The number of Burundian refugees, many of whom are women and children, “fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution” has now surpassed 300,000. This press briefing from UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler further explains that resources for refugees are already overstretched in surrounding host countries, and additional support is urgently needed for the steady (and in some cases, increasing) number of new arrivals. Currently, Burundian refugees are seeking asylum in the following countries:

  • Tanzania: 163,084 Burundian refugees (78% of new arrivals are women and children.)
  • Rwanda: more than 81,000 Burundian refugees
  • Uganda : more than 41,938 Burundian refugees
  • Democratic...
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The NonProfit Press has published an article highlighting Real Medicine Foundation’s programs within Turkana, South Sudan.

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Real Medicine Foundation receives 2016 California Excellence Award 

September 24th 2016 -  Real Medicine Foundation has been selected for the 2016 California Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the American Economic Institute (AEI).

Each year the AEI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that California is renowned for.

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Hadassah Egbedi with Ventures Africa interviewed Real Medicine Foundation’s founder and CEO, Dr. Martina Fuchs, about RMF’s work in Africa. The article highlights the humble beginnings of RMF after the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. The article also highlights the Kiryandongo Refugee Camp in Uganda and how RMF provides a healthcare center with the UNHCR and supports education by paying children’s school fees and running the Vocational Training Institute.

The article delves into RMF’s work with the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan and establishing the first ever diploma-level College of Nursing and Midwifery in Juba, which has already...

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In its latest emergency update, the UNHCR reports that the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda has significantly increased in the past 7 days: “24,814 people arrived in the last week, compared to 18,703 and 17,133 in the previous two weeks.” The report further explains:

  • 15,562 South Sudanese have fled to Uganda from September 9, 2016 to September 13, 2016.
  • Due to the threat of armed groups, more South Sudanese refugees have been entering Uganda at informal border crossings.
  • 72,000 refugees have now been transferred to Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. (Bidibidi was opened in early August 2016.)
  • “262 (5.6%)...
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The number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Uganda rose even higher over the past 2 days, September 5, 2016 and September 6, 2016. News from the latest UNHCR emergency report includes:

  • 8,825 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Uganda during September 5, 2016 and September 6, 2016.
  • 18,703 refugees arrived in Uganda during the past 7 days, compared to 12,400 during the previous 7-day period.
  • 119,636 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since July 1, 2016, according to field reports.
  • New arrivals reported fleeing from intimidation, looting, torture, killing, and youth being recruited by armed groups.
  • 4,380 refugees...
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In the course of 2 days, September 1, 2016 and September 2, 2016, the UNHCR’s emergency update reports that 3,838 new South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda. The update explains further:

  • 13,878 refugees arrived in Uganda during the past 7 days, compared to 7,174 during the previous 7-day period.
  • 104,771 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda since July 1, 2016, according to field reports.
  • New arrivals in Adjumani described looting, kidnapping, sexual assaults, and general violence in Eastern Equatoria.
  • The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement is now completely full, and refugees arriving there will be transferred to the new Bidibidi Refugee...
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The South Sudanese refugee crisis continues, with 4,854 people fleeing to Uganda in the course of 3 days. The UNHCR emergency update reports that from August 27, 2016 to Autust 29, 2016:

  • New arrivals from various regions of South Sudan reported fighting, looting, and killing.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Adjumani to assess the emergency response to refugees.
  • 1,362 refugees were transported to the new Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, bringing the total number relocated there to 31,902.
  • The new Bidibidi Refugee Settlement received 10 wheelchairs.
  • 137 people at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement participated in a gender-based violence awareness...
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Since the fighting began again in Juba, South Sudan in early July 2016, thousands of South Sudanese have been fleeing the country. By July 28, 2016, the time of this report, 45,891 of these refugees had arrived in Uganda. Hundreds and thousands of new arrivals enter Uganda each day, filling transit centers, reception centers, and refugee camps to overflowing. On July 28, 2016, UNHCR’s emergency update reports:

  • 2,806 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda on July 27, 2016.
  • 90% of new arrivals in the West Nile region were women and children.
  • Work began on the new Bidibidi Refugee Settlement close...
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Article by Evelyn Marsters.

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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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