BRINGING MEDICAL RELIEF TO COMMUNITIES EVERYWHERE
In times of natural disaster and conflict, communities the world over count on medical relief organisations like MERCY Malaysia to lessen their duress. Their volunteers can be found in the thick of the action, providing medical and humanitarian aid to disaster-stricken communities and those in conflict and non-crisis situations, irrespective of race, religion, culture or boundary. Founded in 1999, MERCY Malaysia today has hundreds of active volunteers comprising medical professionals from all specialties, allied health professionals, technical experts, as well as non-medical background volunteers, who are deployed on missions within Malaysia and abroad. To date, MERCY Malaysia’s volunteers have worked in more than 19 countries while they continue to serve the indigenous, marginalised and disaster-affected communities in Malaysia via healthcare and disaster preparedness programmes.
For the year 2013, MERCY Malaysia focused its efforts on sustainable health-related development and risk reduction projects, carrying out more than 20 such programmes throughout the organisation’s bases locally and internationally. MERCY Malaysia also continued its sustainable support to crisis-affected communities in neighbouring countries while developing its presence and undertaking humanitarian action in countries where it is already well established. The last quarter of the year, however, saw MERCY Malaysia responding to two large crises, one in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, and the other in East Coast of Malaysia following severe floods. Teams also responded to crises in Syria, in Zamboanga and North of Cotabato City in the Philippines, as well as the Bohol earthquake in Central Visayas, the Philippines.
MERCY Malaysia will continue to be actively involved in providing emergency assistance and deliver medical and humanitarian aid to vulnerable communities and affected population internationally. This will be driven through MERCY’s approach of Total Disaster Risk Management (TDRM) which applies disaster risk management to all the phases of the disaster management cycle – emergency response, recovery, prevention/mitigation and preparedness/readiness.