On April 29th, we went to start the data collecting from 100 respondents in Petamburan Area as the second step in this program. We would be helping each household with their needs and also each respondent will probably take about 25-30 minutes to answer one set of questionnaire. This is a good opportunity for us to go to the community and have an in-depth discussion with them. During the data collection, the SPH students will be accompanied by YCAB coop’s Field Officers and documented by Leica Group. We would be building a relationship with them and through the data we collected there will be a medical program for their health needs. They would need to trust us so we would have to engage in their lifestyle.
During the questionnaire, the homes were near the train tracks and it was scary when the train came. The ground would shake really loudly and it was an incredibly dangerous living condition to live in that area. It was sad to see that their homes are really small and they didn’t have a lot of rooms. Their floors and walls were made of really thin materials that weren’t from good quality. They also have to share bathrooms because they don’t have a toilet inside their homes. When we asked them about their health conditions they also dealt with a lot of issues, and it’s sad that they don’t have enough money and resources to cure the diseases completely. On top of their bad living conditions, they also have to deal with poor sanitation and numerous of pollution. Even though it gets tiring to ask people the same questions on repeat for more than five times, it’s nice to know that our questionnaire was able to help their living conditions, to improve it and also to help YCAB.