MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Teddy Mobile Clinic offers food, medical care for poor, homeless patients

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The “Teddy Mobile Clinic”, led by 35-year-old doctor MadhusudhanShanmugam, provides food, medical care and even teddy bears to poor and homeless patients in the heart of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The medics treat poor and homeless residents of the capital once a week at tables and chairs on the pavement near an ornate, century-old mosque.

In an interview, Madhusudhan said the reason he decided to set up the clinic two years ago in the showcase capital is because people are forced to seek free medical treatment due to the high cost of living in the city.

Madhusudhan said he hit on the idea of giving the teddies away as it made treating children easier.

He runs the clinic every Wednesday night. A team of doctors, pharmacists and other volunteers treat up to 40 people and distribute basic groceries like rice, biscuits and sugar, which are supplied by donors.

Madhusudhan said the patients suffer from illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, skin diseases and Parkinson’s disease.

He said in future his team hoped to upgrade the clinic by getting a van emblazoned with a teddy bear logo that would cruise around offering treatment.


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