Real Medicine Foundation Stories of RMF Involvement Around the World 2019-01-25T12:41:29-08:00 Independence Day Around the World 2018-07-05T10:41:38-07:00 2018-07-04T05:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5b3acf3f23f8123b70068414/m_photo/4th_of_july_blur_bokeh_450301.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The Fourth of July has been celebrated in the United States of America since independence was declared from the British Empire in 1776. The day is commemorated with many traditions, including backyard barbeques, fireworks, parades, and displaying the national flag.</p> <p>While Real Medicine Foundation’s headquarters are based in the US, we are a global organization with more than 1,500 team members in 19 countries around the world. As our team in the US celebrates the 4th of July, our teams in Perú and Uganda look forward to upcoming celebrations.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b3ad02d407808211703159c/m_photo/Parada_Militar.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Perú&#8217;s Military Parade</em></p> <p>Perú, gained its independence from Spain in 1821, and Independence Day is celebrated on July 28 throughout the country, in commemoration of the declaration of independence in Lima and again on July 29, in honor of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Perú and the National Police of Perú.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b3ad02d40780820ed3e172a/m_photo/Escarapelas.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Rosettes to be Worn</em></p> <p>There are many cultural traditions to celebrate Independence Day in Perú. Some of these include displaying the national flag on homes and buildings, wearing the rosette, attending a national mass, the presidential speech, school and military parades, and gastronomic fairs. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú’s team celebrates together by taking part in some of these customs, such as wearing the rosette and also by enjoying a camaraderie-filled lunch together.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b3acde940780820fb0bf344/m_photo/mounment.JPG" alt="" /><br /> <em>Uganda&#8217;s Independence Monument</em></p> <p>Uganda’s national Independence Day is celebrated on October 9. Uganda gained its independence in 1962 from Great Britain. There are various celebrations across the country’s 121 districts, and a national celebration is always held in the capital city of Kampala, where the president gives a speech. Ugandans celebrate with many diverse cultural traditions, including native dance demonstrations, flag flying, and festivals. There is also a famous Independence Monument in Kampala that celebrates Uganda’s independence.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b3acde240780820ed3e161d/m_photo/celebrating_together.JPG" alt="" /><br /> <em>Joint Team Kampala, Bidibidi and Kiryandongo</em></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> Uganda’s team always joins with the government at the regional level to celebrate Independence Day. For example, all of our staff in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement join the Office of the Prime Minister (<span class="caps">OPM</span>) and <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> to celebrate Independence Day with our partners in the settlement. In the same way, our staff members in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement also join the Office of the Prime Minister (<span class="caps">OPM</span>) and celebrate in Bidibidi. <br /> <img src="/assets/5b3acf3e23f8123b5e28ba1a/m_photo/2016_december_31_firework_3869.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>RMF’s teams celebrate different independence days around the world, each reflecting unique cultures and traditions. While our celebrations and histories may differ, we share the same love of freedom and desire to build a better world together. Here’s to freedom, and here’s to RMF’s work, created and lived out by our diverse teams.</p> Lindsey Mills A Day with RMF Serbia 2018-06-26T11:26:42-07:00 2018-06-26T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123b700590c0/RMF_Serbia_1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br></p> <h5>Background</h5> <p>According to the most recent data, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants increased slightly in Serbia, with <strong>4,273 counted on December 24, 2017.</strong> Of these, around 3,999 were accommodated in one of five asylum centers or thirteen reception centers, with Obrenovac Transit Centre being one of the largest and accomodating around 700 people.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia’s mobile clinic is stationed in this shelter, where our team operates 7 days of the week, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> mobile medical team, consisting of <strong>two doctors, one cultural mediator/translator, and one driver,</strong> provides primary healthcare services, and up to 60 consultations can be facilitated per shift.</p> <p>In addition to resolving medical problems on the spot at our mobile clinic, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia is responsible for <strong>coordinating healthcare provision</strong> for the refugees*. Working in close cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Health and other NGOs such as Crisis Response and Policy Centre and Danish Refugee Council, we are managing the referral of patients to secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities. This means that every day of the week, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., <strong>we provide transportation and escort services and also advocate for refugee patients’ rights.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123bb10041d9/RMF_Serbia_2.