Unfortunately, there are situations which cause people to cross into other countries. They are also unable to return home safely due to various reasons. In fact, refugees tend to lack access to necessary resources such as work and medicine. Thankfully, we now have the QFFD humanitarian clinic in Ampang to treat refugees in Malaysia.
The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) Humanitarian Clinic is officially open in Ampang as of the 19th of December. It is meant to offer medical care as well as assistance to all refugees living in Kuala Lumpur.
Behind the clinic is the Qatar Charity (QC) and Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN). Furthermore, there will be three leading medical relief NGO’s that will be in charge. These include Mercy Malaysia, Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMARET), and Malaysian Relief Agency (MRA), with support from the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
This is the first ever kind of clinic that aims to provide treatment for refugees in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, QFFD provides services such as outpatient treatment, vaccinations, and health education programmes.
Moreover, it will enable them to transfer to their third country for resettlement. Either that or they will return to their own country after any conflict is over. This is due to the fact that Malaysia does not recognise the refugee status. As such, refugees must move on to a new place.
Furthermore, there will also be less burden on the Malaysian healthcare system. Refugees will be able to seek their treatment elsewhere which frees up our healthcare system.
Currently there are over 180,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in Kuala Lumpur. As such, QFFD aims to open four more clinics in areas with high refugee and migrant populations. In addition, there will also be four mobile clinics.