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Qatar Charity (QC) and the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) continue coordination to carry on implementing the projects of the $50mn grant by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani the Amir of Qatar for Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.

The grant projects cover three main areas: health, education and economic empowerment.

The work started in the health sector in October 2019, as agreements have been signed with the Malaysian National Welfare Foundation, an agency under the women, family, and community development minister, and three civil society institutions of proven competence in the medical field have been selected to carry out several projects within the medical area. The budget allocated for the health program is estimated at 14.7 million dollars over three years.

The health activities include six major programs, which are setting up five comprehensive primary health centers, operating four mobile clinics to cover the same peripheral areas inhabited by refugees, adopting the health awareness and education program for Rohingya refugees, providing necessary vaccinations for children, establishing medical shelters to receive patients who need special followup, and Patient Referral Program to provide appropriate medical care.

The Qatari initiative works on the improvement of the refugee situation in Malaysia, especially as the official figures of United Nations confirm the presence of more than 178,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia.

The initiative aims to increase the percentage of refugees having access to primary health care services. The assessment of the health, social and economic situation of refugees from Myanmar in Malaysia has been carried through conducting a quick survey targeting all those involved in offering health services for refugees in Malaysia such as the Malaysian Ministry of Health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Malaysian NGOs.

Source: Qatarfund