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em><span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia team on the way to Obrenovac refugee camp</em></p> <p><br></p> <h5>First Shift</h5> <p>As mentioned above, first shifts are spent in secondary and tertiary facilities, and they are reserved for specialist examinations and certain diagnostic procedures. The beauty of these shifts—although they can be tiresome because of all the waiting and the lack of organization and a systematic approach in treating refugee patients (at some of the hospitals, not all)—is <strong>the time we spend with our patients</strong>. Here we are given a chance to talk, listen to their stories, and understand where they are coming from and what has driven them to seek for a better future so far away from home. These shifts also bring a unique sense of fulfillment when we succeed in hospitalizing a seriously ill patient and the <strong>feeling of gratification</strong> because we have done everything in our power to provide the best possible care.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123b5e22abce/RMF_Serbia_3.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em><span class="caps">RMF</span> medical officer greeting patients during first shift</em></p> <p><br></p> <h5>Second Shift</h5> <p>Compared with first shifts, <strong>second shifts are surely more dynamic and fun, but they can also get extremely stressful</strong>. The majority of our patients are young men in their twenties and early thirties, and they are usually both mentally and physically well-adapted to hard living conditions, since they have already been through a lot in the moment when they reach Serbia.</p> <p>The most common pathology in this population is skin and respiratory infections, as well as all sorts of injuries, especially in those who have just managed (or tried) to cross the borders of neighboring countries. During attempts to cross the borders, refugees spend up to several days in forests with no access to clean water, food, or shelter. They return in poor shape, often beaten by the police. The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia team is <strong>well trained and very efficient</strong> in handling these kinds of medical conditions, and in just a couple of days most of the patients are fully recovered.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123bc4003ec7/RMF_Serbia_4.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>Patients waiting for examination in front of <span class="caps">RMF</span> mobile clinic</em></p> <p><br> Sometimes, <strong>our patients are members of more vulnerable groups</strong>—either a person suffering from a chronic condition or children, most often young boys from thirteen to sixteen years of age. In the cases of unaccompanied minors or persons with disabilities, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia has the duty to notify the Centre for Social Work.</p> <p>When dealing with such patients, we are <strong>always cautious</strong> not to miss a significant symptom or sign of a serious illness. What we also always try to keep in mind is the <strong>psychological trauma</strong> they might have been through and the specific approach that is needed.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123b9a0075a1/RMF_Serbia_5.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <em>A patient from Afghanistan with a blast injury</em></p> <p><br> The whole <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia team is well aware of the role that <strong>true compassion and understanding play</strong> when approaching an individual that underwent a form of emotional distress, and that is why we are giving our best to show our patients that we are here for them, not just when they are suffering from physical trauma, but also when they are battling with mental issues that often accompany it. And sometimes, <strong>a sincere smile is the best medication and the greatest victory</strong>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327be723f8123b8a01384e/RMF_Serbia_6.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="/assets/5b327bee23f8123b9a0075a4/RMF_Serbia_7.jpg" alt="" /></p> Dr. Mina Novaković World Refugee Day 2018-06-20T07:00:56-07:00 2018-06-19T20:20:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Our Friendship</h4> <h5>Working Together</h5> <p><br/> Ebadat Faiz Koche is an <strong>18-year-old refugee from Afghanistan</strong>, residing in the Obrenovac refugee camp 30 km southwest of Belgrade, where <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia’s mobile clinic is stationed.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5b29c68a40780820ed2a2b3c/Europe_Serbia_RefugeeSupport_Ebadat_WorldRefugeeDay_2018_1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br/> We first met Ebadat about eight months ago, when one of his friends got sick. He was accompanying him to our clinic and <strong>helping us with translation</strong>, since the boy didn’t speak any other language besides Pashto. <strong>Ebadat was always kind, and the smile never left his face.</strong> As his English-speaking skills were exceptional, Ebadat’s assistance really meant a lot to us, not just in terms of taking an adequate anamnesis (medical history) but also in explaining the importance of the prescribed therapy and following doctors’ advice.</p> <p>Ebadat became a great cultural mediator between <span class="caps">RMF</span> medical officers and some of the Pashto-speaking patients, always cheerful and ready to help. Sometimes, when we could take some time, we would chat a bit, and <strong>he would tell us about his plans of going to the UK, reuniting with his family and fiancée, and continuing his education.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/5b29c69240780820fb08189a/Europe_Serbia_RefugeeSupport_Ebadat_WorldRefugeeDay_2018_2.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>A Friend in Need</h4> <h5>Recovering from Pneumonia</h5> <p><br/> One day, <strong>Ebadat came to the <span class="caps">RMF</span> mobile clinic feeling week and unwell</strong>, with a persistent cough and high fever. <span class="caps">RMF</span> doctors immediately performed a full physical examination and concluded that the most probable cause of his symptoms was a lung infection. He was immediately given the appropriate medication, but he wasn’t getting any better. The cough became more severe, and the fever didn’t subside although he was given first-line antibiotics together with symptomatic treatment. He was constantly feeling fatigued, and in a couple of days, he lost his appetite and started losing weight.</p> <p><strong>RMF’s team swiftly responded.