Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/ 2017-09-29T19:45:55-07:00 USA Today Interviews RMF Uganda Country Director http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/29/usa-today-interviews-rmf-uganda-country-director/ 2017-09-29T19:45:25-07:00 2017-09-29T19:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59cf053540780814de0ce9a6/636419208568604433_GTY_644018036_88997245.JPG" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/09/25/turning-bidi-bidi-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-into-big-city/699086001/"><span class="caps">USA</span> Today wrote a piece featuring the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a> in Uganda. The writer, Julian Hattam, interviewed <span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga about his thoughts concerning the refugees assimilating into the Ugandan communities.</p> <blockquote> <p>“They have been integrated within the community,” said Naku Charles Lwanga, the Uganda country director for the Real Medicine Foundation, which operates in Bidi Bidi. “Sometimes it is very difficult to identify who’s a refugee and who is a Ugandan. If the policy remains friendly the way it is, the refugees after maybe 10 years [or] 20 years, they’re just totally integrated.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> was named <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</a> for the new settlement, and we were the first partner organization to arrive in Bidibidi. RMF’s goal is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to the population of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement by establishing easily accessible, fully stocked, fully staffed health clinics and creating a robust health outreach program.</p> https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/09/25/turning-bidi-bidi-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-into-big-city/699086001/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org Public Radio International Interviews RMF Uganda Country Director http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/29/public-radio-international-interview-rmf-uganda-country-director/ 2017-09-29T19:45:55-07:00 2017-09-29T11:05:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59ce8b8840780814de0c3948/RTX349LA.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: Dan Kitwood, Getty Images</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-22/turning-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-big-city">Public Radio International wrote a piece featuring the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a> in Uganda as part of their <em>Seeking Security: Human Stories from a World in Conflict</em> series. The writer, Julian Hattam, interviewed <span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga about his thoughts concerning the refugees assimilating into the Ugandan communities.</p> <blockquote> <p>“They have been integrated within the community,” said Naku Charles Lwanga, the Uganda country director for the Real Medicine Foundation, which operates in Bidi Bidi. “Sometimes it is very difficult to identify who’s a refugee and who is a Ugandan. If the policy remains friendly the way it is, the refugees after maybe 10 years [or] 20 years, they’re just totally integrated.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> was named <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</a> for the new settlement, and we were the first partner organization to arrive in Bidibidi. RMF’s goal is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to the population of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement by establishing easily accessible, fully stocked, fully staffed health clinics and creating a robust health outreach program.</p> https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-09-22/turning-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-big-city info@realmedicinefoundation.org LDS Charities Provide Famine Relief in Africa, Middle East http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/28/latter-day-saints-provide-famine-relief-in-africa-middle-east/ 2017-09-28T12:56:15-07:00 2017-09-28T08:15:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59cd13ba40780814de0a5417/Famine_Relief61108_2017.JPG" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <br /> <em>Photo by <span class="caps">UNICEF</span>/UN061108/<span class="caps">KNOWLES</span>-<span class="caps">COURSIN</span>. <span class="caps">ALL</span> <span class="caps">RIGHTS</span> <span class="caps">RESERVED</span>.</em></p> <p>The <a href="https://www.ldscharities.org/news/famine-response">Latter-Day Saints Charities</a> has partnered with Real Medicine Foundation to provide famine relief in Africa and the Middle East.</p> <p>&#8220;<strong>Mormons are providing an additional $11 million in assistance for victims of famine in eight countries in Africa and the Middle East.