Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World 2017-03-19T12:16:24-07:00 Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru 2017-03-19T12:16:24-07:00 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.<br /> 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> RMF Peru Flood Response 2017-03-09T16:53:07-08:00 2017-02-10T16:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>During the week of January 23rd, widespread torrential rainfall created flooding across many South American countries, including Perú. The rainfall caused the local rivers of Perú to overflow, and also caused mudslides. Our <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú team quickly analyzed the effects of the flooding within the city center of Pisco, where RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano is located.</p> <p>Many families in the community were greatly affected by the flooding. RMF’s team began accepting donations of food, water, and clothing at our clinic, and has been distributing these to families in need. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú has also received donations of furniture and bedding for families whose houses were flooded.</p> <p><img src="/assets/58c1f8d9a0b5dd4be906ac5a/16387245_705496886288072_1468964174083659360_n.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works. 2017-02-27T18:46:54-08:00 2017-02-02T12:40:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.</a></p> <p>Catherine Cheney included part of Dr. Martina Fuchs&#8217; feedback on how Germany is aiding refugees in Part 2 of her article series for Devex: &#8220;German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.&#8221; She highlights how the number of refugees seeking shelter in Germany is growing and the social service benefits they will receive while there.</p> <blockquote> <p>By the end of 2016, more than two-third of refugees coming to Europe find shelter in Germany, and once they are registered, they receive the wide-ranging social services provided to German citizens, said <strong>Dr. Martina Fuchs</strong>, founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization Real Medicine Foundation.</p> </blockquote> Emergency Update: South Sudan Refugee Situation in Uganda, January 18-24 2017-01-31T11:56:10-08:00 2017-01-31T11:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Arrival Numbers Continue to Increase</h4> <p>In its latest update, the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> reports that <strong>12,889 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in just one week</strong>: January 18, 2017 to January 24, 2017. The report explains, &#8220;The arrival rate has continued to increase, with a daily average of 1,841 new arrivals, compared to 1,689 in the previous week.&#8221; New arrivals are being sent to Palorinya Settlement in Moyo district, which has received 56,947 refugees since December 9, 2016. Continued progress is reported in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement (where <span class="caps">RMF</span> is <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>/<span class="caps">OPM</span> Health Implementing Partner) and other locations.</p> <p><br /></p> <h5>Bidibidi Health update:</h5> <blockquote> <p>In Bidibidi, 10,621 outpatient consultations were conducted, among which 14% were members of the host population. The leading causes of illness were malaria (31%), Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (25%) and Acute Watery Diarrhea (10%). As in the previous week, eight cases of dysentery were reported. 160 mental health cases were registered in the settlement and are being followed up. On 20 January, a meningitis vaccination campaign commenced in Bidibidi with the aim of vaccinating the refugee population between 6 and 29 years of age.</p> </blockquote> UNHCR America Must Stand Up for Human Rights: Press Release January 29, 2017 2017-02-01T16:33:05-08:00 2017-01-29T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Nobody chooses to be a refugee. Nobody chooses to lose their home, livelihoods, culture and careers to go into the unknown. Half of the world’s 21.3 million refugees are children. These children have been witness to things that children should never be exposed to – the true horrors of the world. Welcoming refugees who are fleeing violence and terrorism is our duty as a human race, to help others in their time of need.</p> <p>On Friday, 27 January, President Trump signed executive orders suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, slashing refugee admissions by more than half and indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from access to American territory. The president’s orders place the U.S. in direct violation of Articles 32 and 33 of the Refugee Convention, which includes the principles of no-refoulment: that no contracting state shall expel a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his or her life or freedom would be threatened.</p> <p>Refugees deserve equal protection, assistance and opportunities for resettlement regardless of their religion, nationality or race. Those fleeing conflict zones and persecution must be protected through the implementation of safe and secure resettlement and immigration programs and receive fair treatment. Such programs save the lives of the most vulnerable and enrich and strengthen host societies as well. Refugees have helped to build America. It was only 41 years ago when Vietnamese refugees came to America after the Vietnam war and since, have made significant contributions to America’s entrepreneurship.</p> <p>The U.S. vetting process for prospective refugees is already robust involving biometric screening and up to 36 months of vetting by 12 to 15 government agencies. These processes are in place to ensure the country has a clear understanding of every refugee’s background and can pinpoint any links to known radical organizations.