A Better Prescription for Refugee Health in Malaysia

Klinik Amal Muhajir has a heart for refugees. These doctors make healthcare, which many refugees in Malaysia can’t afford, available and safe.

Have you ever run for your life? Fled to another country with nothing but the clothes on your back?

That journey might have taken weeks. Or months. Maybe even years. It would have been unspeakably hard. You might have nothing to your name — money, food, ID or anything at all — because your old life would be gone, possibly for good. You’d have to survive, and start again with zero. You’d be devastated. But you — like over 27 million others around the world — would have done it because it would be the only way to stay alive.

You would be a refugee.

Refugees in Malaysia

In 2022, there were more than 183,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 

Few—if any—services and subsidies available to residents are afforded to people with refugee status. As a result, many have an extremely difficult time with day-to-day life, as otherwise simple things can present major challenges.

Like going to the doctor.

Refugees in Malaysia have very limited access to healthcare. Treatment is frequently unaffordable, as without working rights, what income refugee families have is often meagre and barely enough for food and shelter. Additionally, navigating the local health system, finding a doctor who will treat them, being able to communicate in the local language, and getting transport to a clinic or hospital, are only some of the myriad other obstacles that refugees face.

Delivering health and hope

This is where Klinik Amal Muhajir (KAM) steps in. Founded in 2020, the clinic brings together a close-knit group of professionals, students and volunteers to give people who have lost everything, a better shot at life. It was one of the first clinics in the country to have translators for Middle Eastern languages, so that refugees from the region could communicate clearly with doctors, and access quality care for a range of health issues. It has made an immeasurable difference to thousands of lives.

Today, KAM serves over 9000 refugees. It is a safe place to seek treatment; refugees are treated with the respect and warmth that they rarely experience elsewhere. For those who have lost homes, loved ones, and the only lives they’ve known, KAM is so much more than a place to heal the body. It also heals the heart. Stories that come out of KAM are not just stories of better health; they are stories of a better future. 

About Klinik Amal Muhajir (KAM)

Klinik Amal Muhajir (KAM) was established in 2020. Their mission is to provide healthcare access, treatment, care, support, and medical education through a fully supported free clinic for the migrant population in Malaysia. In addition to primary medical services, they also run health education programmes to improve migrant health literacy, obstetrics for expecting mothers, hospital referrals and a range of laboratory tests to ensure quality diagnoses. Klinik Amal Muhajir is fully funded by donors, and focuses on long term healthcare outcomes for vulnerable migrant communities in Malaysia.


Executive Producer

Kimberly Gordon

Producer & Writer

Charlene Winfred

Director & Producer

Ibtisem Ben Nassib


Ismahan Bennassib

Camera & Editor

Sidney Chan


Hor Chee Yoong



Production Assistant

Saif Umemoto