YOUR December peace mail from India
I am Dr Nadarajah and I am from the Jaffna district in Sri Lanka.
In 1990 I was studying at the Jaffna Medical Faculty. At that time, war erupted and my community was very affected. My university closed and I was unable to continue my studies. Most of the students had to leave the country to continue their education and because of this I also moved to India.
When I arrived in India I was staying in a refugee camp in Tamil Nadu. At that time, an OfERR (Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation) medical volunteer visited the camp and they asked if I would join the medical unit. So, in 1991 I joined the OfERR medical unit and I have been working with them ever since.
Earlier my work involved supervising health workers and conducting training classes for them. I also conducted medical camps and screening days in the refugee camps. Now, we are visiting every refugee camp in each district on a monthly rotational basis and seeing patients.
When we do a screening day we normally plan to do specific screenings. For example, we screen for cardiac disease or kidney disease. These screenings are very helpful because we can easily do early identifications of chronic problems. When we screen and identify a problem early, it is easy to treat. This reduces the disease burden and financial burden for the patient. If we find an issue in the late stage, it will become a very problematic and complicated situation. Therefore it’s very helpful to the people.
As well as screening days, the OfERR medical unit also do home visits and provide support for pregnant mothers.
Since I did not take the final exams I returned to Sri Lanka in 2003 to complete my medical degree. When the final war erupted in Sri Lanka I returned to India in 2008 to continue to serve among my own country people and I am happy with this opportunity to serve them to maintain their health. I am very happy that I can practice my medical profession here among the refugees.
I want to thank the Australian people who have been supporting OfERR’s work through NCCA and Act of Peace for so many years.
We are very thankful for the help from Australia and because of this help we can achieve so much.
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Thanks to your support, the health program run by Act for Peace’s local partner OfERR (Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation) has been providing health support to Sri Lankans in refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, India for over 30 years.
OfERR trains healthcare workers to screen and treat refugees, provides financial assistance for patients requiring urgent hospital care, and delivers a wide range of health education sessions across the camps to help prevent further illness. The program places a special focus on the most vulnerable groups, including children and pregnant women, as well as special assistance to people living with a disability.
Your support is making a difference!
$130 can provide medicine for 10 refugees with chronic illness.
• For the escalating spread of COVID-19 to stop in India and Sri Lanka.
• For the OfERR medical unit, so they can continue to support refugees.
• For continued support and resources for OfERR in India and Sri Lanka so they can continue their important work.
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