</p> <p>At a time when there are record-breaking levels of refugee flow around the world and we are facing the largest displacement since the Second World War, now is not the time for America to renounce its leadership role as a sanctuary.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is deeply concerned by President Trump’s move to restrict refugee arrivals and urges the U.S. not to turn its back on refugees – we all have a moral obligation to help. We call on the nation to demonstrate global leadership and share in our global responsibility to provide refuge to the most vulnerable, regardless of religion or nationality.</p> <p>Depriving families of safety based on their religion or country of origin is irresponsible and immoral, putting innocent lives – especially children – at risk and there is no proof that doing so would make Americans safer.</p> <p>This is a call to elected leaders to oppose these measures. America must stand up for human rights and the principles of respect, safety and dignity for all. We must stand for freedom and hope and rise against fear because it is only together that we can overcome.</p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation – Liberating Human Potential.</p> RMF RMF Serbia Team Interviewed by National News 2017-01-27T11:05:38-08:00 2017-01-26T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h4>The Blistering Cold</h4> <p>Refugees and asylum seekers throughout Serbia are now experiencing the blistering cold of winter. A national news station recently interviewed <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Pejkovic.</p> <p>The translation is below:</p> <p>1:13-1:21</p> <p><em>Reporter:</em></p> <p><strong>Numerous volunteers from the nongovernmental organization are providing protection for refugees 24 hours a day. On winter days, they have more work to do.  </strong></p> <p>1:21-1:38</p> <p><em> Daniel Pejković:</em></p> <p><strong>“This weather favors development of respiratory infections, and that’s something they get very often. Other than that, we had multiple frostbite cases. Some of those cases were 2 to 3-year-old children.” </strong></p> <p>1:38-1:46</p> <p><strong>“We also had cases of refugees that have scabies, refugees that have body lice. Skin diseases are very common; that’s something we see throughout the whole year.”</strong></p> Starting Bachelor in Midwifery program in Nepal is a milestone: UNFPA 2017-01-19T08:11:56-08:00 2017-01-13T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Midwifery Education</h4> <h5>Providing a well-rounded program</h5> <p><br /></p> <p>Since early 2016, <span class="caps">RMF</span> has joined with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population (<span class="caps">MOHP</span>), <span class="caps">UNFPA</span>, <span class="caps">WHO</span>, and <span class="caps">GIZ</span> to support urgently needed midwifery education in Nepal. <strong>As one of the external development partners for the project, RMF’s specific contributions will include creating a database for the Nepal Nursing Council, providing a full-time international mentor to the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>), providing scholarships, and supplying learning materials, equipment, and a skills lab to <span class="caps">NAMS</span>.</strong> <span class="caps">RMF</span> also brings unique expertise to the project, having initiated, co-founded, and continuously supported South Sudan’s first accredited college of nursing and midwifery: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (<span class="caps">JCONAM</span>).</p> RMF Top US Diplomat Commends RMF’s Work in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement - January 6, 2017 2017-01-12T07:31:19-08:00 2017-01-12T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Ambassador&#8217;s Onsite Visit to Refugee Settlement</h4> <h5>Understanding and Compassion for Daily Challenges of Bidibidi</h5> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac, has applauded <span class="caps">RMF</span> for our health care program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda. The ambassador, who visited the settlement on January 6th, 2017, had the <strong>desire to extend the compassion of the American people to refugees living in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</strong> and to personally experience and appreciate the challenges faced by refugees on a daily basis.</p> <p>Ambassador Malac visited some of the health facilities operated by <span class="caps">RMF</span> in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement and appreciated the fact that amidst a mountain of challenges, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> has been able to set up a healthcare system that directly serves more than 272,206 refugees fleeing from the turmoil in South Sudan</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> is an official <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>-<span class="caps">OPM</span> Health Implementing Partner responsible for providing primary health care to the refugees and host communities of Bidibidi and Kiryandongo refugee settlements in Uganda.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <h5>Challenges of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Appreciated by the Envoy</h5> <ul> <li>Lack of running water in health facilities</li> <li>Shortage of ambulances</li> <li>Temporary structures serving as health facilities</li> <li>Lack of staff accommodation</li> <li>Reduced food rations for refugees</li> <li>Lack of education/vocational training facilities for refugees</li> <li>Lack of livelihood programs</li> </ul> <p>Ambassador Malac pledged to lobby the American government and the international community for support. She was accompanied by Todd F. Buchwald, Special Coordinator, Office of Global Criminal Justice; Bornwell Kantande, <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Representative in Uganda; and Uganda’s Hon. Musa Ecweru, State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, among others.