Health is the most important aspect of life for all human beings that we must to take care of and treat this better. But sometimes, a person has difficulty in getting access to healthcare because of their physical limitations, which can reduce his ability to obtain information or being independent. Each person has the same right in obtaining access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering hardship. This things also applies to the deaf and it can be achieved if all of medical workforce such as doctors have the ability to communicate with their deaf patients using BISINDO. As a part of Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) and Standing Committee on Medical Education (SCOME), we have our responsibility to held a community development regarding to our focus area. We collaborate together to improve medical student’s communication especially towards Deaf that are included in vulnerable people groups.
The fourth intervention of Surpassing Barriers with Sign Language (SIGNAL) contains 3 main agendas. First, we held a talk show with material about “How and The Importance of Building A Relationship Between Deaf Patients and Doctors”. The speaker for this talk show is a doctor who is a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga. Secondly, we conduct training on conversation in taking anamnesis which is specifically aimed at deaf patients, taught by Deaf Facilitators from The Unspoken Ministry (TUM). The topic for this training is “Anamnesis”. Lastly, we had a roleplay session with the deaf facilitators with a doctor-Deaf patients scenario to roleplay with. The intervention was successfully done and attended by Airlangga University Medical Faculty students from 3 different years ranging from 2019 to 2021 with a total of 35 members as a community.
Vulnerable people may not be a majority of the people but they strive to live independently. We as a human being are obliged to give our best to fulfill the inclusive world that they try to live in. Hopefully with this project we can give both sides (medical workforce and the Deaf) a better communication experience in the future.