PETRONITA has embarked on a collaboration with the Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA) on a mental health first aid youth programme for secondary schools. The programme seeks to educate teachers on ways to tackle adolescents with mental health issues, whom in most cases are the first responders for students in schools. The pilot programme will involve 100 secondary school counsellors in Kuala Lumpur. It will be funded by PETRONITA and supported by the Kuala Lumpur Education Department. The first mental health first aid training session took place in January 2020, involving 25 teachers at the National Council of Welfare and Social Development Centre in Bandar Baru Sentul.
PETRONITA, an association of Wives and Women Staff of PETRONAS, is a charitable entity which has been continuously committed towards mental health and well-being. Last year, the organisation contributed RM164,000 from the proceeds of its charity programme “Orchid Run & Ride” to Mental Illness Awareness and Support Associations (MIASA).
The donations supported the establishment of MIASA’s new activity and crisis management centre in Petaling Jaya, also known as “The Orchid Clubhouse”. The centre was launched on 10th September 2020 to aid more patients and caregivers.
PETRONAS has been actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and welfare services programmes in Garraf Contract Area (GCA) since 2013.
These programmes are designed to provide equal access to basic needs, spur economic growth and improve the quality of life for the surrounding communities. They include infrastructure development, school refurbishments, uplifting healthcare facilities and the “Water for Life” Reverse Osmosis (RO) water sanitation facilities.
The “Water for Life” programme has reached tens of thousands in the Garraf Contract Area through three Reverse Osmosis (RO) water stations. In 2020, three more facilities have been completed and handed over to the community, and despite the present challenges, more facilities are expected to be completed in the near future.
Access to clean and potable water, allows the community to devote more of their time and energy for productive activities like education and the economy, to improve the quality of their lives.
Other initiatives include reliefs in the form of medical equipment such as cots, blood centrifuges and compressor nebulisers for the Al-Fajr Clinic in Al-Farj District, Thi-Qar province, Iraq.
In implementing these programmes, the Group through PETRONAS Carigali Iraq Holding B.V. (PCIHBV) has been working closely with various relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Oil, Thi Qar Oil Company, Provincial, Districts & Sub-district government authorities as well as community leaders.