Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/ 2018-01-19T23:12:05-08:00 RMF Honored during Hospital’s 56th Anniversary Ceremony http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/19/rmf-honored-during-hospitals-56th-anniversary-ceremony/ 2018-01-19T22:35:06-08:00 2018-01-19T21:50:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a62d3d940780805c418338b/Kanti_1.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>On January 6, 2018, <a href="http://kantichildrenhospital.gov.np/">Kanti Children’s Hospital</a> 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 (<span class="caps">RMF</span>), 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.</p> <blockquote> <p>This certificate of appreciation marks a milestone in <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal’s partnership with government agencies, and <strong>we are deeply honored and proud</strong> of this achievement.</p> </blockquote> <p>Shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, <span class="caps">RMF</span> started its <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/kanti-childrens-hospital/">support of Kanti Children’s Hospital</a> by donating more than $400,000 worth of medicines, medical supplies, and laboratory supplies. <span class="caps">RMF</span> continues to support a blood bank, lodging, food, transportation, medicines, laboratory services, and other necessities for needy patients and their families. In March 2017, <span class="caps">RMF</span> also began supporting human resources at Kanti Children’s Hospital, and is now providing the hospital with 3 medical officers and 4 registered nurses.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62dcc023f81205e60f4675/Kanti_Certificate_of_Appreciation_to_RMF_2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e18323f81205e60f4bac/Kanti_3.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e1c523f81205e60f4c4e/Kanti_4.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e1d323f81205e60f4ca7/Kanti_5.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Nepal Cold Wave Claims More Than 40 Lives http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/13/nepal-cold-wave-claims-more-than-40-lives/ 2018-01-15T12:54:45-08:00 2018-01-13T12:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a5d03c840780805c411802e/1_12012_2_Balbalika_13012018080159_1000x0.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: the Kathmandu Post</em></p> <p><a href="http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com">The Kathmandu Post</a> 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.</p> <blockquote> <p>Cold has led to <strong>more than 40 deaths</strong> in several Tarai districts this winter. More than half of these fatalities have been reported in Saptari, where 25 people have died so far.</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be read by clicking the image below or reading it on the <a href="http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-01-13/cold-wave-claims-10-more-lives-in-saptari-and-rautahat.html">Kathmandu Post website.</a></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) arrived in Nepal shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, and we <strong><a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/">continue to provide relief, medical, and educational support</a></strong> in several regions of the country. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal&#8217;s cold wave relief efforts are concentrated in the Terai region. <strong>We are working with a local partner organization and the local government to provide relief through free health camps and blankets for the families most affected in the region.</strong></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The New York Times Releases Maria's Hidden Toll http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/11/the-new-york-times-releases-marias-hidden-toll/ 2018-01-11T14:32:44-08:00 2018-01-11T14:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a57e59423f81205e607887d/Maria_s_Hidden_Toll.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The New York Times released a <strong><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005620786/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-mental-health.html?emc=edit_ta_20180107&amp;nl=top-stories&amp;nlid=63213935&amp;ref=headline=.11df3ea3d06c">documentary which details an unseen crisis developing in Puerto Rico, a crisis of mental health.</a></strong> Take the time to watch and hear the stories of Puerto Ricans still struggling with daily life after Hurricane Maria.</p> <blockquote> <p>People kept telling me they couldn&#8217;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.</p> </blockquote> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico will include the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions</strong> through medical triage of critical cases to functioning nearby heath facilities or hospitals, including transportation of patients by local means. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005620786/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-mental-health.html?emc=edit_ta_20180107&nl=top-stories&nlid=63213935&ref=headline info@realmedicinefoundation.org The New York Times: In Rural Nepal, Menstruation Taboo Claims Another Victim http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/10/the-new-york-times-in-rural-nepal-menstruation-taboo-claims-another-victim/ 2018-01-19T23:12:05-08:00 2018-01-10T10:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a5cefbb23f81205e60b61b9/11nepal_1_master768.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: Narendra Shrestha/European Pressphoto Agency</em></p> <p>Bhadra Sharma and Jeffrey Gettleman of the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com">New York Times</a> have written an article shedding light on the Hindu tradition of <strong>segregating menstruating women from the home because they are believed to be unclean</strong>. 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.</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>“What this is, is segregation,”</strong> said Ms. Paudel, the activist. “And we as a society don’t talk enough about it. We don’t talk about <strong>dignity</strong>, we don’t talk about <strong>women’s rights</strong>.