</strong> The humanitarian effort was recently approved by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide assistance to troubled parts of the world experiencing drought, civil conflict, disease and other challenges. <br /> <strong><span class="caps">LDS</span> Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church, is partnering with 11 global relief organizations to support 25 projects in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, Niger, Kenya, Uganda and DR Congo</strong>.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;<span class="caps">LDS</span> Charities partners with the Real Medicine Foundation on relief projects in eight countries, including South Sudan, Somalia and Uganda, where thousands arrive daily at the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement.&#8221;</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>&#8220;It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with <span class="caps">LDS</span> Charities,” said Dr. Martina Fuchs</strong>, a pediatrician and founder of Real Medicine Foundation, who praised the organization and Church for its &#8220;high level [of] integrity.&#8221; Efforts are made in Bidi Bidi to put the children back in school and to provide the refugees with medical care. <strong>&#8220;We will implement all of the health care at Bidi Bidi in the course of this year, and we are already planning 30 health care centers and hospitals,&#8221; said Fuchs.</strong> Real Medicine Foundation hires and empowers nationals in the countries where they serve because they are familiar with the needs of the community. <strong>&#8220;This is absolutely supported by <span class="caps">LDS</span> Charities, and that is why it’s so fantastic,&#8221; Fuchs explained</strong>.</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be viewed on the <a href="http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/latter-day-saints-provide-famine-relief-africa-middle-east"><span class="caps">LDS</span> Newsroom site</a> or by clicking the images below.</p> http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/latter-day-saints-provide-famine-relief-africa-middle-east info@realmedicinefoundation.org Mobile clinics for antiretroviral therapy in rural Mozambique http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/21/mobile-clinics-for-antiretroviral-therapy-in-rural-mozambique/ 2017-09-21T18:42:59-07:00 2017-09-21T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Real Medicine Foundations Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> Dr. Martina Fuchs contributed to a publication about the mobile clinics in rural Mozambique. Read the entire publication by clicking on the screenshots below.</p> <blockquote> <p>The high burden of human immunodeficiency virus (<span class="caps">HIV</span>) infections, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, tuberculosis, malaria and under-five mortality in sub-Saharan Africa has driven the global community to explore both new and old ideas to alleviate these problems. The roll-out of mobile clinics to broaden health-service coverage received considerable attention in the 1960s and 70s, but was not adopted on a permanent basis due to logistic challenges. Today, in Mozambique, mobile clinic strategies are again being rolled-out to increase coverage with antiretroviral therapy (<span class="caps">ART</span>). Here, we report on 18 months of experience using one mobile clinic in Zambézia Province, Mozambique.</p> </blockquote> <p><img src="/assets/59c46a1523f8121810007a99/RMF___Mobile_Clinic_Delivery_to_DPS_Zambe_zia_043.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><a href="/our-work/countries/mozambique/initiatives/mozambique-mobile-clinic-project/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> currently has an initiative in Mozambique which is run through a mobile clinic.</a> The Mobile Clinic vehicle, custom built in South Africa on a mid sized truck frame, operates as a “mini-health clinic on wheels” and provides an extremely versatile and flexible platform to provide primary healthcare services, education, and counseling.</p> Troy D Moon, Tito Jequicene, Meridith Blevins, Eurico José, Julie R Lankford, C William Wester, Martina C Fuchs & Sten H Vermunda info@realmedicinefoundation.org Irma May Have Been the Bigger Storm, but the Damage From Harvey’s Storm Surge Will Last for Years http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/18/irma-may-have-been-the-bigger-storm-but-the-damage-from-harveys-storm-surge-will-last-for-years/ 2017-09-18T15:24:49-07:00 2017-09-18T14:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/09/reporters_compare_harvey_and_irma_s_impacts.html">Reporters who covered both storms explain what it was like to be in the eye of two hurricanes, and what it will be like to rebuild.</a></p> <p>Although the two storms varied in size, they both left behind damage, both physically and psychologically. <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2017/09/reporters_compare_harvey_and_irma_s_impacts.html"><em>Slate</em></a> portrays how different the two storms were and what damage was left in their path.