Malaysia: Peek into a day spent with remote communities in Sabah
The teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Malaysia, and Malaysian Red Crescent Society in Sabah recently conducted health and hygiene activities at Kampung Tombongon. We bring you snapshots of the day.
- Our first stop of the day was Sekolah Rendah Kampung Tombongon (primary school) where we did a health and hygiene workshop for students aged 7 to 10 years. Over the years, the ICRC has helped to build the capacity of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society to conduct these workshops independently in various districts of Sabah.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC
- Timothy Jikula, a medical student who dedicates his free time to volunteering with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, led an activity where children were asked to point out the rights and wrongs of appropriate etiquette after using the washroom and before eating. As Kampung Tombongon is located in the remote interiors without quick access to clinics or hospitals, it is crucial that the children are equipped with knowledge of good personal hygiene to avoid certain illnesses.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC
- Next on the agenda was First-Aid Training Harmonisasi (FATH) for the community. FATH is different from the conventional first-aid training as it teaches participants how to perform first aid using both household and non-household items available on hand.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC
- Participants watched with rapt attention as volunteer David Kong Huat Min explained how to resuscitate someone in case of an emergency. During the workshop, participants were divided into smaller groups to ensure that facilitators and volunteers give individual attention to everyone.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC
- Community health volunteers (on the far right) play an integral part in all our activities with the community. They are usually people from the community who volunteer as the points of reference for other community members to get help in the period between the workshops.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC
- Simulations are one of the key activities done in these workshops. To keep it as real as possible, these are usually conducted unannounced and participants are required to put everything they have learnt to the test as they respond to the emergency. One of the participants, a nurse from a nearby clinic, had to be stopped from running back to the clinic to call for an ambulance, proving how realistic some of the simulations were.Jasnitha NAIR/ICRC