</strong> First, Ebadat was scheduled for a chest x-ray, and in the same day blood tests were run. <span class="caps">RMF</span> was determined to make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist as soon as possible, making sure that no valuable time was wasted. In the course of just a few days we had the results, and Ebadat was examined by a pulmonologist at the Institute of Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis. He was suffering from <strong>a serious case of pneumonia</strong>, which affected a great part of his right lung and was resistant to the conventional medication; hence, second-line antibiotics were introduced.</p> <p>This time the <strong>treatment was successful</strong>. It quickly caused a reduction of symptoms—the cough was weakening and the fever was gone. Ebadat was recovering well. He was no longer tired or exhausted, and he regained his weight and was back to being his cheerful self. <strong>He still often comes by the <span class="caps">RMF</span> clinic, sometimes for a regular check-up and sometimes just to say “Hi” and thank us for the help we provided.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/5b29c69a40780820ed2a2bb7/Europe_Serbia_RefugeeSupport_Ebadat_WorldRefugeeDay_2018_3.jpg" alt="" /></p> Dr. Mina Novaković Happy Mother's Day 2018-05-13T08:41:08-07:00 2018-05-13T08:40:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5af6409823f812647e0f2898/Blogheader.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Precious and Difficult</h4> <h5>Finding the Balance in Motherhood</h5> <p><br/> Before the sun has a chance to rise, children around the world are climbing onto their sleeping mothers’ backs, pulling their hair, and begging for breakfast. That is, of course, if these mothers have not already been up for an hour or two catching up on chores or nursing an infant who has yet to understand the difference between night and day. Such moments of motherhood, both sweet and exhausting, precious and difficult, exemplify the whole of the experience—the balance. Motherhood is full of contradicting experiences and emotions. With joys come sorrows, with intensity comes boredom, and with great importance comes little recognition. And still, mothers press on.</p> <p>They persevere because without mothers to nurture, educate, and love our children, what hope do we have for the future? It&#8217;s the children who will care for us all when we are old, who will decide whether to start wars or make peace, to exploit the vulnerable or to empower them. Mothers hold powerful positions to influence the world. <strong>And so, we at <span class="caps">RMF</span> want to say thank you to all the mothers who use their power to love, nurture, and grow their children into what we need more of in the world.</strong></p> <p><img src="/assets/5af75f3040780855c1161390/Mama_Kevina.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Motherhood is Beyond Giving Birth</h4> <h5>Stepping into the Lives of Children <br /> <br/></h5> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> wants to thank all women who engage in the act of mothering. <strong>Every woman who cares for a child in need of compassion, teaching them to be kind, strong, and intelligent, is a mother in her own right.</strong> Mothers step into the lives of children who are motherless. Such as those caring for and educating the orphans at Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School in Eastern Uganda. Or those at the Nepal Children’s Organization orphanages supporting children, some of whose parents were killed in the 2015 earthquake.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af75dea23f812647e0ffa3e/India__2_.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Caring for Mothers in Return</h4> <h5>Treating the Whole Person<br /> <br/></h5> <p>With an understanding of the immense role that mothers have in the care of our world, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> acknowledges the great need to care for mothers in return.</strong> In keeping with RMF’s commitment to treating the person as a whole, we are seeking to meet the specific needs of mothers in areas of nutrition, economic stability, and access to quality prenatal, antenatal, and postnatal care.</p> <p>First, we are striving to help make mothering possible by decreasing the maternal death rate in places like South Sudan, where maternal mortality is the highest in the world at 1 in 7 live births. Through Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, we’re training nurses and midwives to facilitate healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries.</p> <p>Next, with the help of highly motivated midwives and health care providers, <span class="caps">RMF</span> is providing nutrition education, prenatal care, safe deliveries, and postnatal follow-ups in places such as the Panyadoli Health Centres in Uganda, Swat Health Centre in Pakistan, and in our more than 30 health centers in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bidibidi, Uganda.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af7664940780855c1161dd4/Kalibai.jpg" alt="" /><br /> A woman, successfully treated by CNEs, smiling with her husband and healthy baby girl<br /> <br/> In India, RMF’s Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) educate families and communities about maternal and child health by using flipbooks in one-on-one and single family counseling sessions. <span class="caps">CNE</span> Akila discovered, diagnosed, and facilitated the treatment of a woman’s severe anemic condition, saving the lives of the woman and her unborn child. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl in January of 2017. Read her incredible story <a href="">here.</a></p> <p>Furthermore, at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Bweyale, Uganda, <strong>mothers are achieving economic stability</strong> through entrepreneurial skills learned at the <span class="caps">RMF</span> initiated Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute.</p> <blockquote> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> has empowered me to manage my motherhood responsibilities. They gave me an opportunity to train in Hairdressing at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute. The skills I acquired have now helped to earn money which is helping me to provide for my children.