Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World 2017-06-16T09:25:56-07:00 Fifth Annual PAMS Mission in Pisco, Peru 2017-06-16T09:25:56-07:00 2017-06-16T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5943f0b5edb2f31efa3cb8cc/peruflyer_ENGLISH.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5943f33fd4c96144e23cabc9/peruflyer_spanish.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF Uganda: South Sudan Refugee Crisis 2017-06-12T15:19:40-07:00 2017-06-12T14:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>2,022</strong><br /> Average daily arrival of refugees (from July 7, 2016)</p> <p><strong>950,562</strong><br /> Total South Sudan refugees and asylum seekers in the country</p> RMF Refugee agencies in the U.S. are feeling strained 2017-06-06T16:24:47-07:00 2017-06-06T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5937391cd4c96144e2353dc4/GettyImages_634276790_1.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> &#8211; Scott Eisen/Getty Images</p> <p>The <em>Marketplace</em> has featured <span class="caps">RMF</span> Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> Dr. Martina Fuchs in their recent article.</p> <p>See a small excerpt below. <a href="">Read the full article on the Marketplace&#8217;s website.</a></p> <p><br /></p> <p>&#8220;Nonprofits already work very lean, said Martina Fuchs, founder of Real Medicine Foundation, a global humanitarian aid and development organization that works with hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world. There&#8217;s not a lot of fat to trim. They plan ahead, she notes, fundraising a year or more out. Typically her organization receives funding from multiple sources, including organizations it works with around the globe, high-net-worth individuals, foundations, trusts and the United Nations. But all the recent changes have created problems.</p> <p>&#8220;The U.S. has always been a very strong partner in supporting refugees, in supporting aid around the world,&#8221; Fuchs said. &#8220;And so this global network of support is interrupted.&#8221; &quot;</p> "79% of Pakistani women don’t manage periods hygienically" 2017-06-06T12:45:55-07:00 2017-06-01T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Izhar Ullah, of <a href="">The Express Tribune</a>, recently featured <span class="caps">RMF</span> Pakistan Manager of Research Projects Afshan Bhatti in an article about menstrual hygiene in Pakistan. Here is a small excerpt:</p> <p>&#8220;In her address, Afshan Bhatti, the representative of Real Medicine Foundation, a non-profit working to improve the health sector in disaster-hit regions, said that according to a research conducted by her organisation, 79% of Pakistani women were not properly managing menstrual hygiene.</p> <blockquote> <p>“Like safe drinking water and improved sanitation, menstrual hygiene is also one of the basic needs of women to live a dignified life,” she said. “There is a need for allocation in the budget to take steps to improve menstrual hygiene in K-P and the country.” &quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>Read the full article below.</p> RMF Letter of Community Partnership and Appreciation from Gure Comminity, Nigeria 2017-05-30T12:54:23-07:00 2017-05-25T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Until mid-2015, <span class="caps">RMF</span> supported the improvement and operation of Gure Model Health Centre, and in October 2016, we shifted our focus to health outreach. We provide free clinics and education sessions primarily for women, children, and the elderly. Through these outreach clinics, <span class="caps">RMF</span> aims to reach underserved, vulnerable community members with education, primary health care, maternal, and child health care.</p> <p>The community and health stakeholders of Gure have offered their thanks and support to <span class="caps">RMF</span> through a letter from Chief of Gure Alhaji Abdullahi Kilishi. <span class="caps">RMF</span> sponsored a free health outreach program May 1–5, 2017. The five-day program provided free healthcare services to the people of Gure and its surrounding communities at the Model Primary Health Centre in the town of Gure, a Baruten local government area of Kwara State, Nigeria.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59261b67a0b5dd20942ae31b/HRH_LETTER_OF_APPRECIATION_TO_RMF.jpeg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF South Sudan Medical Journal: May 2017 2017-05-30T17:01:07-07:00 2017-05-17T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The May 2017 issue of South Sudan Medical Journal has been published from our partners at <a href="">The Juba Link</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/591c6aacd4c96144e225db87/Capture7.JPG" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><img src="/assets/591c6aafd4c96144e225db89/Capture8.JPG" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></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="">Sustainable Development Goals implementation in the context of South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Quiz on liver function tests</a></p> <p><a href="">Funding for South Sudanese</a></p> <p><a href="">Hello and goodbye</a></p> <p><a href="">Small Baby Series</a></p> <p><a href="">Care Groups in Emergencies in Unity State, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Maternal near-miss in N’Djamena Mother and Child Hospital, Chad</a></p> <p><a href="">What causes patients to trust medical professionals? Insights from mothers in Juba</a></p> <p><a href="">Causes of road traffic accidents in Juba</a></p> <p><a href="">From traditional birth attendants to hospital: a maternal near-miss</a></p> RMF Uganda Requests More International Aid for Refugees 2017-05-17T06:52:37-07:00 2017-05-17T06:10:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">Voice of America</a> interviewed Dr. Martina Fuchs about Real Medicine Foundation&#8217;s role in Uganda. Here is a small excerpt&#8230;</p> <p><img src="/assets/591c4e32edb2f31efa25a955/A3EF3F9C_57DA_48D6_9F81_FB6CDB905262_w1023_r1_s.