Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World 2017-08-18T16:42:31-07:00 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="">South Sudan Medical Journal</a> has been published from our partners at <a href="">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="">Editorial: Dr Tedros Adhanom, new <span class="caps">WHO</span> Director General</a></p> <p><a href="">Famine and its effects on health in South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Eye diseases in Akon payam, South Sudan.</a></p> <p><a href="">Mothers’ knowledge on essential newborn care at Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Associated anomalies in cleft lip and palate: Analysis of 811 consecutive patients</a></p> <p><a href="">Attitudes and beliefs about mental illness among relatives of patients with schizophrenia</a></p> Nepali Newspaper Features Article about Free Health Camp 2017-08-04T07:45:05-07:00 2017-07-28T07:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h6>&#8220;Free Health Camp by Real Medicine Foundation&#8221;</h6> <p><img src="/assets/597b4e65a0b5dd2094595dd8/ppppp.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p>&#8220;*Dhulikhel, 30 June.* A free health camp was conducted by Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) at Dhulikhel, Kavre. Altogether, 48 people benefitted from the camp, including female children from Help Nepal Network Children’s Home. A medical officer, Dr. Munu Mahat, and health personnel from Paramedical Association of Nepal (<span class="caps">PAN</span>) conducted free health check-ups and a free medicine distribution program, and a dentist, Balaram Dhail, conducted free dental check-ups and counseling on dental hygiene. Due to the poor dental hygiene of the children from the orphanage, Mr. Balaram conducted a demonstration session for the right technique of brushing teeth and maintenance of oral hygiene for the children. Real Medicine Foundation provided toothbrushes and toothpaste for all the children from the orphanage.</p> <p>The program was organized by <span class="caps">PAN</span> and supported by <span class="caps">RMF</span>. The chief guests were Dr. Arjun Prasad Sapkota, Chief Public Health Administrator of District Public Health Office Kavre, Mr. Rajdas Kafle, President of <span class="caps">PAN</span>-Kavre district, and Mr. Purna Bahadur Karki of Help Nepal Network. They declared that a lot of locals from the area, and especially the children from Help Nepal Network Children’s Home, took advantage of the health camp. They also expressed that they will seek such cooperation from <span class="caps">RMF</span> in similar humanitarian activities. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Program Manager Mr. Ganesh Shrestha and Program Coordinator Ms. Pragya Gautam appreciated the success of the program and committed to assist in humanitarian events in the future. Earlier, <span class="caps">RMF</span> had also organized a program to distribute free wheelchairs and medical equipment to the health centers of Madan Kundari, Gothpani, Pokhari Chauri, Kolti, Birta Deurali, and Dhuseni Siwalaya Village Development Committees of Koshipari in Kavre District.&quot;</p> RMF Some refugees in Serbia fear government help would limit freedom 2017-07-25T06:05:11-07:00 2017-07-24T12:05:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59765812d4c96144e257112d/1111.JPG" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"><br /> (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen, AP)</p> <p><br /></p> <p>The refugees within Serbia feel that they are running out of options. <a href=""><span class="caps">RMF</span> has been responding to the refugee crisis since January 2016</a>, by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern. Our team works in and around the Belgrade city center, providing outreach medical care and referral services for secondary and tertiary care institutions. Read a small excerpt below of an <a href="">article featured in <em><span class="caps">USA</span> <span class="caps">TODAY</span></em></a> which contains a statement from a Real Medicine Foundation Serbia country team member.</p> <p>&#8220;In most European countries, refugees usually must stay in the country where they initially arrived. As a result, a common practice since 2015 is for refugees to avoid registering or providing fingerprints so they can reach their desired country in Europe and won&#8217;t be ordered to return to the nation where they first arrived.</p> <p><strong>That puts migrants in a Catch-22, said Kais Ayoubi of the Real Medicine Foundation, a U.S.-based charity that provides health care to refugees in Serbia.</strong></p> <p><strong>“The situation here is awful,” Ayoubi said. Migrants lack clean running water, toilets or electricity — and they burn garbage and tires to keep warm in the winter, harming their lungs, he said. “These people didn’t want to register with the authorities, therefore they don’t get help from the state.&quot;</strong></p> <p>The political climate doesn&#8217;t help. In April, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won the Serbian presidential election with 55% of the vote. He has pledged not to build a wall or close Serbia’s borders, like Hungary, but he also repeatedly vowed not to let the country become a “parking lot for illegal immigrants.” &quot;</p> ‘No policies in place for implementation of proper menstrual hygiene management conditions in Pakistan’ 2017-07-25T06:04:33-07:00 2017-07-24T12:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5977417aa0b5dd2094571617/Capture.JPG" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Educating young women about their bodies, and specifically menstruation, creates a culture of dignity and respect. In early 2015, Dr. Marni Sommer of Columbia University,<a href=""> in collaboration with Real Medicine Foundation</a>, and with funding from Grow N Know Inc (G&amp;K), launched a research study to explore how the onset of menstruation and puberty influences Pakistani girls’ school-going experiences, including school retention, and to develop the Pakistan Girls’ Puberty Book in line with G&amp;K’s model of similar puberty books in low and middle-income countries, with the aim to promote young women’s health and education during pubertal transitions.</p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is part of the Menstrual Hygiene Management (<span class="caps">MHM</span>) Working Group, which organized an event for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017. <a href=""><span class="caps">SAAMA</span> TV recently wrote about the event and how <span class="caps">RMF</span> is involved.</a></p> MOHP Skills Lab Handover to NAMS: June 26, 2017 2017-07-26T12:38:58-07:00 2017-07-18T07:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h6><span class="caps">RMF</span> Support to National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>)</h6> <p><img src="/assets/597746cfa0b5dd2094571a8f/IMG_3178.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/597746a1d4c96144e2577914/RMF_Nepal___MOHP_Skills_Lab_Handover___June_2017_Page_10.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p>Kathmandu, 26th July (Nagarik) &#8211; Real Medicine Foundation has handed over support and educational materials to Bir Hospital Nursing Campus, the nursing school of National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>). <span class="caps">RMF</span> Program Manager Ganesh Shrestha handed over the support to Prof. Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, Honorable Vice Chancellor of <span class="caps">NAMS</span> in a special ceremony.</p> <p>In the ceremony, Dr. Gurung highlighted the fact that initiation of the Midwifery Education Program at <span class="caps">NAMS</span> was long awaited and involved a lot of effort from many people. He explained that quality education can bring about remarkable changes in the health status of the country and the country should make arrangements so that the produced human resources can be utilized within the country.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> formally started operating in Nepal in 2015 and has been contributing to rescue relief during the disaster, as well as other health-related fields. This is the first academic year for the Bachelor of Midwifery education at <span class="caps">NAMS</span>, and 9 students have been enrolled in the program this year.</p> <p>Prof. Pramila Dewan, Campus Chief of Bir Hospital Nursing Campus appreciated the support of <span class="caps">RMF</span> for the smooth running of Midwifery Education Program and was convinced that <span class="caps">RMF</span> would collaborate with <span class="caps">NAMS</span> in the days to come.</p> Nagarik Daily 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>