Real Medicine Foundation Stories of RMF Involvement Around the World http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/ 2017-11-13T07:24:46-08:00 Perú: Coming Together to Show Compassion http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/11/13/coming-together-to-bring-needed-aid/ 2017-11-13T07:24:46-08:00 2017-11-13T06:55:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd0f523f81205cb0192d4/m_photo/Con_sus_medicinas__Buenos_Aires__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br /></p> <blockquote> <p>“The purpose of human life is to serve, show compassion, and have the will to help others.” &#8211; Guido Pujalt Mancini, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú volunteer</p> </blockquote> <p>Our world has seen an onslaught of natural disasters in the recent past. In the course of two months, the US has experienced massive flooding from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We are still struggling to cope with the devastation of these storms, especially in rural areas of Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Starting in December of last year, Perú, with its extreme geography and limited resources, has faced <strong>six months</strong> of flooding and landslides, leaving <strong>107 dead</strong>, more than <strong>160,000 without homes or places to go</strong>, and <strong>1,000,000 affected</strong>. Many poor communities had built makeshift houses on mountainsides or in floodplains, and survivors were left with no homes to return to, a lack of food and clean water, and damaged infrastructure.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd10723f81205d7002c7e/m_photo/Barba_blanca_viviendas_y_sembrios_sepultados.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This month, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú wrapped up our flood relief project, after reaching more than <strong>10,000 people</strong> with free medical and psychological care, as well as distributing medicine and providing insect repellent, mosquito nets, warm blankets, hygiene kits, and drinking water in affected communities. RMF’s timely response was possible because of generous donors and a dedicated in-country team based at our clinic in San Clemente.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd0f623f81205d7002c7c/m_photo/Farmacia___San_Antonio__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Initially, <span class="caps">RMF</span> came to Perú in response to the August 2007 earthquake. Ten years later, we are still operating our successful clinic in San Clemente, the poorest district of Pisco, where we <strong>provide all basic health services for free</strong>. To promote co-responsibility and sustainability, <strong>the clinic requests a minimal fee for specialty services</strong>. Like many of RMF’s disaster relief projects, Policlínico Peruano Americano has developed into a successful longer-term project, as we always aim to stay until we make a sustainable impact, build capacity, and are not needed anymore.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Manuel Risco Gómez</em>, a patient who received care through RMF’s flood relief outreach northeast of Lima, he describes what life has been like and the impact that <span class="caps">RMF</span> has had on his health and his community.<br /> <br /></p> <h5>What was life like before the flooding started?</h5> <p><em>With family and at work, all was going well for us.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How did life change once the flooding began again?</h5> <p><em>It all changed, because of the flooding, my work stopped, we lost our possessions, and people in our district lost their lives and health.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What does <span class="caps">RMF</span> mean to you?</h5> <p><em>It is an entity that helps communities with free medical consultations and free medicine. May God bless you.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What has <span class="caps">RMF</span> empowered you to do?</h5> <p><em>I give thanks to God for sending people who helped us and our whole community improve our health.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Did you receive treatment/help from <span class="caps">RMF</span>?</h5> <p><em>Yes, I suffer from chronic asthma, and thanks to <span class="caps">RMF</span>, they helped me get stabilized after what happened because of the mudslides and the floods.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How have your interactions with <span class="caps">RMF</span> helped you?</h5> <p><em>With the consultations and treatments for my sickness. Thank you for your help.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What makes <span class="caps">RMF</span> different in the community?</h5> <p><em>I describe it as very good with the help and attention they give to our community, and we are ready to authorize a place for them so they can continue offering help to the community.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What are your hopes for the future?</h5> <p><em>I ask God that <span class="caps">RMF</span> can have a location in my district since <span class="caps">RMF</span> is a great help.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Is there anything else about your experience that you would like to share?</h5> <p><em>I ask the leadership of <span class="caps">RMF</span> to help us frequently, because in our community we need good doctors and support to improve our health. Thank you for helping my community. May God and the Virgin Mary bless all of you forever.