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Fifty-one bags of blood were collected from a blood donation campaign jointly organized by Kota Tinggi Hospital and Tzu Chi Foundation. [Photograph by Wong Kuan Fong]

Toh Chin Soon was afraid of pain, hence not keen to donate blood. Under the persuasion of volunteer, he bravely pulled up his sleeve and agreed to donate. He realized it was not as painful as he thought and having done it, he felt joyous. He hoped to bring more friends next time.

TIMA members greeted all warmly at the 2016 TIMA Chinese New Year Fellowship. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

It was springtime and KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall was filled with Chinese New Year cheer. Volunteers were happily exchanging greetings and wishes for a better year. On February 21, 2016, a total of 112 TIMA members, medical volunteers and public members celebrated the festival, and experienced the principle of “Doing good deeds is really simple”.

The four-staged wooden staircase made by volunteers features varying heights and steps, so that stroke patients can carry out treatment according to their conditions. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

“This is not an ordinary staircase, but an assisting device for stroke patients. Since it is a bit expensive, volunteers visited the General Hospital and replicated one in just three days. Although it is not as good as a brand new one, this replica is practical and of good quality...” Physical therapist Chua Siew Kuan praised volunteers for their teamwork and efficiency in bringing this good news for the stroke patients.

Dr Jason Pillay hopes he can invite more doctors to join the free clinic so that more patients can benefit from it. [Photograph by Quek Chou Kiong]

On November 29, 2015, Tzu Chi Tawau ran its first free clinic, aiding 356 residents from Kampung Titingan. With the participation of four doctors and a pharmacist, medical services on the day included blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring, medical consultation, medicine dispensing and head lice treatment.

A Paitan native, Sahara (right) happily had her decayed teeth removed and complimented the dentist’s painless-tooth-extraction skill, for she did not feel any discomfort in the process.  [Photograph by Tan Kim Hion]

Since Sahara, a native from Paitan village, Sandakan, had her decayed teeth extracted at Tzu Chi free clinic three years ago, she was no longer afraid of toothache. When she heard that Tzu Chi had arranged a free clinic again in Paitan, she came with her four daughters to have their decayed teeth extracted. The dentist’s painless extraction skill was highly praised and they even took a group picture with the dentist for remembrance.

Superintendent Kao Ruey Ho (right), representative of Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and Echo Chien (left), representative of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, signed a MoU on Transnational Medical Services. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

On August 31, 2015, which coincided with the 4-in-1 Cadre Camp, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Transnational Medical Services was signed between Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital and Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. Superintendent Kao Ruey Ho represented the hospital and Tzu Chi KL & Selangor was represented by its CEO, Echo Chien.

Despite his mobility problem, Zheng Ge Liang still seized the chance to donate blood to save lives. [Photograph by Tham Yok Seng]

“Today I encouraged my eldest daughter to donate her blood too. I hope that my future generations could also join blood donation drives and continue this act of kindness,” said Arumugam a/l Mokkayya, who had participated in several Tzu Chi’s blood donation drives.

TIMA held their second “Hospital Survival Course” at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Participants learnt about Tzu Chi’s medical humanistic values through interesting and lively sharing. [Photograph by Lee Wei Chiang]

Medical graduands will face the immediate problem of handling human relationships in the workplace. Thus, it is vital for them to guard their initial aspiration to save lives. Only with gratitude, respect and love in their hearts, can they demonstrate values of humanity in their relationship with patients.

During the workshop, medical professionals from TIMA shared with the audience about ways to maintain a positive mindset in dealing with stress. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

“I am so stressed, frustrated and tired! Why me?” is one of the unsettling thoughts that often disrupts one’s daily life. People face different challenges at different stages of life. By finding out the source of stress and learning to cope with it, one can then find balance and ignite one’s passion in life.

Villagers underwent the health screening to find out more about their health condition, and improve their health with proper medication from then on. [Photograph by Quek Chow Kiong]

Tzu Chi Tawau conducted their first health screening at Kampung Titingan to enable the low income villagers and the homeless to undergo free medical check-ups, which included blood pressure and glucose tests. Volunteers notified all concerned to make full use of this event a few days earlier; and, it is hoped that, through it, they would be more health conscious. This event was attended by 168 villagers.

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