-Akongo Mary Avalino</p> </blockquote> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is working to empower mothers around the globe to be healthy, economically stable, and to live up to their greatest potential. Join us. This Mother’s Day, consider giving to <span class="caps">RMF</span> so that together we may tip the balance of motherhood toward prosperity and joy.</p> Danielle Etter Celebrating Motherhood 2018-05-09T13:09:35-07:00 2018-05-08T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5af251ce40780855e500d450/monica_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Alobo Monic</h4> <h5>Sacrificing for the Children</h5> <p><br/></p> <p><span class="caps">ALOBO</span> <span class="caps">MONIC</span> is a refugee from South Sudan. She is a member the Village Health Teams collaborating with <span class="caps">RMF</span> to promote good health and living habits in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. She also serves as a coach in RMF’s Sports Development Program.</p> <p>“Being a mother is beyond giving birth. As a mother I hold a lot of responsibilities, taking care of the whole family and sacrificing a lot for the wellbeing of the children. I have to forego visiting other places for the sake of my children. I sacrifice other fashionable things for the sake of my children.</p> <p>Just hearing my daughter call me ‘Mummy’ gives me a lot of joy. I struggle alone with my daughter since her father is in captivity in South Sudan, so sometimes I feel so sad when I see her lonely as other children are with all their parents.</p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation has enabled me to manage my roles as a mother. The incentives I am given as an <span class="caps">HHT</span> and a coach have helped me to fend for my daughter for food and education and other basic needs.</p> <p>Raising my child in Uganda is quite difficult, because in South Sudan I had a lot of land to cultivate all the crops I wanted, unlike here. My hope for my child is to provide a good education.”</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af251d840780855d1037601/max_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Namatovu Maxensia</h4> <h5>Considering the Child First</h5> <p><br/></p> <p>“I am <span class="caps">NAMATOVU</span> <span class="caps">MAXENSIA</span>, and I am a Ugandan. I am a mother of one: Nantongo Shiella Mary. I work with Real Medicine Foundation as an instructor in Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute in the Department of Tailoring and Garment Cutting. Being a mother needs too much sacrifice, because in all that you have to do you have to consider the child first. You have to forego other opportunities that may be good for you, but not good for the mother. My daughter gives me a lot of happiness, and she is the reason why I try to work so hard.</p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation has enabled me to fulfill my responsibility as a mother. For instance, it enables me to pay school fees for my child and pay for other basic needs. My hope for my child is for her to become a doctor since it has been her dream.”</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af251dc40780855c1107380/abalo_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Abalo Pasquina</h4> <h5>Managing Family as a Single Mother</h5> <p><br/></p> <p>“I am <span class="caps">ABALO</span> <span class="caps">PASQUINA</span>, a single mother with one child called Noel Luis. I am a refugee from South Sudan living in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.</p> <p>I am proud to be a mother because every day when I wake up and see my son growing, it gives me strength to work very hard. Being a mother has made me to be patient in life, because a child has his way of controlling the pace at which I would like things to work out. For instance, in situations where I would not have cooked, but I have to cook for Luis because he will demand food when he returns from school. So as a mother, I have to make sure that I have budgeted time to cook food at home. Whether I have money to buy the food or not, the child expects food.</p> <p>There is a lot I learn from my son. I did know English, but my son, Luis, who studying at St. Bakhita Primary School (one of the schools in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement) is teaching me some words of English. This makes our evening hours interesting in our hut. I have someone to laugh with. A child brings consolation to the heart.</p> <p>The sorrowful moment is when my son asks me for his father. We were separated by war, so I don’t know whether he is still alive or dead. That question just brings a lot of sadness in my heart, and yet I can’t stop him from asking. When the child demands for special food and I don’t have money to buy it, it is a sorrowful moment. Also, managing a family as a single mother without any reliable source of income is stressful. But at least if my husband was also present we could share these troubles of parenting. My hope for my child is he can grow health and study.&quot;</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af251cd40780855d10375f6/comfort_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Yikiru Comfort</h4> <h5>Raising Children in Uganda</h5> <p><br/></p> <p>&#8220;My name is <span class="caps">YIKIRU</span> <span class="caps">COMFORT</span>, and I am a mother of two children: Madut Ran and Liech Ran. I am a hairdresser, and I attained this training from Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute under the sponsorship of <span class="caps">RMF</span>.</p> <p>I feel good being a mother, because these children make me strong in terms of looking for opportunities. I don’t give up in life because of my children. In addition, our marriage makes meaning because we have children, but if we had no children and things get tough, one could easily walk away. But for the sake of children, one has to compromise and withstand the struggles. Even when I am living in the refugee settlement, I find peace in my children as I look at them. As a mother, you need to understand your children, because sometimes they can behave in a naughty way, and as a mother, I have to be patient and correct them and give them guidance not only for the moment, but guidance for life.