Last year, the world watched, as India, our neighbouring country, struggled to battle the rage of the Covid-19 pandemic. Months later, the effect of this pandemic hit closer to home.
As the fourth wave of Covid-19 hit Malaysia, our strained healthcare system was gasping for air.
Despite best efforts to combat this surge, with nearly 17,000 new cases daily at that time, and deaths recorded on the rise, our hospitals and frontliners were grasping at straws.
With a vicious daily influx of infected people, Malaysian hospitals throughout the nation were running out of time. Healthcare facilities and supplies were running low.
Our Intensive Care Units were in dangerously short supply of crucial equipment and necessities such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators and tanks, beds, and medication. To make matters worse, healthcare workers were at the end of their ropes – overworked, exhausted, stressed, isolated.
It is true that they took the oath as medical practitioners, one to be held sacred till their last day of service, “treat the sick to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy, teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation.”
Fully accepting the responsibility of treating the ill to the best of their abilities, with a system on the brink of collapsing, our medical frontliners turned to ask how can they uphold this oath taken? They could not fight this battle alone and we simply could not expect them to.
Responding To the Need
Since last year, BAC Education, under its social good arm, Uplift, has been introducing initiatives to help Malaysians and vulnerable communities get through challenging times.
Volunteer teams, collaborative partners and sponsors have been working tirelessly to see this through.
In response to this urgent need for medical supplies and equipment, BAC Education launched CovidFund.my in August 2021, which aimed to provide immediate emergency respite for our hospitals and frontliners.
CovidFund.my is an initiative dedicated to mobilising crucial aid to government hospitals and frontliners who were working tirelessly. The goal was to raise RM1 million.
Funds were raised to purchase and deliver the needed medical equipment, hygiene supplies, along with other Covid-related medical material required by the government.
The aim was to not see another human turned away when seeking medical help, and the hope for medical care to be accessible to all, regardless of privilege and financial ability.
Who We Have Helped
CovidFund has thus far donated medical equipment and supplies to medical facilities in
- Selangor (HTAR Klang, Hospital Ampang, Hospital Serdang, Hospital Selayang & Hospital Kajang),
- Kuala Lumpur (GHKL),
- Pahang (Hospital Sultan Haji Shah, Temerloh),
- Perak (Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh),
- Kedah (Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim, Sungai Petani), and
- Sabah (Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Sabah, Hospital Ranau, Klinik Kesihatan Menggatal & Klinik Kesihatan Tamparuli).
The Race Against Time
To date, slightly more than RM427,656 has been raised. Malaysians in general are a generous lot, and they have been helping us heed the call for help, helping us accomplish this goal and ease the pressure on our frontliners and hospitals.
They have helped ease the pain and suffering of children and families who do not have access to vital medication and supplies.
From the time the pandemic first hit, we have seen, heard, and read inspiring and heart-warming stories about how fellow Malaysians have come together during these grim times, to help and uplift one another.
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