Ever since we were launched, MAKNA donors have always been a pillar that enables MAKNA to assist those who are less fortunate in dealing with cancer treatments and other related costs. In this edition of our People of MAKNA series, our staff, Amylia, shares her experience processing cancer patients’ applications, which are mostly from the B40 group. This group has shown a significant increase in number of applications since the MCO started.
Going through a difficult time in life, particularly in facing the challenge of a chronic illness, is not easy for those who are less fortunate. Working in MAKNA since 2013 has given me multiple experiences, lessons and learning opportunities.
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION THROUGH JKSP – MAKNA
The experience I gained while working under Bursary has matured my way of handling patient cases. As generally known, most applications that we received are from applicants in the PLI (Poverty Line Index) category, asnaf groups who are diagnosed with critical illness, plus the loss of strength and ability to look after and provide for themselves and their families. There were also some applications for infants.One of the stories that affected me was when a patient’s application was being processed, the patient passed away and didn’t get to go through the scheduled surgery because of their critical condition. I have also received a case where the patient was diagnosed at Stage 1, but the cancer worsened to Stage 4 because the patient could not afford to go to the hospital for treatment. Especially for patients from rural areas, the treatment and transportation costs become a huge burden for them. Apart from that, there are also patients who continuously need oxygen therapy for the rest of their lives.
MCE PROGRAM (HOME STAY)
The MCE program, especially Home Stay, taught me to be grateful and tolerant. The 3 days 2 nights experience at the home humbled me when I saw their hardship and tried to understand the problems they were facing. Most patients who stay at the home are from rural areas who face difficulties whenever they need to go to the hospital because they live in mountainous areas with minimum utilities and incomplete facilities. MAKNA staff’s visits are always welcomed though they live with much less. There are also cancer patients who are bedridden, weak and could only depend on long-term financial aid for treatment as well as subsistence from others.
I have also made home visits to patients before. As a MAKNA staff, we are required to visit patients to see their conditions for ourselves and understand the issues they face as cancer patients. There are patients who live in old, dilapidated wooden houses where the floors are brittle and worn through. It’s undeniable that the life’s adversities and the chronic illness, which incurs additional treatment and transportation costs, burden their whole family. Emotional support and the help to find the best solutions for their problems need to be offered.
I am very grateful to be working in MAKNA and helping the less fortunate cancer patients in easing their application process. I won’t forget my time in MAKNA because I’m sure I won’t be able to experience it elsewhere. MAKNA is also very keen in giving emotional support and taking care of its patients and staff’s welfare.
Thank you MAKNA, for giving me the chance to continue serving in this meaningful organization. May Allah SWT bless this whole organization. Aamiin yarabbalalaamiin!
Amylia Mustapha,Executive (Bursary)