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Dr. Martina Fuchs is the <span class="caps">CEO</span> and founder of Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>), the humanitarian aid and development organization tasked with providing much of the health care in Uganda’s Bidibidi, now the largest refugee settlement in Africa. The settlement hosts more than 272,000 South Sudanese refugees.</p> <p><strong>“The largest disease burden is malaria, a very large percentage, especially in children and then also pregnant women with malaria,” said Fuchs.</strong> “So malaria is the highest. And then, gastrointestinal tract infections — diarrhea, watery diarrhea — then, respiratory tract infections, pneumonia. And then, in smaller amounts, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>.”</p> <p>According to <span class="caps">RMF</span>, malaria rates in children and adults arriving at medical facilities range from 65 percent to 80 percent, fluctuating upon whether it is the dry or rainy season.</p> <p>Fuchs said severe and moderate acute malnutrition is another problem. <strong>Refugees are also dealing with mental health issues as a result of the trauma they have experienced.</strong></p> <blockquote> <p>“There is research that trauma actually lowers your defense, your immune system,&quot; said Fuchs. &#8220;So any kind of emotional, psychological trauma will interfere with your immune system, so you’re more vulnerable when you are traumatized than if you are not.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> <p>Read the full article below.</p> Serbia relocates refugees due to growing risk of disease 2017-05-10T17:03:32-07:00 2017-05-10T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">Middle East Monitor</a> featured the <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia team in a recent article. Here is a small clip of the article highlighting the initiative.</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;In November Real Medicine Foundation treated over 1,000 patients for body lice and scabies and reported that a high number of refugees in Belgrade’s city centre are considered “extremely vulnerable individuals.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> Philanthropy Impact Magazine Interviews Dr. Martina Fuchs 2017-04-15T14:19:35-07:00 2017-04-11T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The Philanthropy Impact Magazine interviewed Real Medicine Foundation&#8217;s founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> Dr. Martina Fuchs. The entire issue can be read and downloaded on the <a href="">Philanthropy Impact website.</a><br /> <br /></p> <h5>&#8220;We believe in the human ability to transform – that the people in developing and disaster-stricken areas are most capable of creating solutions to their unique challenges.&#8221;<br /> <br /></h5> <p>A small excerpt on how Real Medicine Foundation is leading the change within the humanitarian field:</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;RMF’s believes in ‘Liberating Human Potential’, encouraging leadership and ownership in our teams and the people and communities we are supporting, building capacity and long-term self-sustainability for eventual independence. We are fully aware that the work in the development sector and our approach is ‘David against Goliath’, but the only way things can change is by people being the change. That’s what we stand for and that’s what we have been doing with high-impact projects and increased success rates for more than 11 years now.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> Mud Erased a Village in Peru, a Sign of Larger Perils in South America 2017-06-06T12:45:05-07:00 2017-04-06T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5935e561edb2f31efa34a2bd/07Peru_slide_GCFE_superJumbo.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> Credit Peru&#8217;s Presidential Palace, via Reuters</p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="">Mud Erased a Village in Peru, a Sign of Larger Perils in South America</a></p> <p><em>The New York Times</em> recently featured an article about Barba Blanca, Peru, a small village destroyed by the recent flooding and mudslides. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Peru team has since made plans to travel to Barba Blanca to evaluate the needs and offer medical services to the community.</p> <p>Read a small excerpt below. <a href="">Read the full article on <em>The New York Times</em> website.</a></p> <p><br /></p> <p>&#8220;<span class="caps">BARBA</span> <span class="caps">BLANCA</span>, Peru — A sheet of mud covers the village. Lampposts are bent sideways. Rooftops sit blocks from their homes. The nave of the village church is filled with sludge.</p> <p>A catastrophic mudslide essentially erased Barba Blanca from the map last month. Yet somehow all 150 people who lived here in this Peruvian village managed to escape.</p> <p>“A miracle,” said Diego Blanco, a 27-year-old construction worker, looking out from a hillside perch onto the ruined homes of his family members.</p> <p>Large parts of South America have been pummeled for weeks by torrential rains that are wreaking havoc throughout the western region of the continent. Floods and destructive mudslides in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia have killed hundreds and displaced thousands more.