The SAGA Health Access Programme (SHAPE) was introduced by SAGA to provide financial assistance to underprivileged patients from Sabah's rural areas who have to travel great distances from their homes to seek medical support for critical ailments at government-run healthcare facilities in Sandakan. The programme awards cash incentive to qualified beneficiaries for every hospital appointment that they attend in Sandakan. The incentive will help to cover the high cost of travelling and other logistic expenses related to the hospital trip.

The project beneficiaries must be Malaysian citizens from low household income (earning less than RM2,000/ month). SHAPE partners

To ensure transparency in the transfer of funds to our beneficiaries, we work closely in partnership with the Social Work Department at the Duchess of Kent Sandakan in evaluating the eligibility of applicants, which is in line with the family income guidelines under the Poverty Line Income (PGK).

Partners includes:
  • Sabah State Government
  • Sabah AIDS Awareness Group Association (SAGA)
  • Malaysian AIDS Council
  • Duchess of Kent Hospital, Sandakan
  • Sandakan Health Clinic
  • The Sabah Welfare Department
  • Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MAGiC)