</p> <p>Raising my children here in Uganda is so good compared to South Sudan; the weather in in my country is too hot and the type of food is not favorable. Uganda is very good because of a variety of food and the weather is favorable. My children can speak good English, which helps them to communicate easily with their peers. Uganda is peaceful compared to the horrible situation in South Sudan, which is not good for upbringing children. My hope for my children is to build for them a house in Uganda.&quot;</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af251cf40780855f7004f9f/mary_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Akongo Mary Avalino</h4> <h5>Healing from Trauma Together</h5> <p><br/></p> <p>&#8220;I am <span class="caps">AKONGO</span> <span class="caps">MARY</span> <span class="caps">AVALINO</span>, a mother of two children. To me, motherhood needs time. As a mother, I have learned that children need me to spend time with them. Not specific time, but full time. The more time I spend with my children, the healthier they grow. The challenge is balancing time to look for money for survival and creating time for children. For me as a refugee, my children need more play therapy with me, the mother, so that we heal ourselves from the trauma we have. My children don’t feel confident when I am not with them. They have little trust in their surroundings, but I know it is the effect of the trauma from the war in South Sudan. So as a mother, I am supposed to provide time for them.</p> <p>The sorrows in motherhood are lack of money to provide for the basic needs of the children. Children have demands they want you to provide. Their demands are a must. For instance, when a child demands a ball and that is what the child wants, the child attaches a lot meaning to that. When I fail to provide, then I feel very sad, because I feel a failure if I don’t get a ball for my children. If I were not a refugee, I would not have failed getting a ball for my children. Parenting as a refugee is really hard.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> has empowered me to manage my motherhood responsibilities. They gave me an opportunity to train in hairdressing at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute. The skills I acquired have now helped to earn some money, which is helping me to provide for my children. My hope for my children is a good education.&quot;</p> <p><img src="/assets/5af251cd40780855c1107364/irene_edit_no_watermark.jpg" alt="" /></p> <h4>Atuherize Irene</h4> <h5>Hoping for the Future</h5> <p><br/></p> <p>&#8220;My name is <span class="caps">ATUHERIZE</span> <span class="caps">IRENE</span>, and I am a staff member of <span class="caps">RMF</span>. I have worked as a Sanitary Officer since 2015. I am a mother of one. I came to <span class="caps">RMF</span> as a single lady, but after working for two years, I spotted a fiancé and eventually became a mother of Emmanuel Muhumuza, my son who is two years old now.</p> <p>I am so happy being a mother, because it is a unique opportunity. Nothing gives me joy and happiness like my son. It is just fun having a baby. The sad moment in motherhood is when my son is sick—spending the night without sleep because my baby is crying.</p> <p>Working with <span class="caps">RMF</span> is favorable for me as a mother. When I was pregnant, I was given maternity leave, and if my baby is sick, my team understands the situation. I work, and I have productive time with my son. The salary I get from <span class="caps">RMF</span> also helps to provide basic needs for my son.</p> <p>The hopes I have for my son are: Taking him to good schools to acquire education, having some savings for his health, and making sure that he reaches his dreams.&quot;</p> RMF World Malaria Day 2018-04-25T13:45:15-07:00 2018-04-24T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5adf763b23f8121d321d9174/m_photo/IMG_6276.JPG" alt="" /><br /> <br></p> <h4>Malaria is a Preventable and Treatable Disease</h4> <h5>Many Lack Access to Necessary Resources</h5> <p>Infectious disease epidemics happen all over the world every year. In the United States, October comes around and we start hearing about flu season. Many of us head to our local pharmacy or doctor’s office to get a flu vaccine with some hope that it will keep us protected during the winter months when influenza seems to be at its worst. In the event that we do get the flu, we have access to medication that helps alleviate symptoms, shorten the duration of illness, and prevent serious complications. Having quick and easy access to preventative vaccinations and medical treatment is something a lot of us take for granted in the US. However, many people around the globe do not have these life-saving measures readily available.<br /> <br></p> <p>Malaria, for example, is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through mosquitoes. Much like influenza, it is both preventable and treatable. Unfortunately, many families in developing countries do not have access to the proper preventative measures such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets, insecticide sprays, and anti-malarial drugs. The number of people infected with malaria each year is on the rise. According to <span class="caps">WHO</span>, “In 2016, there were an estimated <strong>216 million cases</strong> of malaria in <strong>91 countries</strong>. Malaria deaths reached <strong>445,000</strong> in 2016.” Malaria is a major cause of death for children under the age of 5: <strong>1 death every 2 minutes</strong>.<br /> <br></p> <p><img src="/assets/5adf912f23f8121d42048d57/m_photo/IMG_5287.JPG" alt="" /><br /> <em>Child being tested for malaria in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</em><br /> <br></p> <p>In 2016, the <span class="caps">WHO</span> African region was home to <strong>90% of malaria cases</strong> and <strong>91% of malaria deaths</strong>. High intervention costs, a favorable climate, and a large population of the most deadly species of parasite, among other factors, makes malaria hardest to control in Africa. But Real Medicine Foundation is working hard to help. In March 2016, <span class="caps">RMF</span> facilitated the distribution of treated mosquito nets to <strong>6,789 households</strong>, with a goal of reaching <strong>12,000 households</strong> in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Pre-distribution activities were held to <strong>increase community awareness</strong> of malaria prevention and control. A total of 105 Village Health Teams from the refugee community received <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> training</strong> on how to hang mosquito nets and communicate the dangers of malaria. Additional dialogues were held in schools to increase awareness of malaria prevention. You can read more about RMF&#8217;s mosquito net campaign <a href=""><span class="caps">HERE</span></a>.