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MERCY Malaysia stands by flood victims in Bangladesh

Malaysia’s leading international aid agency, MERCY Malaysia has just completed its two week-long mission in Bangladesh to support the flood affected people of the country.

In coordination with the Dhaka Community Hospital, MERCY Malaysia has provided free basic medical check-up service, water purification tablets and basic medicines to 8,600 people in Sunamganj, Maowa and Sirajganj areas.

MERCY Malaysia and Dhaka Community Hospital had also coordinated their relief activities with the Department of Disaster Management under the Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief of the Government of Bangladesh. Recommendations were also taken from the Thana Health Officers in the process selecting the areas of their operation. In each of the areas, four medical camps were set-up; each family were given three water purification sachets which is enough to purify 30 litres of water. The areas visited were very remote in nature and no other NGOs were found to have been operating there.

The three member-team from MERCY Malaysia was led by its Senior Programme Officer, Middle East, Europe and North Africa, Muhammad Abdullah Abd Wahab Ishari; Dr. Soh Yih Harng, a Malaysian Government physician joined the team as Medical volunteer and Vivegannthan Rajangam, joined as volunteer for Logistics support.

With water and sanitation system broken and no access to proper hygiene and sanitation as well as no access to clean water as most of tube wells have gone under floodwater, the displaced community risk exposure to various water-borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea, respiratory infections, skin diseases, typhoid, eye infection, jaundice, fever and headaches were acute in these areas.

Observing the worsening flood situation in Bangladesh, MERCY Malaysia had recently announced a call for appeal under “Bangladesh Relief Fund”. Many expatriate Bangladeshis living in Malaysia responded to the call along with the Malaysian citizens. Axiata Group Berhad, the mother company of Robi Axiata Limited- the leading mobile phone operator in Bangladesh, donated 40,000 Malaysian Ringgit; while, Axiata’s subsidiary company, edotco Group donated 10,000 Malaysian Ringgit to the Bangladesh Relief Fund. edotco Bangladesh currently operates in Bangladesh as a telecom infrastructure based company.

MERCY Malaysia is an international non-profit organisation focusing on providing medical relief, sustainable health-related development and risk reduction activities for vulnerable communities, in both crisis and non-crisis situation.

Over the last decade, MERCY Malaysia has blossomed with teams sent to disaster-stricken zones and programmes rolled out in various countries and in different disasters. As a registered society under the Societies Act, MERCY Malaysia has over 500 members and is supported by approximately 7,000 registered volunteers to date. The organization was founded by Dr. Jemilah Mahmood, a Malaysian obstetrician-gynaecologist.