In 2011, BRAINetwork established the First Mile Project in collaboration with Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli. It empowers the indigenous community through FIVE self-directed, inclusive and participatory brain-based projects:
Water for Wellness
Improving the water supply to indigenous communities through a sustainable self-directed, community-based project
Sports for Success
The first ever Orang Asal Archery team competed at National Level in UPM on 5 June 2013)
Playlab for Progress
A community oriented brain-based programme for preschool children organised and coordinated by indigenous youth of the community)
Computers for the Community
A community oriented brain-based internet centre organised and coordinated by indigenous youth of the community through volunteerism
Services for Survival
This component is in its early stages and the aim is to set up a wilderness wellness centre involved in conservation and immediate health care of the indigenous community.
Services for Survival : What is this project about?
This component of the First Mile Project is a Wilderness First Responder Training programme for the Orang Asal. This programme is carried out in close cooperation with the Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medical Sciences and the Malaysian Association of Emergency Medicine. The first phase was a workshop for the Orang Asal, which took place at the Department of Emergency Medicine from 27th to 29th January 2014 ( take a look at the gallery for more photos of the workshop ).
What are the objectives of the Services for Survival project?
This project provides a collaborative community-based model that empowers and transforms indigenous youth into safe and professionally trained wilderness first responders who will eventually be responsible for immediate care of persons traversing the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex at Pulau Banding prior to their evacuation to the nearest healthcare centre.
Indigenous youth will be educated on issues related to conservation and safety. They will be provided with the necessary equipment for safety and medical risk management. They will be trained to become proactive wilderness first responders who can deal with many emergency situations that may arise in the wilderness.
How will this be achieved?
To achieve this, this project provides a wilderness first responder training course which focuses on:
- Assessing a situation, improvise using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the best way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment.
- Developing the habit of systematically thinking through and documenting their assessment decisions and strategies.
- Constructing an emergency
first responder kit using indigenous medication and tools in combination with established methods.
- Living harmoniously with the wildlife of the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex at Pulau Banding.
- Establishing a First Responder Call Station in the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex at Pulau Banding.
Conclusion: Where do we go from here?
This is a project that will be carried out with the cooperation and involvement of the entire indigenous community of RPS, Air Banun. It serves to provide emergency care within the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex at Pulau Banding, which will be provided by trained Wilderness First Responders from the RPS Air Banun Community.
The Services for Survival project is still in its early stages. The team is still undergoing training. The next workshop will be carried out soon within the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex at Pulau Banding.
BRAINetwork would like to thank Dr Shaik Farid Abdull Wahab and his team from the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Malaysian Association of Emergency Medicine for their hard work and dedication in making a success of this project. They were a very enthusiastic team and we look forward to their continued cooperation which is instrumental in ensuring the continuity and sustainability of this project.