Malaysia Lautu Chin Refugee Community

Overview

The Myanmar Chin (Lautu) Refuges Community Christian Fellowship started on June 2004 with the mission of to help Chin (Lautu) refuges community (about 1000 population) social welfare. In Malaysia, it is reported (2009) to have more than 20,000 Chin refugees residing amongst us to escape political suppression, forced labour, religious persecution, sexual violence and other forms of human rights violence.

There is limited healthcare service/check-up for this community and they usually get one off healthcare service at nearby GP clinic with own expenses. UNHCR has negotiated with the government to let recognised refugees to seek medical care in public hospital and pay up to 50% of the foreigner, which is still expensive.

Most of the Chin refugees’ men are working in construction sites and the women in restaurants. According to discussions and feedback during previous visit (Lautu Education Centre, an existing IMU care project) with community leaders and teachers, we have been informed that there is high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (especially low back pain) in this community due to occupation hazards and poor health education knowledge.

This community organisation is performing collaborative social counselling to drug abuse and HIV refuges people with Immanuel Charity home which located at Imbi and Batu Arang shelter.

 

Activities conducted so far:

 


Objectives

Kids

  • To explore and identify musculoskeletal disorders in the community.
  • To deliver chiropractic service to the community with chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
  • To instil a commitment to social services in their community.
  • To encourage wellness and holistic care, most importantly, disease prevention to the community through education.

Target Audience

  • Refugee community

Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leader below.

Project Leader: Dr Janice Chan Vey Lian
Email: janicechan@imu.edu.my
Community Partners: Malaysia Lautu Chin Refugee Community
External Partners: Alliance of Chin Refugees (ACR), No. 50, 3rd Floor, Bangunan Tan Kim Onm, Jalan Sungai Besi, 57100 Kuala Lumpur

 

Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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