(International Day of Peace)
SCORP CIMSA UI
On every 21st of September, we celebrate International Day of Peace. It is the day where we recognize and celebrate the efforts of the people who have worked hard to end all conflicts in the world and to promote peace.
And this year, SCORP CIMSA UI got the amazing opportunity to collaborate with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) through the event ‘International Day of Peace; SCORP Peduli Refugee’.
According to the 1951 Convention on Refugee Status, a refugee is “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” UNHCR, together with its partners promote the protection by protecting the rights, maintaining the condition of the refugees, as well as coordinating programs to help ensure the basic needs of the refugees are fulfilled while they are waiting for the best long term solution for their problem.
‘SCORP Peduli Refugee’ was held on Tuesday, 12th November 2019 at Refugee Shelter, Jakarta with some refugees from Afghanistan and Somalia. Before the event, on 29 October 2019, the members had a training from the UNHCR about the refugees. The members also had a training with one of our trainers, Christopher Christian, about Internally Displaced Person or IDP.
On the D-Day, we organized a health seminar covering Tuberculosis. This theme was chosen based on UNHCR’s assessment that says the prevalence of TB in refugees is still high. The health seminar was given by dr. Gatut, SpP from Rumah Sakit Universitas Indonesia (RSUI).
After the seminar, we did a focus group discussion. In this FGD we demonstrated WHO’s 6 steps of handwashing, as one of the most important ways to keep our hygiene and prevent transmission of disease including TB. Here we had a lot of fun chatting and laughing with the refugees!
We hope our little action can help alleviate the burden from the hardships they have to endure. Now, this event is over, but our care for refugees still has to be better. We hope that this event can enhance our members’ awareness of peace and promote the elimination of tuberculosis prevalence in the refugees.
What can we do to help refugees? First, we can help them adapt to the new culture they are exposed to. We can also support them to get better education, health, and other needs. The third thing we can do is give donations and raise awareness of our local communities.