</em><br /> <br /></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is striving to serve, show compassion, and help others by partnering with local people to bring <strong>long-term quality healthcare</strong> to those most in need. Guido Pujalt Mancini, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú volunteer, goes on to say about his work for <span class="caps">RMF</span>, “We try to make it to those places that are very far away, where help from the local government is not able to reach. Taking our campaign of free medical care, it is hard to cover all the needs found in each place. But, we make our best efforts to receive the greatest number of patients.” Our mission is to <strong>liberate human potential</strong> and to <strong>promote sustainability</strong> going forward.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd10623f81205cb0192f3/m_photo/Pacientes_en_espera.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> Lindsey Becker Mills info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/25/after-hurricane-maria/ 2017-10-25T14:10:33-07:00 2017-10-25T14:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>The destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria is still very evident on the island. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fbba40780846aa0252d8/ACAM8652.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Overlooking the town of Emajagua, where Hurricane Maria first made landfall. Some of the worst destruction is in the southern coastal region.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc3240780846b9007bc8/ACAM8663.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A basketball court’s roof destroyed by the storm in the town Emajagua</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc5f40780846920cad8d/ACAM8622.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>There are downed power lines and debris everywhere.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc0e40780846920cad4c/ACAM8635.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>An abandoned home, completely destroyed by 150 mph winds</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc8f40780846aa02530b/ACAM8669.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Life goes on in Maunabo after the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fcb940780846920cadce/ACAM8682.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Heavily damaged solar farm</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/20/puerto-rico-vega-baja-shelter/ 2017-10-20T10:52:23-07:00 2017-10-20T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>Makeshift shelters are crowded with families who have lost all that they own. With occupants ranging from 1 month to 103 years old, doctors attempt to make routine rounds to check on the people living there. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fa6540780814de203a0e/8443.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s team visits a second shelter, this one in Vega Baja, with 144 people. This man lost everything in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fa8740780814de203a22/8454.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>These are the children staying in the Vega Baja shelter.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0faae40780814de203a2a/8462.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fac640780814de203a44/8468.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fadf407808151100756f/8491.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This lady told us of carrying her small children out of chest-high floodwaters. She started crying, recounting the trauma to me. “I was terrified as an adult; I can’t imagine what it was like for them,” she told me.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0faf640780814de203a65/8496.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb1340780814de203a69/8502.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The kids in the shelter loved hamming it up for the camera.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb2a40780814e905b50e/8513.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Rodriguez tends to an elderly patient in the shelter. The age range in the shelter is 1 month to 103 years old.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb4b40780814de203aad/8531.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This is one of four families sleeping in a single converted classroom. Like many others, they have lost everything.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb6640780814e905b559/8544.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Clothes hang next to a completely destroyed basketball court. There is very little to do in this shelter, with no electricity, phone service, running water, or internet.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/19/puerto-rico-diagnostic-treatment-center/ 2017-10-19T10:49:12-07:00 2017-10-19T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>In addition to complete power loss, medical supply stockpiles are depleted. Medical providers are desperate for help. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f73e40780814de203420/8388.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A house crushed by a downed power line in Vega Baja. Destruction like this is everywhere in Puerto Rico.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f75940780814de20342b/8393.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Another tree that took out a power line</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f77840780814de203430/8403.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Entrance to Dr. Rodriguez’s clinic. The roof was torn off in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f7c140780814e905b45d/8420.