<br /> <br></p> <p>In addition to the distribution of treated mosquito nets and community education, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> treats thousands of malaria patients for free in our clinics every year</strong>. In Uganda alone, RMF’s healthcare projects target over 500,000 people, most of whom are South Sudanese refugees. Malaria is the most commonly treated illness at RMF’s clinics in both Bidibidi and Kiryandongo refugee settlements of Uganda, with over 26,000 cases of malaria confirmed and treated during the last three months of 2017. We are committed to spreading <strong>community awareness</strong>, offering <strong>preventative measures</strong>, and <strong>diagnosing</strong> and <strong>treating confirmed cases</strong> in several of the most impacted areas around the world. <br /> <br></p> <p><img src="/assets/5adf75bd23f8121d321d90d1/m_photo/IMG_3614.JPG" alt="" /><br /> <em>Kiryandongo residents march with the banner during RMF&#8217;s mosquito net campaign</em></p> Lindsey Mills RMF Changed My Perception of the World 2018-04-13T11:25:08-07:00 2018-04-13T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5ad0f38323f8121d3214aac0/Mina_IWD_2.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>I am a qualified doctor, and for the past six months I have been working for Real Medicine Foundation. I work in a team composed mostly of doctors and translators/cultural mediators, with <strong>the goal of providing holistic care to refugees</strong> arriving in Serbia from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries riven by war and economic chaos.</p> <p>I have always been <strong>interested in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds</strong>, because I felt that this kind of encounter would enrich me and give me a different perspective of the world. Unfortunately, I couldn’t imagine that a tragedy as great and devastating as the refugee crisis would occur. As soon as I learned about it, and as the news about the difficulties and challenges of the refugeees’ lives was becoming more and more present in the media, <strong>I felt the strong need to be a part of the process of providing humanitarian relief</strong>.</p> <p>At this time, one of my friends was already working as an <span class="caps">RMF</span> medical officer, and she was constantly telling me about the outstanding work this organization is doing, about the <strong>dedication and effort</strong> they are putting into helping the refugees, so I started following <span class="caps">RMF</span> on social media and was even more amazed by its holistic approach.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5ad0f37e23f8121d42034037/Mina_IWD_1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br /></p> <p>A few months later, <strong>my wish came true</strong>, and I started working as an <span class="caps">RMF</span> medical officer myself. My job involves a number of responsibilites, such as triage, diagnosis, and the provision of psycho-social support, which necessarily involves having to <strong>take into consideration my patients’ cultural and social backgrounds</strong>. Apart from working as a medical officer, I took on the role, in November 2017, of communications coordinator, helping to coordinate our work in Serbia with RMF’s content team in the US and to promote awareness of our work on social media.</p> <p>Listening to the stories my patients tell me, and then presenting these stories to those unfamiliar with the painful reality of the lives of refugees, has changed the way I perceive my day-to-day job as a doctor. <strong>Being a member of the <span class="caps">RMF</span> team has also completely changed my perception of the world</strong>, as I&#8217;ve hoped for, by making me more conscious of different social and cultural values and turning me into a more thoughtful and empathetic individual.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5ad0f39023f8121d4203403a/Mina_IWD_3.jpg" alt="" /></p> Dr. Mina Novaković Perú: Building a Team Committed to Quality Care 2017-11-21T09:49:11-08:00 2017-11-21T09:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a0df7ee40780803c6006b43/m_photo/Equipo_RMFP___Velazco__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br /></p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;Find the right people, and you can build anything.” &#8211; Dr. Martina Fuchs, Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Real Medicine Foundation</p> </blockquote> <p>The <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú team started with just 2 volunteers sent to assess the level of need after a massive earthquake in August 2007, and in December of that year, <span class="caps">RMF</span> opened <strong>Policlínico Peruano Americano</strong> in its permanent location of San Clemente, where it continues to operate successfully today.</p> <p>Most recently, there have been six months of flooding and landslides in Perú, with very little international media attention. Joining together to help, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú’s team members collected mattresses, bedding, furniture, chairs, tables, food, and drinking water among their families and friends, and <strong>distributed these supplies to families in affected areas</strong>, particularly La Tinguiña, a sector in Ica.