</p> <p>&#8220;Despite a swirl slightly less imposing than Irma’s, Harvey punched above its weight. The storm killed more than 70 people and caused billions of dollars in damage. “It just looked a lot worse, just an ongoing crisis in Houston,” says Jorge Ribas, a video journalist for the Washington Post who covered both Harvey and Irma. “That’s not to diminish what happened here with Irma, but … when we were in Lumberton, Texas, we were driving in boats and the water was at the top of stop signs, you know, covering street signs. I’ve never seen anything like that.” &quot;</p> <p><img src="/assets/59c0458223f8123dd008a81e/170812_SCI_WeatherReporters_jpg_CROP_promo_xlarge2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><em>Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images</em></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is providing relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and finalizing plans to support victims of Hurricane Irma. You can find the most up to date action plan by visiting our <a href="/our-work/countries/united-states/initiatives/hurricane-harvey-psychological-trauma-support-project/">Hurricane Harvey Psychological Trauma Support Project</a></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org RMF Featured on CNN Impact Your World for Hurricane Harvey Relief http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/14/rmf-featured-on-cnn-impact/ 2017-09-15T13:53:40-07:00 2017-09-14T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>In response to our <a href="/our-work/countries/united-states/initiatives/hurricane-harvey-psychological-trauma-support-project/">Hurricane Harvey Psychological Trauma Support Project</a>, <a href="https://publicgood.com/media/cnn/campaign/cnn-help-during-hurricane-harvey?utm_campaign=Do-Public-Good&amp;utm_medium=button&amp;utm_source=cnn&amp;utm_content=http:%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F08%2F25%2Fhealth%2Fiyw-harvey-how-to-help%2Findex.html&amp;title=How%20to%20help%20Hurricane%20Harvey%20victims"><span class="caps">CNN</span> Impact Your World</a> featured <span class="caps">RMF</span> as a list of active non profits working in Houston.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59bb24604078085aca0ad99c/Screenshot_2017_09_14_20_31_56.png" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is collaborating with Dr. Kevin Becker and his team at Organizational Resilience International, who we worked with during our Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> believes that disaster survivors are most drawn to, and best served, by the natural supports in their community. Thus, we will also partner with local community members and relevant local institutions. By enlisting community members themselves to work alongside us in the recovery process, we thereby further their empowerment and recovery.</p> https://publicgood.com/media/cnn/campaign/cnn-help-during-hurricane-harvey?utm_campaign=Do-Public-Good&utm_medium=button&utm_source=cnn&utm_content=http:%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2017%2F08%2F25%2Fhealth%2Fiyw-harvey-how-to-help%2Findex.html&title=How%20to%20help%20Hurricane%20Harvey%20victims info@realmedicinefoundation.org Inside Uganda: Home of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/06/inside-uganda-home-of-the-fastest-growing-refugee-crisis-in-the-world/ 2017-09-06T15:20:38-07:00 2017-09-06T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59b03e7f23f81273e8057fca/cov_bidi_bidi2.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo by Trocaire</em></p> <p>BY <span class="caps">JACOB</span> <span class="caps">WIRTSCHAFTER</span></p> <p>The <a href="http://jewishjournal.com/cover_story/223852/inside-uganda-home-fastest-growing-refugee-crisis-world/">Jewish Journal</a> recently highlighted the largest refugee settlement in the world; Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. They mentioned that Real Medicine Foundation is one of the organizations that have responded to the needs of those fleeing their homes.</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;Jewish aid groups are part of a worldwide response to deal with a humanitarian crisis that rivals others that have gained more attention through political conflict and media coverage. The groups include the <strong>Los Angeles-based Real Medicine Foundation</strong> and the American Refugee Committee of Minneapolis, as well as the Uganda-based World Action Fund and global operators like Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. Uganda currently has 140 nongovernment organizations operating in the country, according to the nation’s official directory.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> was named <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</a> for the new settlement, and we were the first partner organization to arrive in Bidibidi. We immediately began treating people (about 1,000 workers were on-site and some were injured or sick) when we arrived on July 30, 2016, and the next day, July 31, 2016, <span class="caps">RMF</span> set up the first preliminary structures, i.e. tents, to serve as the settlement’s Reception Centre Health Clinic.</p> <p>RMF’s goal is to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to the population of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement by establishing easily accessible, fully stocked, fully staffed health clinics and creating a robust health outreach program. <span class="caps">RMF</span> will also work to support Yumbe Hospital.