Around 65 per cent of the patients we treated in mobile clinics for refugee communities in 2017 were unregistered refugees, mainly Rohingya.
Our teams provide medical screenings and outpatient consultations in government shelters for victims of human trafficking. We’re setting up a primary healthcare clinic in a Penang neighbourhood where migrants from many countries have settled, and have developed a strong network with fishermen communities and local authorities in Langkawi, a known migrant disembarkation site.
UNHCR continues to restrict asylum claims by ethnic groups from Myanmar (90 per cent of asylum seekers in Malaysia). A limited number of NGOs, including MSF, can refer asylum claims to the refugee agency based on a set of additional vulnerability criteria. In 2017, we made 439 such referrals, 31 per cent of the total received by the agency nationwide.