Renee was an Access to Healthcare (A2H) intern at PathFinders. She is in her 3rd year of a degree in Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Thank you Renee for working with the team and for all your hard work!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS INTERNSHIP?
The internship provided a unique opportunity for me to have a deeper understanding of the other side of Hong Kong society. Foreign domestic helpers are an important part of Hong Kong but ironically they are also often a neglected part of society. Many of them are unlawfully dismissed by their employers once they are pregnant. Before the internship, I never imagined there were so many domestic helpers struggling so hard while they were pregnant in Hong Kong. This made me reflect on our attitude towards foreign domestic helpers. We should respect everyone and their choices. We should support and cheer for them and not judge them.
WHAT ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN?
Being an intern on the Access to Healthcare team, I was actively involved in various services and had a lot of chances to have direct contact with clients. I accompanied clients to different medical appointments such as hospital visits for pre-natal check ups and ultrasound scans. I realised the importance of PathFinders’ services as without PathFinders, many of our clients would not be able to get any medical support, not even basic pre-natal and post-natal checks. I also helped in the PathFinders Healthcare Centre, where we provide basic checks for clients that are not eligible to any public healthcare services.
HAVING INTERNED WITH PATHFINDERS, WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY IN TERMS OF HEALTHCARE NEEDS DO YOU HOPE FOR?
I do hope to see more healthcare support from the government for various minorities group in Hong Kong. Some of the foreign domestic helpers whose contracts are unlawfully terminated are not eligible for public healthcare services in Hong Kong. The government could consider cooperating with various NGOs in Hong Kong to provide basic healthcare services so as to bridge the gap between public healthcare services and this at times isolated group. No one should be denied healthcare services as it is one of the basic needs of humans.
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