</p> http://jewishjournal.com/cover_story/223852/inside-uganda-home-fastest-growing-refugee-crisis-world/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org UGANDA: South Sudan Refugee Situation (Info-Graphic) http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/05/uganda-south-sudan-refugee-situation-info-graphic/ 2017-09-09T15:29:32-07:00 2017-09-05T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/en-us"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> published their weekly response to the refugees and asylum seekers within Uganda. Here are some of the alarming statistics.</p> <ul> <li>1,355,764 Total refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of August 31, 2017)</li> <li>1,021,903 Total South Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of August 31, 2017)</li> <li>61% Of population are children under 18</li> <li>82% of the Population are women and children &lt;18</li> </ul> <p><img src="/assets/59b46acd23f8123dd0015a8f/Screenshot_2017_09_09_18_26_59.png" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org RMF Nepal Flood Relief Program in the Nepali News http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/02/rmf-nepal-flood-relief-program-in-the-nepali-news/ 2017-09-07T17:13:10-07:00 2017-09-02T17:05:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59b1dae923f812741e001796/Nepal_Flood_Relief_Article.png" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><strong>Translation: Free Health Camp for Flood Affected People</strong></p> <p>Mahottari, September 2, 2017</p> <p><strong>Focusing on the health problems of people from flood affected areas, the Paramedical Association of Nepal (<span class="caps">PAN</span>) organized a free health camp at Bardibas-8, Hattilet, Mahottari with the support of Real Medicine Foundation Nepal</strong> on September 2, 2017. The chairperson of <span class="caps">PAN</span>, Mr. Hari Kunwar, inaugurated the free camp through which 237 patients received health services.</p> <p>In addition to free health check-ups and medicine distribution, health education, hygiene and sanitation, a nutrition corner, and rehabilitation counseling services were also provided by the team of 2 medical doctors and 21 paramedical volunteers through the camp. The Office of Drinking Water and Sanitation supported bottled water, and water purifying solution “Piyush” was distributed through this camp.</p> <p>Community people who benefited from the camp seemed happy and satisfied with the management and services provided by the camp. The chairperson asked the secretariat members of <span class="caps">PAN</span> to be mobilized for people troubled by the floods and similar disasters. <strong>The program manager and Nepal representative of Real Medicine Foundation, Mr. Ganesh Shrestha, expressed his commitment to supporting people in need through such activities in the future.</strong></p> <p>The original article can be found at <a href="http://www.amsanchar.com/news/17057">http://www.amsanchar.com/news/17057</a>.</p> http://www.amsanchar.com/news/17057 info@realmedicinefoundation.org Hurricane Harvey Psychological Support Project http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/09/01/hurricane-harvey-psychotrauma-support-project/ 2017-09-06T11:05:05-07:00 2017-09-01T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59a9dc1d23f81273e801c68d/harvey__Thomas_B__Shea__AFP__Getty.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><em>Photo by Thomas B. Shea, <span class="caps">AFP</span> Getty</em></p> <h4>Background</h4> <p>Category 4 Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. By Wednesday, some areas had received over 47 inches of rain and flooding, and by Thursday, August 31, 2017, the storm had killed at least 44 people and damaged or destroyed 48,700 homes. 350,000 people, many uninsured, have registered for disaster assistance.</p> <p>Survivors of disasters like Hurricane Harvey include everyone in the community and region, all in the wake of the storm. They are infants and children, adults young and old, partners and families, immigrants and refugees, and native-born residents. They are people who have lost their homes and businesses, as well as those who are providing help, even as they experience their own trauma.</p> <p>For many, the fear, trauma, and loss experienced during Hurricane Harvey will result in emotional scars that may last for years to come. Long after the water has receded and homes have been rebuilt, the stress and anxiety that accompany disasters of this size and scope will remain. Research indicates that suicide rates, substance abuse, and violence frequently increase in the aftermath of community-wide disasters. Putting life back together in the form of a “new normal” is an emotionally overwhelming process. Our project will focus on communities in the affected area to help minimize the “disaster after the disaster” and get community members back on their feet.