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This is how medicine is functioning in most of Puerto Rico: no lights in a hot room. The light of a cell phone ensures the proper dose.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f7ed40780814e905b462/8430.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>We give medical staff a duffle of <span class="caps">RMF</span> supplies in a dark supply closet.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/18/puerto-rico-town-of-morovis/ 2017-10-18T10:29:59-07:00 2017-10-18T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Four weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, families are still living in shelters that have been set up in public schools. So many families have lost all that they own and have nowhere else to go. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f56e40780814de203213/8265.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Rodriguez, our contact in the town of Morovis. RMF’s Edwin knows him through family. He gladly shows us around.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f59340780814de203229/8304.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s team visits a shelter in Morovis. This woman kindly allows us to photograph her and her husband.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5b940780814e905b3d5/8310.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Her husband has no legs. They lost everything in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5da40780814de203329/8322.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>“Welcome.” A converted classroom becomes a de facto room for those who have lost their homes.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e78f5423f8125fcf01e8fb/8334.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A curious young boy plays with chains securing the door.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5ff40780814de203331/8339.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The boy’s mother, while telling us her story about losing their home and being out of work, rushes over to tend to her son.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f64840780814de20335b/8356.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Alvarado, OB-<span class="caps">GYN</span>. She has been working not only in her own office, but also in the emergency clinic around the clock. The clinic has no electricity.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f66340780814de203370/8357.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Alvarado’s office is about 90°F, with no ventilation. This is where she works all day with no light.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/16/puerto-rico-town-of-ciales/ 2017-10-16T08:34:07-07:00 2017-10-16T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>Much of the incoming aid has been concentrated in the capital of San Juan, which means rural towns and communities, like Ciales, are more vulnerable. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f37140780814de20304a/8158.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A monument high on a hilltop, overlooking the valley and town of Ciales (to the right)</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3a040780814de203061/8173.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Valley of Ciales</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3bd40780814de203083/8174.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A Puerto Rican Flag waves as a storm approaches in Ciales.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3de40780814e905b322/8178.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Hundreds line up for boxes of foodstuffs supplied by the Red Cross. Distribution was soon interrupted by heavy rain.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f40d40780814de203103/8195.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s Edwin Rodriguez graciously helps 2 women with their box.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f43140780814de203113/8212.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The rain comes down hard. A man sees me with my camera and invites me to take pictures of his destroyed home. He built this home only last year.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/14/puerto-rico-emergency-medical-center-vega-alta/ 2017-10-14T13:40:43-07:00 2017-10-14T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Emergency rooms like Dr. Arthur&#8217;s are using the few supplies they have to keep their doors open to those who desperately need medical services. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f27d40780814de202e0d/8080.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Exterior view of the second emergency room. There are large downed trees everywhere here. Fortunately, this one did not land on the building.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f1f640780814e905b26e/8038.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Arthur. He works at the second emergency clinic. He works 16-hour days, often seeing 7–8 patients in an hour.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f21540780814de202d88/8014.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Arthur shows us the bare cabinets and details the many medications and supplies they need.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f23440780814de202dbd/8069.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>He leads us through a dark part of the clinic. Since it is completely powered by generator, most of the clinic has no lights or AC.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f25040780814e905b273/8074.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Arthur has an intense but fatigued look. He leads us through areas of the hospital they cannot use because of lack of power and resources.