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a0df7ec40780803a105034b/m_photo/Entrega_de_agua___9_De_Octubre__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <br /></p> <p>After receiving funding from a generous donor, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú implemented a larger flood relief outreach, traveling to some of the most heavily affected, small mountain towns north of Lima and providing medical and psychological support to more than <strong>10,000 people</strong>. In an interview with <em>Ruth Betsabe Solis Mamani</em>, a pharmaceutical chemist who worked for <span class="caps">RMF</span> during the flood relief program, she details what it has been like for her to work with <span class="caps">RMF</span> to help the community.<br /> <br /></p> <h5>Are you local to the community?</h5> <p><em>Vitarte (a district of the Lima province of Perú)</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How did you become involved with <span class="caps">RMF</span>?</h5> <p><em>My mother went to <span class="caps">RMF</span> for a medical consultation and I listened to Mrs. Magali say that they needed someone who specialized in pharmacy. I came to put into practice my knowledge, to learn, and to gain more experience.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How long did you work with <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú?</h5> <p><em>Three months.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What was it like to build this program?</h5> <p><em>It began with the event of natural disasters (mudslides) in these zones that are located in Huarochirí province of the Lima region, and other areas like Lurigancho-Chosica with annexes San Antonio, Quirio, Barrio Obrero, Libertad, and others. Here, the people needed medical attention to have a better quality of life and to keep working day by day in their personal lives.</em> <br /> <br /></p> <h5>What is an average day like here?</h5> <p><em>The medical attention begins at 8:00 a.m. in the morning, when all the workers are already at their respective posts, from the nurse to the technician. The nurse is taking information about the patients who arrive and check in during triage so they can be taken to the doctor. The doctor or the patient begins to describe the ailments. Once the doctor has evaluated the patient and prescribed the necessary medication, the patient goes to the pharmacy, where they are registered, given the medications, and told how to take them.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Do you have the resources you need to treat your patients?</h5> <p><em>Yes, there were all the resources necessary to treat patients who went to consultations. They were even given insect repellent so that they could avoid, in some cases, being bitten by mosquitoes and others. Also, they were able to give away blankets to withstand the variant temperatures and water so that they can fight the lack of water since the mudslides broke the pipes that carried the water to their homes.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What do you need to better help them?</h5> <p><em>Continue with RMF’s work in Perú that helps people who are far from a health center, hospital, or other centers that provide medical attention. [We need] to go to other places that are practically very far from the city, where there is no concern shown for the villagers’ health.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How are staff members handling the large numbers in multiple locations?</h5> <p><em>Giving free medical attention, psychological help, and free medicine so they can be treated for different diseases that are present in each patient or person who comes for a check-up.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Please share a story of helping someone as an <span class="caps">RMF</span> staff member.</h5> <p><em>In Chosica, Quirio, I had the opportunity to go and see an elderly lady. She lived alone in a place that was completely uncared for. She had a nephew who came to see her when he could. But, according to the neighbors on either side, she lived there uncared for and completely abandoned. She could barely get up to feed herself. We brought her a jug of water, a blanket, and mosquito repellent. She was very thankful.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What is your message to anyone reading this?</h5> <p><em>We have learned to fly like the birds, to swim like the fish, but we have not learned the art of solidarity, humanity, and helping our brother. They are very important means for the human species to be united in the face of great responsibility, and “the strongest bond of human sympathy should be to unite the people of all nations and all languages.&quot;</em> <br /> <br /></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a0df7ed40780803911a5927/m_photo/Entrega_frazada__Huayaringa__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /><br /> <br /></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> remains committed to the people of Perú, and our staff has worked tirelessly to provide <strong>quality, affordable healthcare</strong> and much needed <strong>supplies</strong> to those who have been affected by the natural disasters. We believe in working together to build an in-country team whose central focus is to empower people to live healthy lives through prevention, education, and access to quality healthcare.</p> Lindsey Becker Mills Perú: Coming Together to Show Compassion 2017-11-13T07:24:46-08:00 2017-11-13T06:55:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd0f523f81205cb0192d4/m_photo/Con_sus_medicinas__Buenos_Aires__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br /></p> <blockquote> <p>“The purpose of human life is to serve, show compassion, and have the will to help others.” &#8211; Guido Pujalt Mancini, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú volunteer</p> </blockquote> <p>Our world has seen an onslaught of natural disasters in the recent past. In the course of two months, the US has experienced massive flooding from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. We are still struggling to cope with the devastation of these storms, especially in rural areas of Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Starting in December of last year, Perú, with its extreme geography and limited resources, has faced <strong>six months</strong> of flooding and landslides, leaving <strong>107 dead</strong>, more than <strong>160,000 without homes or places to go</strong>, and <strong>1,000,000 affected</strong>. Many poor communities had built makeshift houses on mountainsides or in floodplains, and survivors were left with no homes to return to, a lack of food and clean water, and damaged infrastructure.