Single Mothers Project 2013

The catalyst for this project stemmed from reading a research paper on single mothers in Malaysia. It was from reading about this that the Rotary Club of Kelana Jaya decided it would investigate a little further. When we set to identify single mothers and promote the project we discovered there are approximately more than a 1000 single mothers registered in the state of Negeri Sembilan more than we initially expected.

The Social Care Foundation and the Rotary Club of Kelana Jaya, Selangor got together to work with the Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association (NSFPA) on a project for single mothers. It was decided the main objective of the project should be to raise awareness on the importance of detecting early ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.

Pelvic Ultrasound scanning and Pap Smears were conducted by a team of specialist doctors who volunteered their time at the NSFPA Clinic. The project will run for two months to allow the single mothers time to visit the clinic. NSFPA is based in Seremban in the state of Negeri Sembilan approximately 45 minutes from the capital Kuala Lumpur. A few of the single mothers lived more remotely in a place called Ampangan, the NSFPA clinic has a car and they picked up 5 mothers who where unable to get to the clinic.

A list was obtained from the state and 140 women were treated for the following at a cost of RM100 (USD33).
Pelvic Ultrasound Scan
Pap Smear
Resting ECG – to detect early signs of heart problems.
Two months supply of calcium pills (300mg, 60 tablets)
Two months supply of folic acid pills (5mg, 60 tablets)
The single mothers were also taught to examine themselves for breast lumps.

The venues for the project were
Negeri Sembilan Family Planning Association Clinic and the Youth Friendly Centre in Seremban.
The project was commended for being innovative as many health projects only focus on basic check up for blood screening and cholestral. We only managed to treat a very small percentage of the single mother population and this is partly due to funds available. However we would be more than glad to hear from anyone who would be interested in supporting our efforts for this project.

Special thanks to the following involved who helped with this project.
Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Founder and Chairman of the Social Care Foundation.
All the specialist consultants and doctors who carried out the tests.
All the trained nurses and staff of the NSFPA
Welfare Department
Single Mothers Association
NSFPA Executive Committee Members and Sub Committee Members
All clinical volunteers of NSFPA.