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.</p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/13/puerto-rico-emergency-medical-center-dorado/ 2017-10-13T12:06:42-07:00 2017-10-13T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>With no electricity, the clinics and emergency rooms operate strictly on backup generator power. Medical providers like Dr. Acosta <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/10/us/puerto-rico-power-hospitals.html">are in urgent need of help</a>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e8e640780814de20213d/1518.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s team gathered 250 lb. of basic medications and supplies in Miami, en route to San Juan.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e89a40780814de2020f5/7962.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Acosta, our first contact in Dorado. He runs 2 emergency room clinics with his partner. Dorado is approximately 30 km outside of San Juan.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e8cf40780814de202126/7937.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Acosta gladly accepts a duffle full of <span class="caps">RMF</span> supplies. We were honored to meet this wonderful person.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e91e40780814de20215e/7957.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Acosta’s partner.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e9ba40780814de2022de/7938.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Gonzalez gives RMF’s team a rundown on the lengthy list of medications they need.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0e9de40780814de2022fb/7948.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Doctors Gonzales and Acosta with medical staff in Dorado and RMF’s Dr. Patrick Dupont (far right)</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.</p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/12/day-2-clean-water-crisis-in-puerto-rico/ 2017-10-14T13:58:15-07:00 2017-10-12T07:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>One of the main dangers caused by disasters like Hurricane Maria is the lack of access to clean water. As of October 2, almost two weeks after the storm, 55% of people were still without access to drinking water. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59df7a4f40780814de1e82a2/7902.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>US military personnel directing a water tanker pulling out of a well station</p> <p><img src="/assets/59df7a8e40780814de1e8379/7919.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Long lines forming to get water from a government-controlled well source</p> <p><img src="/assets/59df7ab040780814de1e8391/7925.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This Puerto Rican police officer (center), lives 2 hours away. His home has no power or running water, and he is working 16 hours a day. He is flanked by 2 <span class="caps">NYC</span> police officers who volunteered to come to PR. They work 12- to 15-hour shifts guarding the rare water source.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59df7ad840780814de1e83aa/8129.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>On our way to Ciales, we passed an area where residents were collecting runoff water.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59df7af940780814de1e83d5/8136.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>These children are collecting runoff water, which is extremely dangerous. This shows how desperate people are for water.<br /> <br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.<br /> <br /> <br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org After Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/10/10/day-1-life-in-san-juan/ 2017-10-13T15:47:54-07:00 2017-10-10T19:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>As our friends and neighbors in Puerto Rico struggle to find food, water, shelter, and basic medical care after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. This is the first in a series of daily posts from our team on the ground. To learn more about RMF&#8217;s proposed program, read more on <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd801e23f81218100e9582/1524.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Outside the Ritz Carlton, San Juan. There are no working traffic signals in any part of the island, according to people we talked to. Our team is seeing 4-way stops everywhere, some with traffic cops, most without.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd75b640780814de1c4d1d/1561.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Military C-130 Hercules landing in San Juan. There are many military aircraft in the skies.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd75d940780814de1c4d22/1565.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Caved-in building along the highway</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd760540780814de1c4d36/1572.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Saturday night in San Juan is busy, and this is part of the street life along the main strip.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd762540780814de1c4d42/1584.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>6- to 8-foot-high piles of hurricane debris throughout San Juan</p> <p><img src="/assets/59dd766440780814de1c4d87/1589.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Full moon in the clouds, next to one of the few hotels with power in San Juan</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.