</p> RMF UGANDA: South Sudan Refugee Situation (Info-Graphic) 2017-01-10T12:52:29-08:00 2017-01-09T12:45:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>646,115</strong><br /> South Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country</p> <p><strong>407,343</strong><br /> South Sudan new arrivals since July 2016</p> RMF Strong Organisations Have a Very Strong Why with Martina Fuchs Founder and CEO of Real Medicine Foundation 2017-01-04T06:18:02-08:00 2017-01-04T06:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/586cff6ba0b5dd05d44480fa/_DSC3148.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br/></p> <h4><a href="">Listen to the full podcast</a></h4> <h5>featuring the Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Real Medicine Foundation Dr. Martina Fuchs</h5> <blockquote> <p>Dr. Martina Fuchs is the founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>), a non-profit organization providing humanitarian support and development to people in disaster- and poverty-stricken areas of the world. She brings a unique perspective to the aid and development community; that of a trained and practiced physician, specializing in pediatrics.</p> </blockquote> <h5>Entrepreneurial Role Models:</h5> <p>Richard Branson <br /> Nelson Mandela <br /> Ghandi <br /> <br/></p> <h5>When business started difficulties overcame:</h5> <p>“Being committed to growing, the most important in my life is the commitment to growing, as a person in business and being the best person of who you can be”…[Listen for More] <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Favourite Books:</h5> <p>Raise Your Vibration: 111 Practices to Increase Your Spiritual Connection Book by Kyle Gray <br /> The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book by Stephen R. Covey <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Favourite Quote:</h5> <p>“It always seems impossible until it is done “Mandela“<br /> There’s little we cannot do if we do it together” <span class="caps">JFK</span> <br /> “Just do it” Nike <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Recommended Online Resources:</h5> <p>News sources <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Best Advice to Other Entrepreneurs:</h5> <p>“Follow your passion, follow your instinct and do not take no as an answer”…[Listen for More] <br /> <br/></p> <h5>More About Martina Fuchs:</h5> <p><a href="">Real Medicine Foundation</a><br /> <br/></p> <h5>Neil’s Quote at the Beginning:</h5> <p>“For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. The more you look the more you see.” Robert M. Pirsig <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Other Quotes From the Chat with Martina Fuchs:</h5> <p>“People do what you do not what you say” <br /> “Listen to the people that really want to empower him and not the people who know everything better” <br /> “You have to follow what makes you happy” <br /> “You cannot choose what comes into your life, but you can choose your reaction” <br /> “Most people are on auto pilot” <br /> “Leaders eat last” <br /> “Strong organisations have a very strong why”</p> <p>Get daily podcast interviews with successful entrepreneurs by clicking <a href="">|The Entrepreneur Way</a></p> RMF in Nepali News: Arupokhari Aid Praised by Locals 2017-01-17T06:59:49-08:00 2016-12-30T06:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Translation: Villagers’ Beloved Clinic!</h4> <h5>Publication: Daraudi National Daily<br /> Author: Santosh Adhikari<br /> Date: December 16, 2016</h5> <p><img src="/assets/587e3041d4c96175f8031ef3/1.png" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>Mr. Motilal Shrestha, a 96-year-old man from Arupokhari 2, reached clinic out of breath. It took him 15 minutes walking uphill from Arupokhari 1, Saat Dobate to reach the clinic, which is operated by Real Medicine Foundation in coordination with the villagers.</strong> He is also the oldest person in the village. After taking a rest when he reached the clinic, he told us, “With old age, I am suffering from asthma and cold coughs. I am here to get a checkup with the doctor.” Health worker Bishnu Sharma is the “doctor” that Mr. Shrestha is talking about. Including Mr. Shrestha, dozens of villagers also come there to receive health services at the clinic.</p> <p>A local resident, Ram Bahadur Baram, says,</p> <blockquote> <p>“If there was no Bishnu, sir, many of the villagers would die a premature death. In fact, there is a government health post here, but it is too far. Health workers are also not always available in the health post. So, either we have to go to Arughat or to Gorkha Bazar. This clinic has saved many people’s lives here.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The <span class="caps">RMF</span> clinic’s two other staff members, Mr. Sharma and Staff Nurse Binita Sapkota, are providing 24-hour service to people, says Baram.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been providing services since last January in the building, which they renovated after it was damaged by the earthquake.</strong> The villagers provided the land for the building in which the foundation is operating. Real Medicine Foundation says that it is planning to work for five years in the village in health and other sectors: <strong>“Until now, we have been serving the people here only through this clinic, but now we will also help with the livelihood of the people here. We are preparing to bring forward different projects after assessing the needs of the people and receiving project ideas from the locals. We have the help and support of the people for the clinic we are running. Our organization works by request of the people,”</strong> said the representative of Real Medicine Foundation Nepal, Mr. Ganesh Shrestha. While buying medicines in the clinic, patients pay 25 percent less than the price marked on the packet.