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Q&A | DR MARTINA FUCHS ON DELIVERING HOLISTIC HUMANITARIAN RELIEF WITH RMF
JULY 28, 2016

“In 2005 Dr Martina Fuchs, founder and CEO at Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), took her pediatric skills to Sri Lanka to assist in the relief efforts of the catastrophic 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami. What began as a one-person humanitarian response to deliver medical assistance quickly evolved into a broader reconceptualisation of humanitarian work in post-disaster settings. In this interview Evelyn and Martina discuss RMF’s unique approach, including the ways...

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“The ramifications of the latest outbreak of fighting for South Sudan’s already-traumatized population have been significant. Bingo speaks of markets and shops being looted and of only two weeks’ worth of food being left in the capital. Countries including India and Uganda have begun mass evacuations of their citizens from Juba, with the latter bringing some 38,000 people back to the country in Ugandan military convoys. On the other hand, the United States has sent troops to South Sudan to protect its interests and assist with the removal of its staff from the country.” – Conor Gaffey.

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Fleeing War is no Crime.

This morning hundreds of refugees began a hunger strike, refusing the humanitarian aid distributed daily in Belgrade, and then commenced a march by foot to Hungary in the hope of crossing the border.

They are calling for their voices to be heard among other requests, such as the fear of deportation, or mistreatment by authorities. Recently a number of policy changes were made, including increasing readmission to Serbia from Hungary, a new Hungarian policy to arrest any refugee within 8km of the anti-migrant fence separating Serbia from Hungary, whilst mobilizing military, monitoring from helicopters, drone...

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“Nairobi, 15 July 2016 (UNHCR) – The population of South Sudanese refugees in the region could pass the 1 million mark this year if cross-border displacement trends continue, according to Ann Encontre, Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation.

Launching the revised appeal of USD 701 million in Nairobi today, Encontre expressed concerns about the likelihood of fresh outflows of refugees in the wake of the recent military crisis in Juba and the dearth of funding for South Sudanese refugees.

“We have received 17% of the initial...

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The response system continues to transport new arrivals to reception centres from where they are allocated plots in settlements. Of yesterday’s arrivals in Elegu, by yesterday evening some 550 were transferred to reception centres. Capacity is being strengthened at Elegu to ensure that life-saving

services, including medical screening and distribution of high energy biscuits, is able to meet the needs of new arrivals while they await their transfer.

Pagirinya settlement in Adjumani, capable of hosting 12,500 individuals, will have reached its maximum absorption capacity within two days. Agojo (Adjumani district, with an anticipated capacity of around 20,000) and Yumbe (Yumbe...
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In light of more armed conflict in South Sudan, UNHCR’s inter-agency report states that “Uganda has so far not received a significant increase in refugee influxes from South Sudan.” This could be because, “according to refugees, despite the ceasefire between government troops and armed groups, the road from Juba to Uganda continues to have a number of road blocks and checkpoints, hindering people’s abilities to move freely.” However, “Uganda continues to make preparations for a significant increase in new arrivals once passage is possible at main border points. NFIs and food for at least 10,000 individuals are being transported for...

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Article by Tom Murphy.

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“A ceasefire appears to be holding after four days of intense fighting in South Sudan. As the country approached its fifth anniversary of independence, a tentative unity deal broke down last week, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, and many were forced to shelter in place.

“There is a lot going downhill,” said Martina Fuchs, founder and CEO of the Real Medicine Foundation in an interview with Humanosphere. “We have told our staff working at the teaching hospital in Juba to stay...

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“We want to change the attitude of the healthcare workers to have respect, to treat people with care, with respect, with dignity,” says Vitale. “If we can do that… the mothers will come, they will be cared for, they will be happy, and they will go back to their homes and tell their neighbors to come and deliver from JTH." (Juba Training Hospital) – Dr. Taban Vitale

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