</p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Serbia: One Refugee’s Story http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/09/18/serbia-one-refugees-story/ 2017-09-21T06:14:04-07:00 2017-09-18T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h5>Background</h5> <p>According to the latest available data, the overall number of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Serbia is estimated to be around 7,600. Most of them are sheltered in 18 heated government facilities. Many are children (47%) and women (16%), with 37% being adult males.</p> <blockquote> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia has recognized and anticipated that border closures across Europe will increase the number of refugees who will require medical help and psychosocial support, and we commenced this work in early March 2016. Since then, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia has examined and helped over 14,000 refugees, escorting them to secondary and tertiary care facilities and providing necessary treatment and health care in the field.</p> </blockquote> <p>The majority of refugees and migrants are arriving in very poor medical condition from long periods of walking, and some of them are being beaten by the Hungarian, Croatian, and Bulgarian police on the borders. A number of those cases require multiple hospital visits, overnight stays, and ongoing monitoring. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia’s work is focused on providing referral services to secondary and tertiary care and advocating for refugee patient rights, but also in resolving medical problems at RMF’s mobile medical clinic in the Obrenovac refugee camp (30 km from Belgrade) that don&#8217;t involve hospital visits.</strong> <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia continues to identify and provide emergency triage to extremely vulnerable individuals in the field. <br /> <br /></p> <h5>Nick M. Khan<br /> <br /></h5> <p><img src="/assets/59c049a623f8123dd008ab5d/IMAG2646.jpeg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <br /></p> <p><strong>Nick was born 28 years ago in Jalalabad,</strong> in eastern Afghanistan, a city located 150 km (95 miles) from Kabul, the capital city. His birthplace is a significant center of Pashtun culture, which is considered to be an important part of the identity of Afghanistan. Nick used to be a farmer back in his country. <strong>He fled from Afghanistan 17 months ago due to political turmoil, leaving his wife and three children.</strong> Before reaching Serbia, he traveled through Iran, Turkey, and Bulgaria. He has been residing in Serbia for 9 months, together with many his compatriots, who have been trying to cross borders into surrounding EU countries.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59c049a723f8123ddc015016/IMAG2647.jpeg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>At the end of April 2017, Nick was playing cricket, a very popular sport in Afghanistan, with his friends in the Belgrade city center. While playing cricket, Nick had fallen on the ground, breaking his right radial bone and suffering a contusion in the elbow area. He was taken to the emergency department and his right arm was immobilized and a gypsum plaster cast was applied. In the following days, Nick felt a strong pain in the area of fracture. His right arm was getting swollen, and the plaster was removed. <strong>His condition was deteriorating, and he was taken by RMF’s medical outreach teams to the hospitals on multiple occasions for consultations with an orthopedic surgeon.</strong> No doubt, the infection has developed and was progressing fast.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> insisted on decisive and a quick response.</strong> Oral antibiotic therapy was started, and daily dressing of the arm was performed. Nevertheless, Nick was feeling dizzy (his blood pressure was low), he was breathing heavily, he had a spiking fever, and <span class="caps">RMF</span> medical officers diagnosed him with septic shock. He was immediately taken to the hospital by RMF’s medical outreach team and was admitted to the Clinic for Orthopedics at the Clinical Center of Serbia, Department of Sepsis. Nick’s final diagnosis was necrotizing fasciitis, commonly known as flesh-eating disease. He stayed in the hospital for month and a half, where he underwent two surgeries in order to remove dead tissue. He barely avoided amputation of the right arm and is now recovering well.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59c049a323f8123dd008ab5a/IMG_20170817_WA0006.jpeg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <br /></p> <p>Since being discharged from the hospital, Nick regularly comes to RMF’s mobile medical clinic in Obrenovac for further treatment and rehabilitation of his arm; he still needs to regain motor function of the arm. <strong>Thanks to Nick’s strength and <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia’s team effort, his right arm and life were saved.</strong></p> Dr. Jovana Milic info@realmedicinefoundation.org Young Heart Patient Recovering from Successful Surgery, Uganda http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/08/24/young-heart-patient-recovering-from-successful-surgery-uganda/ 2017-08-25T06:18:27-07:00 2017-08-24T06:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59a021114078086b3301d481/Patricia_after_heart_operation.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda would like to thank you for all your kind support to our young heart patient, Patricia Biira. Today, August 24, 2017, she has been discharged from the Uganda Heart Institute after her successful surgery on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. <strong>The surgeons have assured us that Patricia is in a stable condition and she will gradually heal from the post-surgery pain. Patricia has started standing and walking on her own, and she can smile and laugh.