Real Medicine’s presence in Pakistan began in October of 2005, after a massive earthquake struck the Northern region of the country, killing more than 80,000 people and causing devastation on an unprecedented scale. Many in the remote Himalayan valleys of this region were left without access to shelter, food and healthcare. The Real Medicine Foundation arrived shortly after, participating in the immediate relief efforts in the worst hit mountainous regions, with the longer term mission of setting up a permanent and sustainable clinic to assist the underserved population of this area. Since the program’s inception, three different medical outreach programs have been carried out to reach both earthquake and subsequent flooding victims and we now have a locally staffed permanent clinic operating in Talahatta, a collaboration between RMF and the Pakistani based Hashoo Foundation.
The clinic is currently the only comprehensive health care solution for the many surrounding communities in this region of Mansehra and operates 24/7 with a full time staff of 1 Doctor, 2 Nurses, 1 Nurse Assistant, 1 Medical Technician and a 4X4 equipped ambulance for emergencies and house calls. Sometimes seeing as many as 200 patients a day, more than 20,000 patients were diagnosed and treated in 2009. The clinic and its local staff have over the course of 4 years built a deep level of trust with the local population and become a vital part of their community. Beyond treating the immediate health care issues the clinic also engages in community health education outreach and focuses on educating the locals in the prevention of various communicable conditions and the recognition of symptoms for such common ailments as pneumonia.
To find out more about some of our projects, please click below:
- Healthcare Project, Union Council Talhatta, Balakot Tehsil, District Mansehra
- Completed Initiatives: