First free clinic for refugee women in Kuala Lumpur

More than 300 women lined up to see doctors on the opening weekend of a UNHCR-funded center for refugee women in Kuala Lumpur.

Volunteers turning up at dawn on Sunday to run the half-day clinic – organized by the UN refugee agency with funding from the private Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) and the IS Puvan OBGYN Foundation – were amazed to see dozens of women waiting for the medics.

One volunteer said, “We were taken aback. We’d never seen this before at any of our other clinics. It was only 6.00am and at least 50 refugee women were already there.”

30 percent of the 37,000 UNHCR-registered refugees in and asylum seekers Kuala Lumpur are women.