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/59a021554078086b3f003d6a/Paticia_and_her_parents_at_RMF_office_Kampala.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Patricia was born with holes in her heart, which prevented her from growing and developing normally. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a primary school teacher. Before receiving help from Real Medicine Foundation, they sold everything they had, including a piece of land, to preserve Patricia’s life, but even that was not enough to pay for services at the Uganda Heart Institute. <strong>When <span class="caps">RMF</span> learned about Patricia’s situation in 2016, we agreed to cover expenses for her treatment at the Uganda Heart Institute. With treatment, Patricia has gradually improved, and thanks to RMF’s support, she underwent heart surgery on August 16, 2017 as a durable solution to her illness.</strong></p> <p><strong>Patricia’s parents are thankful to <span class="caps">RMF</span> beyond what words can express, and <span class="caps">RMF</span> is grateful to the Uganda Heart Institute for every special consideration they offered to our young patient. We also thank our donors, whose support made Patricia’s treatment and surgery possible.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/59a0218023f81207e201e10f/RMF_Team_with_patricia_and_parants_at_RMF_in_Kampala.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Patricia is now 3 years and 4 months old, and after recovering from the surgery, she will join school. <strong>It is our goal to support Patricia’s education so that she is empowered to contribute to the wellbeing of others when she grows up. Please contact <span class="caps">RMF</span> to donate towards Patricia’s education and medical check-ups, which still require funding.</strong> Patricia’s next check-up will be on September 21, 2017. We wish her a quick recovery.</p> Alphonse Mwanamwolho info@realmedicinefoundation.org Happy 12th Birthday to Real Medicine Foundation http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/08/18/its-our-12th-birthday/ 2017-10-10T19:24:58-07:00 2017-08-18T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59c6877123f81218100199d9/12thbirthday_marqueev4.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <br /></p> <p><a href="h/about-us/martinas-story/">In early 2005, Dr. Martina Fuchs traveled to Sri Lanka</a> to provide support to those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was this first trip that inspired Martina to start our organization.</p> <p><strong>Today, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is active in 18 countries, across 5 continents, working to reach over 16 million people.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dWCH3WVzmqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Young Heart Patient to Receive Surgery, Uganda http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/08/14/young-heart-patient-to-receive-surgery-uganda/ 2017-08-17T11:40:48-07:00 2017-08-14T06:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59959956407808649f024cb0/IMG_5677.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>Patricia Biira</strong> is a 3-year-old girl from the village of Kitholhu in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. She was born with holes in her heart, which prevented her from growing and developing normally. <strong>Before receiving help from Real Medicine Foundation, Patricia’s parents struggled with her illness to the extent of selling their only piece of land, but even that was not enough to access treatment for their daughter at the Uganda Heart Institute.</strong> Patricia’s parents became depressed as they watched their child struggle. In 2016, they desperately requested RMF’s support, which was granted. Patricia was enrolled for care at the Uganda Heart Institute under the sponsorship of <span class="caps">RMF</span>. Since 2016, when she started receiving care, Patricia has been improving gradually. She has grown and begun to talk, walk, feed herself, and play with peers.</p> <p>Today, August 14, 2017, cardiologists at the Uganda Heart Institute have decided to operate on Patricia’s heart as a durable solution to her illness. <strong>Patricia has been admitted, and she will undergo surgery on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. <span class="caps">RMF</span> will cover the full cost of Patricia’s operation.</strong></p> <p>Please keep Patricia and her family in your thoughts as she undergoes surgery, and consider donating to support her treatment. We are thankful for your kind support!</p> <p><img src="/assets/5995995a23f81212b9025adb/IMG_5671.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> Alphonse Mwanamwolho info@realmedicinefoundation.org Case Study: Durga’s Smile http://realmedicinefoundation.org/blog/archives/2017/08/04/case-study-durgas-smile/ 2017-08-17T10:54:55-07:00 2017-08-04T07:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5995d86723f81212b9027f41/DSC04096.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><strong>Durga</strong> is a 9-month-old girl from the village of Sajwani, which is situated in the Barwani block of Barwani district, Madhya Pradesh. The population of Sajwani is 3,880 (per the 2011 census). Most people living in the village are of the Sirvi or Meghwal castes and the Bhil or Bhilala tribes.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation is committed to eradicating malnutrition within the communities of Barwani block.