</p> <h4>RMF&#8217;s Presence</h4> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is an international <span class="caps">NGO</span> with an excellent track record in psychological trauma support. We believe that “real medicine” focuses on treating the person as a whole, providing medical/physical, emotional, social, and economic support. To care for victims of Hurricane Harvey, we are collaborating with Organizational Resilience International (a partner since Hurricane Katrina) to implement a 3-phase psychological support project for affected communities.</p> <p>The project will target the following affected groups over the next 12 months:</p> <ul> <li>First responders</li> <li>Children</li> <li>Parents</li> <li>Adults</li> <li>Schools</li> <li>Faith-based groups</li> <li>Businesses</li> </ul> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/08/31/south-asia-floods-kill-1200-and-shut-18-million-children-out-of-school/ 2017-08-31T17:20:22-07:00 2017-08-31T17:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/30/mumbai-paralysed-by-floods-as-india-and-region-hit-by-worst-monsoon-rains-in-years">&#8220;Hundreds dead in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, while millions have been forced from their homes and 18,000 schools shut down across the region.&#8221;</a></p> <p><img src="/assets/59a8a6f94078087a450249ff/indiaflood1.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photograph: Shailesh Andrade</em></p> <p>&#8220;Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll.</p> <p><strong>The devastating floods have also destroyed or damaged 18,000 schools, meaning that about 1.8 million children cannot go to classes, Save the Children warned on Thursday.</strong></p> <p>The charity said that hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education was not prioritised in relief efforts.</p> <p><strong>“We haven’t seen flooding on this scale in years and it’s putting the long-term education of an enormous number of children at great risk. From our experience, the importance of education is often under-valued in humanitarian crises and we simply cannot let this happen again. We cannot go backwards,” said Rafay Hussain, Save the Children’s general manager in Bihar state.&quot;</strong></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is actively involved with those affected by this flooding. <span class="caps">RMF</span> is working with community members in Rautahat District, <span class="caps">NGO</span> <span class="caps">BHORE</span>, and the local government to ensure timely and relevant provision of flood relief to families most in need. We are assembling and distributing flood relief packages, and we will continue to adapt our strategy and services to best meet the needs of the affected population. Read more about the <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/nepal-flood-relief/">Nepal Flood Relief initiative</a>.</p> https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/30/mumbai-paralysed-by-floods-as-india-and-region-hit-by-worst-monsoon-rains-in-years info@realmedicinefoundation.org Emergency Update: Hurricane Harvey Response http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/08/26/emergency-update-hurricane-harvey-response/ 2017-08-26T10:14:43-07:00 2017-08-26T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/26/us/hurricane-harvey-landfall/index.html">Hurricane Harvey douses Texas as coastal residents find &#8216;devastation&#8217;</a></p> <p><img src="/assets/59a1ab0f4078086b330320bd/170826112915_13_hurricane_harvey_0826_rockport_exlarge_169__1_.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><em>“(<span class="caps">CNN</span>) Texans who rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade ventured out Saturday to find &#8220;widespread devastation&#8221; as Hurricane Harvey lumbered on in what was &#8220;now turning into a deadly inland event.&#8221;</em></p> <p><em>With dire warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and days of flooding to come, broad swaths of southeast Texas were littered with uprooted trees, toppled signs, twisted flagpoles and clusters of bricks peeled like scabs from walls and rooftops.</em></p> <p><em>Fatalities were feared in coastal Rockport, Texas, where an estimated 5,000 residents had stayed put for the storm, which blasted ashore as a Category 4 around 11 p.m. ET Friday, between Port Aransas and Port O&#8217;Connor, Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said.</em></p> <p><em>Callers to the local emergency dispatch line told of walls and roofs collapsing on people across the city, where an official had warned those who opted to stick out the storm to write their Social Security numbers on their arms for body identification.</em></p> <p><em>&#8220;There&#8217;s been widespread devastation,&#8221; Rockport Mayor Charles Wax told <span class="caps">CNN</span> late Saturday morning. No deaths had been confirmed, he said, adding that emergency workers were just beginning to go house to house to check on residents and assess damage.</em></p> <p><em>The storm by late Saturday morning was still a Category 1, packing winds of 75 mph as it slowed its trek northward to just 2 mph. Coastal areas remained in danger of a potentially deadly 13-foot storm surge, with places even far inland predicted to get as much as 40 inches of rain through Wednesday.”