2 months ago
On December 2018, I was #onassignment together with FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) to go to several health clinics and diagnostic lab around Klang Valley namely Selayang, Jinjang, Setapak and Jalan Pahang to give a mini training about process of new diagnostic for Hepatitis C and HIV. The team consist of me as their documentary photographer and videographer & Xiao Hui from Malaysia’s side, Jeremy O’Brien and Ryan from Geneva.
It was an eye opener for me to observe and to experiences from medical practitioner point of view in treating and diagnose patient that are affected with Hepatitis C and HIV. This type of disease commonly affect drug users by sharing of needles out on the street. Ryan have also told me that some of the current medicine given out by hospital may lead to temporary delusional, schizophrenia and unstableness. Doctors are more often than not are advised to treat and handle their patient that come to their door with care and caution as some can become very unpredictable. The team from Geneva was very impressed and surprised on how impressive Malaysia’s health clinic is. They even said that Malaysia’s health clinics have one of the best facilities and have the potential of becoming mini hospital. They compared other health clinics in Southeast Asian region that some look very small and are lack of basic facilities. —
FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) is an international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, sleeping sickness, hepatitis C, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Buruli ulcer, febrile illnesses and infectious diseases with outbreak potential, such as Ebola.
FIND acts as a bridge between experts in technology development, policy and clinical care, reducing barriers to innovation and effective implementation of diagnostic solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
Photo by Fadza Ishak for FIND/Geneva
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