MRC HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
In line with our strategic aims, the Malaysian Red Crescent carries out programmes that promote home safety, wellness and social inclusion. To sustain our ongoing efforts and proactively meet the needs of the communities we serve, we are constantly innovating and seeking out new partnerships that will improve access and coordination of our community health offerings.
One of the initiatives by MRC is to work in close collaboration with Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN) by providing food and shelter to the homeless and underprivileged. YKN comes under the purview of the Ministry Of Woman, Family and Community Development and it operates ‘Anjung Singgah’. Most of them are either drug addicts, with various types of diseases or are just out of prison and looking for a new lease of life. During the perion of stay, we offer them counselling and motivational talks. This is provided to ensure that they make that change from poor habits and are able to integrate back into society.
‘Anjung Singgah’ is basically a dormitory with 76 beds separated into two sections for male and female. Since its set up in 2011, the center has helped close to 1,700 people and 55 percent of them are back with their families and hold stable jobs. MRC works closely and supports the centre by providing medical aid assistance, three meals a day consantly monitors the wellbeing of the centre residents. This three-way collaboration is a great success story.
Yayasan Kebajikan Negara
When YKN was established in 1982, the Government department it most closely resembled in terms of function was the Social Welfare Department, or Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM). At the time, both JKM and YKN existed under the Ministry of Welfare Services, which has since become the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. Through the years, JKM has remained the department most directly linked to YKN.