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be read by clicking the images below or reading it on the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/world/asia/nepal-woman-menstruation.html">New York Times website.</a></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) arrived in <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/">Nepal</a> shortly after the April 2015 earthquake. Our work spans all sectors of recovery now that the immediate relief phase has ended. Working within <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/kanti-childrens-hospital/">hospitals</a>, <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/orphanage-support/">orphanages</a>, <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/lumbini-girls-school/">schools</a>, and <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/model-village/">villages</a> to help with the long-term recovery and development of Nepal through construction, curriculum design, workforce strengthening, and poverty reduction. <strong>Many of our initiatives in Nepal are centered around women and are working to achieve RMF’s goal to decrease maternal mortality and increase women’s access to sexual and reproductive education.</strong> <span class="caps">RMF</span> has forged strong local partnerships with communities and Nepali organizations in order to co-create sustainable programs.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org NHRC Concerned about Cold Snap in Nepal http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/08/nhrc-concerned-about-cold-snap-in-nepal/ 2018-01-15T12:15:15-08:00 2018-01-08T09:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="https://thehimalayantimes.com">The Himalayan Times</a> reported that the <a href="http://www.nhrcnepal.org" title="NHRC">National Human Rights Commission</a> has <strong>expressed serious concern</strong> for the deaths attributed to the cold wave and how the extreme temperature are crippling normal life. The <span class="caps">NHRC</span> warns <strong>people have died from the common cold, fever, and diarrhea</strong> and has urged the government to send aid.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Highly disadvantaged groups, senior citizens, women, children and patients have been hit the hardest by the cold snap, and <strong>local hospitals and health posts are having a tough time delivering curative services</strong> for the want of health workers and medicines,” read a press release issued by the <span class="caps">NHRC</span>.</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be read by clicking the image below or reading it on <a href="https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/nhrc-concerned-cold-snap/">the Himalayan Times website.</a></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) arrived in Nepal shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, and we <strong><a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/">continue to provide relief, medical, and educational support</a></strong> in several regions of the country. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal&#8217;s cold wave relief efforts are concentrated in the Terai Region. <strong>We are working with a local partner organization and the local government to provide relief through free health camps for the cold affected and the provision of blankets and warm clothing for the families most affected in the region.</strong></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org UNHCR Releases Second Report on DCR Emergency Situation http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/01/unhcr-releases-second-report-on-dcr-emergency-situation/ 2018-01-01T11:26:56-08:00 2018-01-01T10:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> has released a second report detailing the <strong>continued rise in the number of new Congolese arrivals</strong> in Uganda.</p> <blockquote> <p>Between 23rd and 26th December, <strong>1,860 new refugee arrivals from the Democratic of the Congo</strong> (<span class="caps">DRC</span>) crossed to Uganda via Lake Albert (1,705) and Kisoro (155), bringing the total number of new arrivals since 18th December to 4,584.</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs, and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008</strong>. We have established <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/">10 initiatives</a> in Uganda which consist of health care, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention and treatment, psychological trauma support, education support, vocational support, community support, and refugee support. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</strong> in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Washington Post features Puerto Rico in Sin Luz: Life Without Power http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/27/washington-post-features-puerto-rico-in-sin-luz-life-without-power/ 2017-12-27T15:14:31-08:00 2017-12-27T15:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a37d417407808039146b68e/Capture.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The Washington Post created an <strong><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/puerto-rico-life-without-power/?utm_term=.11df3ea3d06c">interactive article and documentary which follows the lives of those in Puerto Rico who have been affected by Hurricane Maria</a></strong>. We encourage you to follow the stories to see how much everyday life has changed since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20, 2017.</p> <blockquote> <p>Puerto Rico’s apagón, or “super blackout,” is the longest and largest major power outage in modern U.S. history. Without electricity, there is no reliable source of clean water. School is out, indefinitely. Health care is fraught. Small businesses are faltering. The tasks of daily life are both exhausting and dangerous. There is nothing to do but wait, and no one can say when the lights will come back on.</p> </blockquote> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico will include the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions</strong> through medical triage of critical cases to functioning nearby heath facilities or hospitals, including transportation of patients by local means. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/puerto-rico-life-without-power/?utm_term=.11df3ea3d06c info@realmedicinefoundation.org UNHCR Reports the Arrival of 2,650 New Refugees http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/23/unhcr-reports-the-arrival-of-2650-new-refugees/ 2017-12-23T20:13:46-08:00 2017-12-23T20:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Given this week&#8217;s <strong>sharp rise in the number of new Congolese arrivals</strong> in Uganda, the <a href="http://www.unhcr.org"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> has decided to re-institute the inter-agency update on the <span class="caps">DRC</span> refugee situation.</p> <blockquote> <p>Since 18 December, over <strong>2,650 new refugee arrivals</strong> from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (<span class="caps">DRC</span>) have crossed to Uganda, four times the average daily arrival recorded between January and November 2017. The vast majority (2,300) entered Uganda crossing Lake Albert aboard rickety fishing boats, with others (350) coming in through more commonly used border points in Kisoro, Kanungu and Bundibugyo districts. The Office of the Prime Minister (<span class="caps">OPM</span>) reported that <strong>many more refugees have reached reception centres and settlements on their own</strong>.</p> </blockquote> <p>The report can be read by clicking the images below.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs, and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008</strong>. We have established <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/">10 initiatives</a> in Uganda which consist of health care, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention and treatment, psychological trauma support, education support, vocational support, community support, and refugee support. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</strong> in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 64. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052. http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/18/official-toll-in-puerto-rico-64-actual-deaths-may-be-1052/ 2017-12-18T07:13:41-08:00 2017-12-18T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a37d9d1407808039146bf6c/Capture.JPG" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: Alvin Baez/Reuters</em></p> <p>Although the official number of deaths because of Hurricane Maria was reported as 64, the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/08/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll.html">New York Times</a> provides an analysis which says the number might be actually much higher.</p> <blockquote> <p>A review by The New York Times of daily mortality data from Puerto Rico’s vital statistics bureau indicates a significantly higher death toll after the hurricane than the government there has acknowledged. The Times’s analysis found that in the 42 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, 1,052 more people than usual died across the island. The analysis compared the number of deaths for each day in 2017 with the average of the number of deaths for the same days in 2015 and 2016.</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be read by clicking the images below or reading it on the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/08/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll.html">New York Times website</a>.</p> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico will include the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions</strong> through medical triage of critical cases to functioning nearby heath facilities or hospitals, including transportation of patients by local means. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/08/us/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-death-toll.html info@realmedicinefoundation.org South Sudan Medical Journal: November 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/18/south-sudan-medical-journal-november-2017/ 2017-12-18T07:49:30-08:00 2017-12-18T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The November 2017 issue of <a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/">South Sudan Medical Journal</a> has been published from our partners at <a href="http://jubalink.org.uk/">The Juba Link</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a37e22823f81205cb284192/ssjmnovember.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>You can view and download the journal as a <span class="caps">PDF</span> below. To view the articles on the web, click the links below.</p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/november-2017/launch-of-the-uk-south-sudan-alliance-for-health-sector-development.html">Launch of the UK-South Sudan Alliance for Health Sector Development</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/november-2017/juba-college-of-nursing-and-midwifery-aspiring-for-growth.html">Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery: Aspiring for Growth</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/november-2017/midwives-knowledge-and-use-of-partographs-at-juba-teaching-hospital-south-sudan.html">Midwives’ knowledge and use of partographs at Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/november-2017/the-health-of-south-sudanese-refugees-one-million-and-counting.html">The health of South Sudanese refugees: one million and counting</a></p> http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/november-2017/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org IATT Conflict Displacement Famine and the HIV Response http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/14/iatt-conflict-displacement-famine-and-the-hiv-response/ 2017-12-14T11:19:40-08:00 2017-12-14T10:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a32c22240780803b302fe27/Capture.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>For over a year, South Sudan has been in a constant state of conflict, and thousands of South Sudanese are fleeing the country. This article outlines the factors surrounding such a large population group migrating from one place to another. Below is a small sample of the article. The entire article can be read by clicking on the images below.</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;<strong>A persistent state of conflict has engulfed South Sudan since July 2016.</strong> Civil war has expanded across the country, and significant human rights violations have been perpetrated by all parties involved.