Real Medicine Foundation is committed to new projects which demonstrate a real need in the area and serve to strengthen existing health system structures without building parallel ones. When RMF’s CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs visited Turkana during a drought in September 2009, she realized that RMF’s work in setting up health clinics for the drought victims would not suffice – many of the more seriously ill patients needed in-patient hospital care or care requiring the use of major equipment which can only be found at a referral hospital.
Lwala is a village of approximately 1,500 people near Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Within an hour’s walk, approximately 3,000 additional people live in nearby villages accessible by dirt roads. The majority of the area’s residents are subsistence farmers. Poor physical infrastructure, including impassable roads during the rainy season, lack of electricity and lack of reliable drinking water, have helped to create a critical healthcare challenge in Lwala.
Since the mid 1980’s, heroin has been available in the towns along the Kenyan coast. The impact of heroin and other drug use has had dramatic consequences for the local communities in the form of increased HIV transmission through unsafe sex and shared needles, increased crime to support drug habits, and a growing number of people facing illness, imprisonment, and death.
The September 7th NY Times article by Jeffrey Gettleman, which highlighted the life threatening impact of the drought in Northern Kenya, called to action Real Medicine Foundation to coordinate a supply chain for water and food aid and medical support to the region. The following week, enroute to Juba Southern Sudan, I met with World Vision’s Associate Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Nairobi, Ms. Jacqueline Rioba, Food Aid Manager Mr. Rotuno Kipsang and Finance Manager Moses Munui to coordinate aid to the Turkana region. Dr.
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LIBERATING HUMAN POTENTIAL
Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas, focusing on the person as a whole by providing medical/physical, emotional, social, and economic support.
We provide immediate disaster and crisis relief where there is need.
We save lives and restore a foundation of dignity amidst devastation and extreme poverty.
We listen, learn, and support the long term whole health of communities most in need, and commit to projects where we will make lasting change.
We believe in the human ability to transform — that the people in developing and disaster stricken areas are most capable of creating solutions to their unique challenges.
We employ, train and educate locals, producing innovative solutions and strong communities that sustain and grow health care capacity, enlisting cutting edge technology and modern best practices.
We ignite the potential of the people we are supporting — turning aid into empowerment and victims into leaders.
Our goals are always to save lives, and liberate the creative capacity of the communities we help.