outreach on a full-scale for remote Kota Marudu saw medical services being delivered to people living in the hilly areas far and away. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

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.

Dr Chai Kean Chung listened to the natives attentively and tried his best to help them. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

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.

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