</p> <p>Mr. Bishnu Sharma, the clinic in-charge, informed us that the money received from the sale of medicines is spent in the presence of the committee that was formed while establishing the clinic. The chairman of the management committee said that the money for the medicine is collected in order to continue the services even after help from Real Medicine Foundation stops. He said that the clinic is available for the people, whether they are injured by the earthquake or they get sick at other times.</p> <p>According to Ale, since the government health post is not suitably located and the health worker is not always available, people love this clinic. A new building is being built after the clinic’s building was damaged by the earthquake. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is building the new building for the clinic. The land for the building was made available by the community, said Mr. Shrestha, who is the Nepal Program Manager for <span class="caps">RMF</span>. Mr. Shrestha had just discussed the new building and the new programs of Real Medicine Foundation with the community.</strong></p> <p>According to Mr. Shrestha, the clinic is being built with a birthing center too. But the villagers would like a birthing center with a lab. People from Arupokhari, Pandrung, Panch Khuwa Deurali wards 2 &amp; 1, and Tandrang <span class="caps">VDC</span> are the ones who benefit from the clinic.</p> <p>Original article:</p> <p><img src="/assets/587e30c1a0b5dd08a9032d1f/2.png" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF RMF in Nepali News: Kavre District 2017-01-17T06:49:27-08:00 2016-12-30T06:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Translation: Wheelchair Distribution in Madan Kundari</h4> <h5>Publication: Kavre Post<br /> Date: December 4, 2016</h5> <p><img src="/assets/587e2d72edb2f32e39033b5e/newspaper_photo.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /> <em>Madan Kundari –</em> Wheelchairs have been distributed in a remote village of the Kavre district: Madan Kundari. On Friday, December 2nd, 2016, wheelchairs were distributed to 9 physically disabled people of Madan Kundari. The program, organized by the Madan Kundari Health Post, was chaired by Mr. Jhamka Gautam, the chairperson of the Health Post Management Committee. The program was conducted by the chief of the health post, Mr. Tej Bahadur Ghising.</p> <p><strong>Mr. Ganesh Shrestha was the chief guest and the program administrator. He is the Nepal representative for the organization that donated the wheelchairs, Real Medicine Foundation. Mr. Shrestha expressed his happiness to be able to provide medical supplies and equipment to remote areas east of Koshi in Kavre district.</strong></p> <p>The chairman of Madan Kundari Health Post, Mr. Jhamka Gautam, expressed that he expects to receive similar humanitarian help from Real Medicine Foundation in the days to come as well. The program administrator and representative of Real Medicine Foundation, Mr. Ganesh Shrestha, has committed to providing assistance on the request. <strong>He also informed us of the five-year plan being developed to benefit 8 Village Development Committees (VDCs) east of Koshi in Kavre district.</strong></p> <p>The physically disabled, their guardians, and their representatives were provided with 7 wheelchairs, and the 2 individuals who were not able to be present at the program received wheelchairs when representatives visited their homes. Also, 5 wheelchairs were previously distributed through the assistance of Real Medicine Foundation in Dhuseni Shivalaya. Similarly, we were informed that wheelchairs were also sent to Gothpani, Pokhari Chauri, Kotali, and Birta Deurali through the program.</p> <p>During the program, the welcome speech was given by Mr. Norbu Lama, a member of the Madan Kundari Health Post Management Committee. Mr. Basudev Dhakal, Chief of Gothpani Health Post, praised the humanitarian support. Similarly, Mr. Balkrishna Gautam, acting Chief of Dhuseni Shivalaya Health Post who works as a coordinator for a medical equipment distribution program in the Koshi area, praised the exemplary role played by Real Medicine Foundation after a massive earthquake.</p> <p>Original article:</p> <p><img src="/assets/587e2579d4c96175f80319d7/Wheelchair_Distribution_in_Madan_Kudari_Nepali_Kavrepost_Daily_4_Dec_2016.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF Activate Amazon Smile to Support RMF 2017-03-18T13:55:45-07:00 2016-12-27T09:35:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5862a518a0b5dd05d43ef7ae/Peru_Chocolatada_2016.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><strong>Customers Shop. Amazon Gives.</strong></p> <p>When you choose Real Medicine Foundation as your charity of choice for AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to <span class="caps">RMF</span>.</p> <p><strong>Change Your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization</strong></p> <p>On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.</p> <p><strong>To change your charitable organization:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Sign in to <a href=""></a> on your desktop or mobile phone browser.</li> <li>From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.</li> <li>Select a new charitable organization to support. Search for &#8220;Real Medicine Foundation&#8221; to support <span class="caps">RMF</span> through your Amazon purchases.</li> </ol> <p>For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to <a href=""></a></p> RMF