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Key Facts:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Famine declared on 20 February 2017 in two counties; as of November 2017 4.8 million people face severe food insecurity. This is expected to rise to 5.1 million in 2018.</li> <li>2 million people are internally displaced</li> <li>Over 1.95 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries</li> <li>Bidibidi in Uganda has become the largest refugee camp in the world, housing over 270,000 people</li> <li><span class="caps">UNAIDS</span> estimates average <span class="caps">HIV</span> prevalence in South Sudan to be 2.7%</li> <li><span class="caps">AIDS</span> related deaths are recorded to be the second highest cause of mortality for IDPs due to a lack of comprehensive services</li> <li>An additional USD1.4 billion is required to provide lifesaving aid to South Sudanese refugees until the end of 2017</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;Widespread reports have detailed killings of civilians; rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence (<span class="caps">SGBV</span>); enslavement; looting and destruction of civilian assets; attacks on humanitarian facilities and aid workers, and the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. <strong>In 2017, South Sudan was ranked as the world’s most fragile state.</strong>&#8221;</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>In 2010, Real Medicine Foundation co-founded South Sudan’s first accredited <a href="/our-work/countries/south-sudan/initiatives/juba-college-of-nursing-and-midwifery/">College of Nursing and Midwifery in Juba</a></strong>. Training a new generation of professionals is a critical part of rebuilding a health care infrastructure that had been decimated by more than two decades of civil strife and war. Since then, we created <a href="/our-work/countries/south-sudan/">five additional initiatives</a> which consist of malnutrition treatment and prevention services, support for The Juba Teaching Hospital, and a healthcare technology partnership with Health eVillages. In addition to our work in South Sudan, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is also the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to South Sudanese refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Startling Photos Taken By First Responders To The Puerto Rico Hurricane http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/12/03/startling-photos-taken-by-first-responders-to-the-puerto-rico-hurricane/ 2017-12-04T16:53:04-08:00 2017-12-03T15:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a2484ce23f81205cb1ca89b/ACAM1524.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><a href="https://money.good.is/articles/puerto-rico-first-responders?/">Good Money</a> featured some photos from our last trip to Puerto Rico on their website. Read a small excerpt below.</p> <p><em>&#8220;On Sept. 20, Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. At landfall, the winds were up to 155 mph and immediately wiped out the island’s phone towers and power grids. <strong>The island would go on to experience record flooding, and two months later, around 60% of its residents were still without power.</strong> Recent reports show the death toll could exceed 1,000 people.</em></p> <p><em>Although it’s hard to calculate the cost of such a disaster, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, asked the United States for $91 billion in relief. The Trump administration has only requested $29 billion to cover hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas combined. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a $146 billion plan to rebuild or upgrade Puerto Rico’s critical infrastructure while eliminating the country’s $70 billion debt.</em></p> <p><em><strong>Right after the hurricane touched the ground, the Real Medicine Foundation sent a team to the island to assess its immediate needs while providing access to health coverage in isolated communities.</strong> The team traveled from the capital city of San Juan to the towns of Dorado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Morovis, and Ciales.&quot;</em></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a25ed7823f81205cb1d787f/ACAM8212.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The rest of the article can be read <a href="https://money.good.is/articles/puerto-rico-first-responders?/">on their website</a>.</p> <p><a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> is in the planning stages of sending relief to Puerto Rico</a>. Our goal is to send a team of Puerto Rican doctors and nurses to areas of the island that have not received aid and have no access to primary medical care. Many doctors’ offices and clinics were forced to close their doors due to the lack of electricity and medical supplies.</p> https://money.good.is/articles/puerto-rico-first-responders?/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org Invitation to Palathuduwa Preschool's Year-End Concert http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/11/27/invitation-to-palathuduwa-preschools-year-end-concert/ 2017-11-27T11:51:53-08:00 2017-11-27T11:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Every year, <span class="caps">RMF</span>-supported Palathuduwa Preschool holds a year-end concert. The teachers cordially invite RMF&#8217;s staff and supporters.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a1c6bfb407808039128f8dd/Palathuduwa_December_2017.jpg" alt="" /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org WHO’s Africa Nutrition Report highlights an increase in malnutrition in Africa http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/11/17/whos-africa-nutrition-report-highlights-an-increase-in-malnutrition-in-africa/ 2017-11-17T15:32:48-08:00 2017-11-17T08:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a0f14c740780803911b9175/Woman_giving_PlumpyNut_nutritional_aid_to_her_children_in_former_Unity_State.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: <span class="caps">WHO</span> Regional Office for Africa</em></p> <p>In a media release, the <a href="http://www.afro.who.int/news/whos-africa-nutrition-report-highlights-increase-malnutrition-africa">World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa</a> has indicated that undernutrition is still very prevalent in areas of Africa, and the numbers of stunted children is growing.</p> <p>Read a small excerpt below.</p> <p>&#8220;According to the <span class="caps">WHO</span> Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti,<em><strong>“The numbers and trends highlighted in the report show that we need to work harder to avoid the long-term consequences of malnutrition and poor health on our children’s future prosperity, including the increased risk of dietrelated noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.”</strong></em> She added that the Report underscores the need to work harder on collecting and using accurate data given that nutrition information available for most countries is more than five years old, and the use of routine data for nutrition monitoring is extremely limited.&#8221;</p> <p>The Report points out that while the prevalence of stunting decreased between 2000 and 2016, the absolute numbers of stunted children are in fact increasing: from 50.4 million in 2000 to 58.5 million in 2016. <strong>Stunting, or impaired growth and development happens when children experience poor nutrition, disease and lack of psychosocial stimulation. It typically occurs before a child reaches the age of two, and the long-term consequences include poor school performance, low adult wages, lost productivity and increased risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases in adults.</strong>&quot;</p> <p>The entire press release can be read by on the <a href="http://www.afro.who.int/news/whos-africa-nutrition-report-highlights-increase-malnutrition-africa"><span class="caps">WHO</span> Regional Office for Africa&#8217;s website</a> or by clicking the images below.</p> <h6><span class="caps">RMF</span> <span class="caps">UNICEF</span> Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Program Jonglei State<br /> <br /></h6> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is hard at work in Africa to provide proven methods and solutions to those affected by malnutrition in certain areas of Africa. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> has partnered with <span class="caps">UNICEF</span> to bring our expertise in <a href="/our-work/countries/south-sudan/initiatives/rmf-unicef-malnutrition-treatment-and-prevention-program-jonglei-state/">Malnutrition Treatment, Education and Outreach</a></strong> into one of the hardest hit areas of South Sudan, Jonglei State.</p> <p>The proposed nutrition scaling up project is designed to ensure that all children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (<span class="caps">SAM</span>) are reached with a package of integrated nutrition services in the counties of Jonglei State assigned to <span class="caps">RMF</span> by <span class="caps">UNICEF</span>: Nyirol, Pibor, Ayod, and Fangak. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> services will serve a total population at 240,000, reaching 45,000 children and benefiting an estimated 7,214 total <span class="caps">SAM</span> Children (6-59 months of age) and at least 60% of Pregnant &amp; Lactating Women (including IDPs and host communities) in each targeted county.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Medicines Arrive at Bidi Bidi, Strengthening Care for South Sudanese Refugees http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/11/06/medicines-arrive-at-bidi-bidi-strengthening-care-for-south-sudanese-refugees/ 2017-11-09T09:55:27-08:00 2017-11-06T12:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a04612240780803910f97ad/IMG_0692.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>The Real Medicine Foundation Uganda team just received a large donation of medicine from <a href="https://www.directrelief.org/2017/11/medicines-bidi-bidi-care-south-sudanese-refugees/">Direct Relief</a>.</strong> As the <a href="http://realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Healthcare Implementing Partner for <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a>, this donation will support our initiative tremendously. Thank you, Direct Relief!</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a04613c40780803910f97c4/IMG_0668.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="https://www.directrelief.org/2017/11/medicines-bidi-bidi-care-south-sudanese-refugees/">Direct Relief</a> posted an article on their website highlighting the donation. The article as a whole is available by clicking the article images below. Read a small excerpt here.</p> <p><em>&#8220;Last Thursday, a shipment of essential medicines and supplies arrived at the Bidi Bidi Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda, where more than 285,000 people are living after fleeing from neighboring countries like South Sudan. The medicines were delivered to Bidi Bidi with the help of humanitarian aviation company, Air Serv.</em></p> <p><em><strong>The shipment included an Emergency Health Kit and additional medicine and supplies to bolster the efforts of Real Medicine Foundation in providing primary healthcare to the hundreds of thousands of refugees in the Kiryandongo and Bidi Bidi refugee settlements.</strong> Real Medicine Foundation has been tasked as <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Health Implementing Partner in Kiryandongo and Bidi Bidi, overseeing 40 health clinics and supporting an additional four district and regional hospitals.&quot;</em></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a04612e40780803910f97b4/IMG_0592.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>RMF’s goal is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to the population of <a href="http://realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a> by establishing and maintaining easily accessible, fully stocked, fully staffed health clinics and creating a robust health outreach program</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> also strives to promote the peaceful coexistence of refugee and host populations by supporting referral points in the host community, such as Yumbe District Hospital, and making our services available to all who attend our clinics or health outreaches.</p> https://www.directrelief.org/2017/11/medicines-bidi-bidi-care-south-sudanese-refugees/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org