We have reached out to villagers in Sukau and Mantatani since 2010 providing basic health screenings, dental check-ups and ENT examination. This fifth joint medical mission has extended healthcare services to about 190 villagers from Kiau. Additionally, the volunteers also organised the Reading Bus programme to encourage children to learn English and gave away toothbrushes to create awareness on the importance of oral care. 

LOCALS REACH FOR HEALTHCARE

The Need

Health is wealth, so they say. For many of the villagers at Kg. Kiau, distance and transportation are access barriers to basic healthcare services. Joseph Gimbu, the Village Chief of Kiau Nuluh said they will have to travel about 73 kilometers to the nearest hospital to get dental treatment. This was burdensome for some especially the frail elderly and families with small children having to travel such long distances.  

Our Involvement

BEST Society together with Skycommunity, State Health Department, Borneo Eco Tours and Camp Lemaing went on a medical outreach on 21 March 2015. The group of 43 volunteers comprised of experts from various specialties: medical doctors, nurses, dentists, nutritionist, paediatrician, pharmacist and general volunteers.

The Impact

We have reached out to villagers in Sukau and Mantatani since 2010 providing basic health screenings, dental check-ups and ENT examination. This fifth joint medical mission has extended healthcare services to about 190 villagers from Kiau. Additionally, the volunteers also organised the Reading Bus programme to encourage children to learn English and gave away toothbrushes to create awareness on the importance of oral care. 

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