</em></p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) is watching Hurricane Harvey unfold over the people of Texas and is looking to partner with local agencies to provide support to those affected. We are accepting donations to help those who are still in the midst of the storm.</strong></p> <p><br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hurricane?src=hash">#Hurricane</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Harvey2017?src=hash">#Harvey2017</a>, by the numbers. <a href="https://t.co/zLWFzRg9LZ">https://t.co/zLWFzRg9LZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/DchiPzJbX8">pic.twitter.com/DchiPzJbX8</a></p><p>&mdash; The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) <a href="https://twitter.com/weatherchannel/status/901474461232250880">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><a href="/our-work/countries/united-states/initiatives/hurricane-katrina-relief-project/">In 2005, <span class="caps">RMF</span> successfully initiated a response team to those affected by Hurricane Katrina</a> . While the government and hundreds of other organizations were working to provide food, clothing and shelter to hurricane victims, the volunteers of the Real Medicine Foundation believed that relief from the emotional distress can be just as important, particularly for children.</p> <p><strong>As the rains continue for the next few days, <span class="caps">RMF</span> will be working one on one with organizations dedicated to providing aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations can be made through our website by clicking the button below.</strong></p> <p><br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org UGANDA: South Sudan Refugee Situation (Info-Graphic) http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/08/23/weekly-infographic-on-south-sudan-refugee-response-news-stories/ 2017-08-23T16:25:27-07:00 2017-08-23T16:20:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org/en-us"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> published their weekly response to the refugees and asylum seekers within Uganda. Here are some of the alarming statistics.</p> <ul> <li>1,338,887 Total refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 15 August 2017)</li> <li>1,006,779 Total S.Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country (as of 15 August 2017)</li> <li>61% Of population are children under 18</li> <li>82% of the Population are women and children &lt;18</li> </ul> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org South Sudan Medical Journal: August 2017 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/08/18/south-sudan-medical-journal-august-2017/ 2017-08-18T16:42:31-07:00 2017-08-18T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The August 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/59977b50407808649f0397ef/Screenshot_2017_08_18_19_29_41.png" alt="AmazonSmile" 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/august-2017/editorial-dr-tedros-adhanom-new-who-director-general.html">Editorial: Dr Tedros Adhanom, new <span class="caps">WHO</span> Director General</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/famine-and-its-effects-on-health-in-south-sudan.html">Famine and its effects on health in South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/eye-diseases-in-akon-payam-south-sudan.html">Eye diseases in Akon payam, South Sudan.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/mothers-knowledge-on-essential-newborn-care-at-juba-teaching-hospital-south-sudan.html">Mothers’ knowledge on essential newborn care at Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/associated-anomalies-in-cleft-lip-and-palate-analysis-of-811-consecutive-patients.html">Associated anomalies in cleft lip and palate: Analysis of 811 consecutive patients</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/attitudes-and-beliefs-about-mental-illness-among-relatives-of-patients-with-schizophrenia.html">Attitudes and beliefs about mental illness among relatives of patients with schizophrenia</a></p> http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/august-2017/ info@realmedicinefoundation.org Happy 12th Birthday to Real Medicine Foundation http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2017/08/18/happy-12th-birthday-to-real-medicine-foundation/ 2017-09-23T09:18:36-07:00 2017-08-18T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59c6877123f81218100199d9/12thbirthday_marqueev4.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <br /></p> <p><a href="h/about-us/martinas-story/">In early 2005, Dr. Martina Fuchs traveled to Sri Lanka</a> to provide support to those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was this first trip that inspired Martina to start our organization.</p> <p><strong>Today, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is active in 18 countries, across 5 continents, working to reach over 16 million people.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dWCH3WVzmqk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org