What do you think when you see these pictures??
Down syndrome- they don't choose to be like this and it is not a transmitted disease!!
leprosy- it can be cured(if get early treatment),the picture on the right is after the treatment.
obesity-there are many reasons on why they become like this
mental illness and starvation-a boy that was locked in his house and doesn't get proper treatment.
dwarfism-they don't choose to be small, regardless their size,they are like normal people too
You might think of avoiding them...staring at them because they don't look normal or worse tease them.
DOn't you think it is inappopriate?? Aren't they human being too like us??
These people have stigmatized illness who usually gets stigma from the society.
What is stigma? Stigma is a negative impression or prejudism on a certain group of people who have stigmatized illness(eg: mental illness, skin diseases, HIV,Down syndrome).
They tends to get stigmatized and neglected by the society.
Moreover, they receives less social support. In addition to their own problem, they can get depress because of less support. Not many employeers want to employ them. Since they don't have income, the can't afford the medicine or treatment they need.
Due to their limitation, they need special public facilities or consideration that we tends to neglect.
Some of them may not have support by their own family members. The health care system also do have stigma on them.Sadly, some health care workers too doesn't understand their condition and have stigma on them
What we can do???
First, UNDERSTAND their condition and erase the myth you know about them
Next, ACCEPT them as who they are.Let them live with us without feeling inferior
Then, CHANGE and let others change wih you by educating them to UNDERSTAND & ACCEPT
To learn more about STIGMA and STIGMATIZED illness...you are invited to attend this forum under Hari KEsihatan Sedunia 2009.The theme this year is STIGMATIZED illness-To Understand, Accept & Change organized by AMSA UKM in conjunction with PERSIAP,PPK & JAKSA.As one of the high committee members, I'll be glad if many people willing to join us.
Title: ''Penyakit Stigma, Masyarakat boleh berubah''
Prof Fuad Ismail- Jabatan Onkologi, PPUKM
Prof Madya Dr. Ruzanna Zamzam-Jab. Psikiatri, PPUKM
Dr Azmi Mohd Tamil-Jab. Kebajikan Masyarakat, PPUKM
Where?? Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, PPUKM
When?? 18/07/2009(Saturday) from 2.00pm till 5.00pm
Fee?? FREE of charge
Contact person:Siti Juliana 017 370 2023, Noradila Salmi 017 953 9608
Publics can also join the blood donation, medical check-up and mini exhibition.
When?? 17-18/07/2009(friday and saturday) from 10.00am till 5.00pm
Hopefully our small effort will make the difference..by making people aware of the stigmatized illness.Hopefully many people will change and make world better place to live.
Poster of HAri kesihatan Dunia 2009-Peringkat PPUKM
P/s: Stigmatized illness patients can be pretty and live happily like them...so, CHANGE to make the world a better place for them to live.
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