</strong> Our local workers, called CNEs (Community Nutrition Educators), regularly visit villages, following a community need-based monthly route. While traveling her route, each <span class="caps">CNE</span> meets with community members to discuss health, hygiene practices, and nutrition, as well as participating in community meetings to raise awareness of health issues in the village. She also meets with an Anganwadi worker at the Anganwadi center, and together they visit village families who have a malnourished child, screening the child using <span class="caps">MUAC</span> (mid-upper arm circumference) tape. With an illustrated <span class="caps">IYCF</span> (infant and young child feeding) flip book, CNEs also counsel the families about malnutrition, immunization, how to prepare nutritious foods, how to access services at Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers and the Anganwadi center, and more.</p> <p>During her visit to the village of Sajwani on September 19, 2016, <span class="caps">RMF</span> <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita Dawar met 9-month-old Durga and found that she was weak, with a <span class="caps">MUAC</span> measurement of 11.02 cm. <strong>This showed that Durga had severe acute malnutrition (<span class="caps">SAM</span>).</strong> When <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita asked Durga’s family about her medical history, Durga’s mother explained:</p> <blockquote> <p>I’m educated, but still I haven’t taken care of my child Durga. She was born in hospital and her weight was 2.5 kg at the time of birth, but she was not given exclusive breast fed at the birth time. An <span class="caps">ANM</span> suggested to me I started to feed her my milk. We lived in joint family and we need to obey the orders of elders in joint family. They not allowed us to feed complementary food to Durga after 6 months. They told if we feed after 6 months, Durga would be sick. They suggested start feeding after 9 months and we started feed her after 9 months.</p> </blockquote> <p><img src="/assets/5984825a40780822fb00d0df/DSC04145__1_.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><strong>After hearing Durga’s background, <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita understood the reasons why the young girl was suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (<span class="caps">SAM</span>). <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita was then able to counsel Durga’s family about the causes, symptoms, and long-term effects of malnutrition, as well as the treatment of <span class="caps">SAM</span>.</strong> She recommended that Durga be taken to a Nutrition Rehabilitation Center, where she would be admitted for 15 to 21 days with her mother and receive a proper diet and treatment under the supervision of trained staff like doctors and feeding demonstrators. <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita further explained that staff at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center ensure timely follow-ups of a child’s health and feeding status, and if necessary, a doctor will refer the child to the hospital. Additionally, feeding demonstrators provide fresh food every 2 hours during the child’s stay; the child is fed 8 to 10 times a day. The Nutrition Rehabilitation Center even provides food for the mother and reimburses her Rs. 120 per day after four follow-up appointments have been completed for the child.</p> <p>Despite <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita’s detailed explanation, the family still refused to admit Durga to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center. <strong>Thus, <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita decided to treat Durga at home. She advised Durga’s mother to feed the child nutritious foods four times a day and be sure to wash her hands and use clean utensils while feeding Durga.</strong> <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita further explained, “You can give her food and fruits in small pieces, pulse, rice, bread. You also feed her supplementary nutrition packets provided by Anganwadi center. The government is providing two packets in a week to <span class="caps">SAM</span> children.” After their discussion, <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita asked the mother to bring food for Durga and showed her how to feed the young child. Now Durga started to eat. Salita asked Durga’s mother to follow her instructions to make her daughter healthier, and she agreed.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5984825923f8122a9d00d05d/DSC06551__1_.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Salita continued her regular follow-ups with the family whenever she went to the village of Sajwani, and she counseled Durga’s mother about health, nutrition, and hygiene practices. On October 24, 2016, <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita screened Durga again, and found that her <span class="caps">MUAC</span> had improved to 11.6 cm. Now Durga was in the category of <span class="caps">MAM</span> (moderate acute malnutrition); she had improved, but still had a long way to go. Salita continued her regular follow-ups and counseling of Durga’s mother, and the mother continued to follow Salita’s advice.</p> <p><strong>After three months of identification and regular follow-ups, Durga regained a normal weight and nutritional status. On December 23, 2016, her <span class="caps">MUAC</span> was at 13 cm. Durga’s mother thanked <span class="caps">CNE</span> Salita and asked to meet regularly with her when she visits the village of Sajwani. Now Durga is healthy, and she and her mother are happy.</strong></p> Rakesh Dhole info@realmedicinefoundation.org