In order to improve medical quality for the poor In Colombo, Sri Lanka, TIMA members from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines worked together to hold a three-day free clinic. At the free clinic, services from five medical departments were offered. The medical volunteers estimate that they've provided medical services to over 3000 local residents.
Tzu Chi volunteers overcame challenges to turn a classroom into a sterile operating room. Thanks to their efforts, many small surgeries were successfully carried out, alleviating the pain and suffering of the patients.
In solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers and staff from Taiwan, United States, France, and Spain arrived in Sierra Leone on September 16, 2017. The visiting team is in Sierra Leone to boost its ongoing hot meal program for flood survivors, assess long-term needs and submit report to Dharma Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi Taiwan to develop sustainable relief support for survivors. The Tzu Chi volunteers are very excited to be in Sierra Leone and happy to provide support to those in need.
In order to provide humanitarian action for refugees in Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation held monthly free medical clinic for them in Bangkok. In addition to medical services, volunteers also provided a venue for refugees to learn job skills. Many hope this training will improve the living condition of refugees and give them the opportunity to become self-sufficient.
To prepare for the monthly free clinic for refugees in Bangkok, Tzu Chi volunteers and TIMA members came in the early morning to decorate the venue.
In order provide humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in Jordan, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Jordan visit refugees and provide charity and medical care for them every month. Recently Tzu Chi volunteers bringing aid items for the 34 families. The refugees also received a medical visit from Dr. Hala every 15 days.
Chiou Hwa Chen, Director of Tzu Chi Chapter in Jordan, said that:「There is an importance on emotional support. They may look happy on the outside, but in their hearts, they are under a lot of stress, as they can’t return to their home in Syria.」
Bangkok is home to roughly 8,000 urban refugees and asylum seekers, primarily originating from Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. As a non-signatory of the 1951 Geneva convention and the 1967 protocol, Thailand, with strict anti-immigration laws and government checkpoints, has become a harsh environment for the refugees and asylum-seekers, as they relentlessly face fears of detention and have no means of supporting themselves through employment.
The West African Ebola outbreak that took the World by surprise may have been over, going on two years now, but those the virus infected and survived are still struggling with many health and socio-economic challenges. The disease may no longer be present in the region, but affected persons and communities are yet to get over the nightmare and move on with life. The World may no longer view Ebola as imminent threat to life, but those who lost their loved ones are still mourning and psychologically traumatized in the aftermath.
In order to provide medical care for Syrian refugees in Jordan, volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Jordan recently collaborated with Syrian doctors to help 7 refugee children with hernia surgery, 5 children with tonsillectomies and some adults with follow-up treatment after receiving corneal transplants. Most of the refugees received medical assistance at Akilah Hospital in Jordan's Amman.
Zimbabwe has been hit hard with a string of hardships. After months of drought last year, the rainy season residents prayed for ended up causing serious flooding that affected over 300 people. To offer assistance, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Zimbabwe from Harare headed to Zaka to help. They offered hot meals as well as rice and water purifying tablets for the residents.
Syrian civil war has been waging for over 5 years, with millions of people displaced abroad, and around 5.9 million refugees had to raise their next generation in foreign and unfamiliar land. Master Cheng Yen, the founder of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, was saddened by the man-made calamities, and urged Tzu Chi members to reach out and help regardless of religion, race and factions.
Since 2002, Tzu Chi volunteers in Jordan have regularly traveled to visit Zaatari camp to provide humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees and Bedouins. As Syrian’s neighbor country, Tzu Chi volunteers visit Zaatari camp every two months to provide aid supplies and needed medical assistance in addition to rice and nutritious food.
On December 7, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia, with the epicenter nearing Aceh’s Pidie Jaya Regency. Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Indonesia heads to quake area in Aceh, providing relief aid as well as conducting disaster assessment.
In Indonesia, Medan Tzu Chi volunteers rallied their troops and gathered their aid supplies to send help to quake torn Aceh's Pidie Jaya Regency, which was struck by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake on December 7. Volunteers mobilized immediately to conduct a preliminary survey to further understand the needs of the area.
In order to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees in Australia, since 2004, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Australia has held annual dental free clinics to safeguard refugees' oral health. This year, they expanded their services to the south of Brisbane, to a city called Logan and offered dental services to over 200 patients, marking the biggest free dental clinic to date. Thankfully other charity organizations such as the local Red Cross as well as the Queensland government lent their assistance, contributing to the event's success.
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The Tzu Chi Free Medical Clinic in Istanbul's Sultangazi City is the first such facility staffed by Syrian refugee doctors and nurses. The clinic is on property owned by the Turkish government and Tzu Chi provides a subsidy of between USD 500-1,500 each month to help Syrians look after their fellow countrymen. This allows Syrian medical staff to continue their important role of safeguarding Syria's refugee community.
Tzu Chi Free Clinic doctor - Kassab
In order to provide medical care for the survivors of floods in Myanmar, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation have continued to partner with local hospitals to hold free clinics for cataract sufferers throughout the country. Over the past 6 years, we have served some 5,000 patients helping them regain their vision. Following an earlier humanitarian relief of rice distribution in Taikkyi Township, the medical team traveled to this location to host a free clinic and performed cataract surgeries for about 100 seniors.
In order to provide humanitarian medical care for the refugees from Myanmar in Malaysia, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Malaysia recently organized a free health care to look after those Rohingya refugees.
As the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in a foreign land, they don't have access to medical care typically offered to most citizens, which puts them at quite a disadvantage since they need to bear high medical expenses.
In order to provide medical care for refugees in Thailand, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation cooperate with Banphaeo Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital to held a community medical outreach in Bangkok.
"Tzu Chi's free clinics have helped over 25,000 refugee patients. These people have had a difficult life. They are here without anyone to rely on. Because of this, we should offer them as much support as possible", Piyamitr Sritara, Ramathibodi Hospital superintendent said.
Tzu Chi’s humanitarian aid to the survivors after typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in Philippines) has lasted for almost 3 years from 2013 until now. Relief projects includes food distributions, cash for relief, housing projects, vocational training programs, rebuilding projects, environmental projects, medical services, volunteer training programs, etc. Though Tacloban city, the most damaged area in the typhoon, is far away form Manila, there is no distance too far that it cannot be reached to a loving heart.
After the emergency relief aid to the survivors of Typhoon Nepartak in Taiwan, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation continuously cooperates with Tzu Chi Hospital to provide free medical care for them.
In this March, 28 EU Member reached a consensus to make an agreement with Turkey on the refugee policy that the refugees hit the Greek illegally by sea will be repatriated to Turkey. It highlighted the problem of overburdened refugees. According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR data, Turkey currently has up to 2.73 million refugees and becomes the country receiving the most Syrian refugees. A long-term project to stabilize the life and peace of mind of the refugees has been urgent.