A home damaged by Hurricane Maria in Comerio, Puerto Rico. The town, in the mountainous area of the island, is still mostly without power, according to Mayor Josian Santiago. (Erika P. Rodriguez/For The Washington Post)
The Washington Post released an article highlighting the major depopulation event that is currently ongoing in Puerto Rico. People are leaving en masse since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, wiping out the power grid, communication systems, and infrastructure. Almost 58,000 homes are making due with blue tarps as a roof. Tens of thousands of people are still without electricity, and the U.S. Army Corps of...
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The UNHCR reports that between the 6th and 9th of February 2018, some 11,833 new refugees from the Democratic of the Congo (DRC) entered Uganda. With attacks on civilians, killings, and the destruction of private property, people are fleeing their homes to escape the disturbing rise in violence. Men, women, and children are crowding into boats to make the hazardous border crossing.
Aboard an overloaded canoe, the journey across Lake Albert can take up to 10 hours, while speed boats can make the crossing in four hours. There have been several incidents of boats going...
The February 2018 issue of South Sudan Medical Journal has been published from our partners at The Juba Link.
You can view and download the journal as a PDF below. To view the articles on the web, click the links below.
OCHA has released a report detailing the current situation in Somalia and its response to the famine that has taken hold of the nation. More than 411,000 school age children have been displaced since November 2016 due to drought and conflict, and people in crisis are in immediate need of access to food and clean water.
Humanitarian needs remain high. The number of people in IPC 4 (Emergency) has grown tenfold from 83,000 people in January 2017 to 866,000 in January 2018. Overall, more than 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 3.3 million of these require urgent...
BBC News reports that on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:18 AM, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 was recorded near Acari in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. One person is confirmed dead, dozens have been injured, and homes and roads collapsed.
The area between the South America and Nazca plates, where the tremor occurred, is prone to earthquakes, with 13 above magnitude 6.5 occurring over the past century, the US Geological Survey says.
The full report can be read by clicking the image below or on the BBC website.
Real Medicine Foundation has vast experience responding...
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The UNHCR reports that between the 17th and 19th of January 2018, some 1,161 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro (873), Kanungu (234), and Lake Albert (54), bringing the total number of new arrivals to 10,666 since December 18, 2017.
According to refugees arriving at Nyakabande transit centre, Kisoro district, attacks against civilians by Mai-‐Mai militia and other armed opposition groups continue unabated in North Kivu, including arbitrary killings, rape, abductions and looting.
The full report can be read by clicking the images below.
On January 6, 2018, Kanti Children’s Hospital held a ceremony to celebrate its 56th anniversary. Minister of Health Dipak Bohara was the chief guest, and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Health, other hospitals, universities, and government agencies were present as special guests. During the ceremony, Kanti Children’s Hospital presented three supporting organizations, including Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), with certificates of appreciation. The certificate is signed by Dr. Ganesh Kumar Rai, director of the hospital; Chairman Subodh Raj Acharya of the Kanti Children’s Hospital Development Board; and Minister of Health Dipak Bohara.
This certificate of appreciation marks a...
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The Kathmandu Post has reported on the continued cold wave in Nepal and the toll it is taking on flood-displaced families. These families are without warm clothing or shelter, and many are suffering with hypothermia.
Cold has led to more than 40 deaths in several Tarai districts this winter. More than half of these fatalities have been reported in Saptari, where 25 people have died so far.
The entire article can be read by clicking the image below or reading it on the Kathmandu Post website.
Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) arrived in Nepal shortly...
The New York Times released a documentary which details an unseen crisis developing in Puerto Rico, a crisis of mental health. Take the time to watch and hear the stories of Puerto Ricans still struggling with daily life after Hurricane Maria.
People kept telling me they couldn’t sleep. They were depressed. They were having panic attacks. And the hospitals were reporting that emergency rooms were filling up with people having suicidal thoughts.
Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, RMF sent a team to conduct a needs assessment, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections...
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Bhadra Sharma and Jeffrey Gettleman of the New York Times have written an article shedding light on the Hindu tradition of segregating menstruating women from the home because they are believed to be unclean. The Nepalese government has made it illegal to force menstruating women to isolate themselves, but to give communities time to adapt to the new laws, there is a grace period until August where no there will be no consequences for those who continue to practice this tradition.
“What this is, is segregation,” said Ms. Paudel, the activist. “And we as...