ARMED with empathy and compassion, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) launched its international humanitarian mission to Bangladesh, known as the Bangladesh Relief and Care Expedition (BRACE) 2018.
Millions were displaced in the floods and landslides that devastated India, Nepal and Bangladesh last year.
This is the sixth international mission CUCMS has organised.
The objective of the programme, the university said, is to extend a helping hand to the people in Dhaka who had been severely affected by the floods.
“As global citizens, we must cross barriers and help people who are in need of our support,” said BRACE 2018 advisor Assoc Prof Mohamad Saidy Ismail.
“Our approach is slightly different for this mission, whereby we will focus on post-traumatic treatment and family healthcare.
“It will help the victims to regain their confidence to continue with their lives,” he added.
The mission will be organised by the Twenties for Smileys, a humanitarian project under the university’s Student Council.
A group of 43 students and staff from various majors including medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy and psychology, will be flown to Bangladesh to carry out the mission from July 14 to 20.
As a medical student, it was always Ameer Ikhwan Azminuddin’s dream to participate in humanitarian missions to assist those in need.
“We have a long-term project in the pipeline to assist the local community in the long run,” said the BRACE 2018 project director.
The students surveyed and researched on the needs of the local community to help them in the progress of their long-term project, which will be done in collaboration with a Dhaka based non-governmental organisation.
Mobile clinics, medical checks, health screenings, educational programmes, installations of tube wells to provide clean water, allocation of food kits, hygiene kits, flood protection kits and stationery kits for the local community, are among the activities lined up for BRACE 2018.
Also present were CUCMS Faculty of Medicine dean Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Zin Bidin and Student Affairs & Alumni deputy president Prof Dr Abdul Latiff Mohamed.