Students Extending A Helping Hand To The Victims Of Nepal Earthquake
CUCMS’ Humanitarian Mission PEACE NEPAL 2017
Sepang, 11th July 2017 – A total of 37 students of medicine, pharmacy, and allied health sciences from Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences will be joining PEACE Nepal 2017 – Post-Earthquake Community Embrace, Nepal 2017, in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 13 to 18 July 2017. This mission in Nepal is organized under the twenties for Smileys (TFS), a humanitarian project under the Student Council of the University. As the name goes, TFS comprises of youths aged 20 and above with a mission to spread cheer and help the unfortunate. This year, TFS has chosen a village affected by an earthquake which occurred in 2015 at Kathmandu as their next mission target.
The participants of PEACE Nepal 2017 will be carrying out relief activities which include mobile clinics; medical checkup and health screening to those affected by the earthquake; education programmes, installations of solar panels for generating electricity which will be utilised for water supply distribution; allocation of family kits to 150 families consisting of daily necessities; distribution of winter kits for 300 families that consist of necessary equipment for the coming winter.
This mission is directed by Ahmad Muizuddin bin Amir Malik, a second-year student of MBBS of CUCMS. Five advising lecturers and two CUCMS’ staff are also involved in the mission, namely Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Ikram, a medical disaster specialist and anesthetist; Dr Hazian binti Hamzah, specialist in family medicine; Ahmad Rashidi bin Mohamed Tahir, pharmacy lecturer; Associate Professor Mohamad Saidy Ismail, a management lecturer; Su Natasha Mohamad, biomedical engineering technology lecturer, and two officials from the Student Affair Department, Nurul Shazlin Fadzil and Mohd Khairul Fatha. Two CUSMS’ professors of psychology, Professor Dr. Rosnah Ismail and Professor Datin Dr. Noran Fauziah Yaakub will be joining the mission to carry out a special research on “Post-traumatic Growth and Resilient in Traumatic Loss for Survivors of Nepal Earthquake Disaster”.
PEACE Nepal 2017 is the 5th international mission organized by the students of CUCMS which began with the Cambodia mission in 2013, Vietnam in 2014, Pekan Baru, Indonesia in 2015; and Vientiane, Laos last year. Engaging in volunteerism and humanitarian programmes are an essential part of CUCMS’ educational philosophy in producing holistic professionals and healthcare providers with quality attributes of leadership, competency, entrepreneurship, and resistance. For this purpose, the students of CUCMS have been encouraged to organize various humanitarian mission within the country and internationally.
For PEACE Nepal 2017, an amount of RM150, 000 worth of donations have been collected by the students through fundraising events for the past 6 months. CUCMS students have been trained to balance out their time and potentials wisely to make this humanitarian mission successful without ignoring their academic responsibilities. CUCMS believes that this type of education and training will produce graduates and medical and health science professional which are competent and balanced physically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally, thus in line with the mission of CUCMS.
The peak event in this mission is a medical checkup service which will benefit around 200 villagers. For that reason, TFS has collaborated with a few local NGO of Nepal such as Islamic Medical Association (IMAN), Human Development Academy (HUDA) and Health Services and Relief Association (HESRA). These organizations will help in identifying the target that will be receiving various types of aid. Tribhuvan University, Nepal, will also be sending 20 students as translators during the medical checkup. Other than that, Nick Simons Institute (NSI) which provides medical training in rural areas will also be sending its senior representative Dr. Kassim to the ground during PEACE 2017.
Participants also receive guidance from volunteers of MyCare Malaysia, which is among the earliest NGOs to arrive in Nepal during the earthquake in 2015. In fact, MyCare will also send two of its activist to Nepal for this mission. We hope the bond between students and these established NGOs will strengthen and continue to make this humanitarian and volunteerism programmes successful.
TFS CUCMS hopes that the fate of victims of an earthquake will not be forgotten by the world and this humanitarian mission will be done continuously in the future because they still need help. Anyone interested in contributing to this mission may donate to Twenties for Smileys Maybank Account (162441199878). For any inquiries, please contact the advisor of PEACE Nepal 2017, Ass. Prof. Mohamad Saidy at +60199583702.
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