You come back home tired after a long day of slaving away and before having dinner, you open your favorite social media app. You make a promise of only 5 minutes on this app, despite knowing that you are about to spend an hour on it. Amid the scarce posts by your friends, you are bombarded by advertisements from KFC and McDonalds showcasing their new mouthwatering dishes and models who seem like their last meal was a salad and they must have eaten that about a year ago. Depressed, you may try to seek solace with the newspaper only to shown news of suicide, accidents and that Malaysia has once again topped Asia’s Obesity ranking. Unbeknownst to us, all of these has been setting us down an unhealthy path, one that appears to have no bright light at the end of the tunnel. We can wait for miraculous savior come and safe us from the destruction ahead but we would end up waiting forever. The change we need must come from ourselves to stop us from continuing down this. The best weapon to combat this and one that we must holster is knowledge about the best ways to maintain a healthy life. The Taylor’s School of Medicine was locked and loaded to dispense these literal life-saving knowledge to the children at SOLS.
Like all great battles, all should not walk into this one without armed with crucial information that would help strategize forward. For this very reason, medical students from Taylor’s School of Medicine came on the 3rd of August to help gather the necessary information for a proper health intervention. When they arrived at SOLS 24/7 in Segambut, they brought along a highly comprehensive survey about the 6 crucial issues that they were investigating: Healthy Eating, Road Safety, Sexual Health, Mental Health, Self-Esteem, and Consumption of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug. This survey was promised to be anonymous and will be used for a Health Intervention two weeks later. As with all surveys of this nature, this was filled with several medical jargon that may be difficult for the children to understand. As such the future doctors sat with the Orang Asli children and ensured that they fully understood the questions and were able to answer the questions to the best of their ability. This also provided the medical students with ample interaction with the children to help foster a friendly relationship between the students and the children. At about 3 p.m. the students left SOLS carrying with them the precious data which hopefully could change lives for the better.
In the two weeks between the survey and the health interventions, the students at Taylor’s School of Medicine analyzed the survey and understood that a planned attack will serve the community that a blind attack. They had prepared their intervention not only focused on preventative measures but also focused on corrective measures to ensure that their event on the 17th of August would not isolate any individual and be able to impact everyone at SOLS. The students prepared brief information sessions where they could pass along information that the survey revealed were lacking in the community. Passing down the information will only be half of the story and the other half was to ensure that the children understood the information and were able to remember the knowledge given to them. As such the students came up with creative games that would help engage the children with the content that not only kept them interested but help soak the knowledge in a fun away.
At 9:00 a.m. on the 17th, the students arrived in Segambut again full of hope and eager to help the children at SOL live a healthy life. They began with an energizing session of some quick exercising, skipping rope and Zumba. The children at SOLS at also learnt about contraception, food portioning, harms of tobacco and who to reach out if they have any mental health issues. As the students left at 2 p.m., they left with precious memories that they can cherish forever and the children were given the necessary knowledge to start leading a healthy lifestyle.
Written by Sacchidanandan, Group Communications & CSR department Intern