&quot;</p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="">Read more about the <span class="caps">RMF</span> Peru Flood Relief initiative.</a></p> "Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world's largest refugee camp" 2017-04-03T16:55:25-07:00 2017-04-03T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <img src="/assets/58e2c96fa0b5dd2094043c63/guardian_bidibidi.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"> <em>Dan Kitwood/Getty Images</em> <h4>Bidibidi: The Largest Refugee Settlement in the World</h4> <h5><em>The Guardian</em> on Bidibidi</h5> <p>In an article on the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda, <a href="">Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world&#8217;s largest refugee camp</a>, <em>The Guardian</em> notes,</p> <p>&#8220;The stream of arrivals, who averaged 2,800 each day in March, has begun to take a toll on the country’s southern neighbour Uganda, host to roughly half of the 1.6 million people forced to flee their homes.</p> <p>Uganda is feeling the neglect. The country has one of the world’s most compassionate refugee policies, which grants migrants land to build a home and enjoy rights to travel and work that are practically unheard of elsewhere.</p> <p>But without relief in sight, the cracks are beginning to show. A single settlement, called Bidi Bidi, hosts at least 270,000 refugees – more than any other place in the world. It was closed to new arrivals in December to prevent overcrowding. Since then, new settlements have opened roughly every two months.</p> <p>Initially, the UN expected roughly 300,000 South Sudanese refugees to come to Uganda in 2017. Just three months into the year, the estimate has risen to 400,000.</p> <p>Filippo Grandi, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, said Uganda was now &#8216;at breaking point.&#8217;&quot;</p> <p>Further, the article notes, &#8220;Yet even as the humanitarian crisis grows, the international response remains meagre. The UN has requested $781m (£625m) to care for the 1.6 million people coming out of South Sudan. So far, it has received just 8%.&#8221; <br /> <br /></p> <h5><span class="caps">RMF</span> in Bidibidi</h5> <p>As official <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Healthcare Implementing Partner in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a>, Real Medicine Foundation has been present since the settlement&#8217;s opening in early August 2016. Our staff and operations in Uganda have more than doubled since that time, as the influx of South Sudanese refugees brought the population of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement to 272,026 and caused the settlement to be closed to new arrivals in December 2016. The rate of South Sudanese entering Uganda, however, has not slowed, and the need continues to grow.</p> <p><br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> The Guardian Sri Lanka New Years Festival 2017-03-24T11:42:25-07:00 2017-03-24T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/58d56868edb2f34213127223/invitation_cardenglish_2.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru 2017-03-24T12:13:06-07:00 2017-03-19T12:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru</a></p> <p>&#8220;Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off from roads Saturday, as others in Peru fled rising rivers, and millions fretted that they won’t have drinking water.</p> <p>The government announced Saturday that so far this year 72 people have died as a result of heavy rains and flash floods around the country.</p> <p>Peru’s geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally as huaycos, the indigenous Quechua word for flash flood-landslide.&quot;</p> RMF Sri Lanka Children's Fair 2017-03-07T16:43:10-08:00 2017-03-07T16:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The Palathuduwa Preschool is hosting a Kid&#8217;s Fair on March 10th. The fair will be hosted from 8:00 &#8211; 10:30 a.m. with a parent&#8217;s meeting following.</p> <p><a href="">Click to learn more information about the Palathuduwa Preschool in Sri Lanka.</a></p> <p><img src="/assets/58bf5200edb2f3421305186b/kids_fair_copy.jpeg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF South Sudan Medical Journal: February 2017 2017-02-28T17:19:40-08:00 2017-02-28T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>The February 2017 issue of South Sudan Medical Journal has been published from our partners at</strong> <a href="">The Juba Link</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/58b62149d4c96156fd004749/DSC07052.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/58b62179d4c96156fd004779/DSC07075.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>You can download the journal as a <span class="caps">PDF</span> or view the individual articles which are listed below:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Editorial &#8211; Children bear the health burden of the conflict in South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Audit of care of severely malnourished children aged 6 &#8211; 59 months at Al-Sabah Children Hospital, Juba, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Management of acute diarrhea among children aged 6 &#8211; 59 months admitted at Juba Teaching Hospital</a></p> <p><a href="">Knowledge and practice of exclusive breastfeeding among women with children aged between 9 and 12 months in Al Sabah Hospital, Juba, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Management of common eye conditions in a primary health care setting: A guide for South Sudan health workers</a></p> <p><a href="">Resources</a></p> <p><a href="">Obituary: Dr. Ayul Deng Ajak</a></p>