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A sign language team comprising TIMA members, medical volunteers, members of Tzu Chi Cancer Support Group and their family members together with members of Tzu Chi Stroke Support group went on stage to perform on “Gratitude, Respect and Love”. [Photograph by Ch’ng Kooi Tick]

Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) KL & Selangor recently held the third “need-to-know” course for hospital service with the theme “Humanity and Professionalism in Medical Health Care”. Total number of attendees was 374 and for the first time, many Muslims attended too.

Tzu Chi volunteers, students and villagers lined up to unload the supplies from truck to the distribution area; many hands make light work. [Photograph by Hsieh Hsiu Hua]

About 220 km away from Sandakan, Sabah, lies a few villages along the Lingkabau River that are inhabited by the natives most of whom are Muslims. Poverty is widespread and endemic with boat rides as the main means of transportation. Life is truly hard here, having to face challenges alternating between floods and droughts. The villagers are mostly farmers, palm oil fruit harvesters or odd job workers where they work one to two days a week for a meagre RM30 daily wage. Due to their inconsistent income, they procrastinate when seeking medical help as they could not even afford the boat fare to town, let alone the medical treatment to the detriment of their health.

A total of 12 stroke patients and 15 family members gathered at Taman Tasik Permaisuri for the fresh air, therapy exercises and singing as arranged by Tzu Chi volunteers. [Photograph by Lim Kar Guan]

Even though we are stroke patients, we still like to enjoy nature and fresh air, the sight of fountain water jetting in the air, rustling of leaves in the trees and clear blue sky. “Not to worry, we’ll walk with you!” Those words gave us much confidence to carry on walking with the crutches. With you as company, no matter how difficult it may be, we will keep trying to move forward, step by step.

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.

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