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd10723f81205d7002c7e/m_photo/Barba_blanca_viviendas_y_sembrios_sepultados.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This month, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú wrapped up our flood relief project, after reaching more than <strong>10,000 people</strong> with free medical and psychological care, as well as distributing medicine and providing insect repellent, mosquito nets, warm blankets, hygiene kits, and drinking water in affected communities. RMF’s timely response was possible because of generous donors and a dedicated in-country team based at our clinic in San Clemente.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd0f623f81205d7002c7c/m_photo/Farmacia___San_Antonio__.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Initially, <span class="caps">RMF</span> came to Perú in response to the August 2007 earthquake. Ten years later, we are still operating our successful clinic in San Clemente, the poorest district of Pisco, where we <strong>provide all basic health services for free</strong>. To promote co-responsibility and sustainability, <strong>the clinic requests a minimal fee for specialty services</strong>. Like many of RMF’s disaster relief projects, Policlínico Peruano Americano has developed into a successful longer-term project, as we always aim to stay until we make a sustainable impact, build capacity, and are not needed anymore.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>Manuel Risco Gómez</em>, a patient who received care through RMF’s flood relief outreach northeast of Lima, he describes what life has been like and the impact that <span class="caps">RMF</span> has had on his health and his community.<br /> <br /></p> <h5>What was life like before the flooding started?</h5> <p><em>With family and at work, all was going well for us.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How did life change once the flooding began again?</h5> <p><em>It all changed, because of the flooding, my work stopped, we lost our possessions, and people in our district lost their lives and health.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What does <span class="caps">RMF</span> mean to you?</h5> <p><em>It is an entity that helps communities with free medical consultations and free medicine. May God bless you.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What has <span class="caps">RMF</span> empowered you to do?</h5> <p><em>I give thanks to God for sending people who helped us and our whole community improve our health.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Did you receive treatment/help from <span class="caps">RMF</span>?</h5> <p><em>Yes, I suffer from chronic asthma, and thanks to <span class="caps">RMF</span>, they helped me get stabilized after what happened because of the mudslides and the floods.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>How have your interactions with <span class="caps">RMF</span> helped you?</h5> <p><em>With the consultations and treatments for my sickness. Thank you for your help.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What makes <span class="caps">RMF</span> different in the community?</h5> <p><em>I describe it as very good with the help and attention they give to our community, and we are ready to authorize a place for them so they can continue offering help to the community.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>What are your hopes for the future?</h5> <p><em>I ask God that <span class="caps">RMF</span> can have a location in my district since <span class="caps">RMF</span> is a great help.</em><br /> <br /></p> <h5>Is there anything else about your experience that you would like to share?</h5> <p><em>I ask the leadership of <span class="caps">RMF</span> to help us frequently, because in our community we need good doctors and support to improve our health. Thank you for helping my community. May God and the Virgin Mary bless all of you forever.</em><br /> <br /></p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is striving to serve, show compassion, and help others by partnering with local people to bring <strong>long-term quality healthcare</strong> to those most in need. Guido Pujalt Mancini, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú volunteer, goes on to say about his work for <span class="caps">RMF</span>, “We try to make it to those places that are very far away, where help from the local government is not able to reach. Taking our campaign of free medical care, it is hard to cover all the needs found in each place. But, we make our best efforts to receive the greatest number of patients.” Our mission is to <strong>liberate human potential</strong> and to <strong>promote sustainability</strong> going forward.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59fbd10623f81205cb0192f3/m_photo/Pacientes_en_espera.jpg/path/to/img.jpg" alt="" /></p> Lindsey Becker Mills After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-25T14:10:33-07:00 2017-10-25T14:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>The destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria is still very evident on the island. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fbba40780846aa0252d8/ACAM8652.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Overlooking the town of Emajagua, where Hurricane Maria first made landfall. Some of the worst destruction is in the southern coastal region.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc3240780846b9007bc8/ACAM8663.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A basketball court’s roof destroyed by the storm in the town Emajagua</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc5f40780846920cad8d/ACAM8622.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>There are downed power lines and debris everywhere.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc0e40780846920cad4c/ACAM8635.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>An abandoned home, completely destroyed by 150 mph winds</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fc8f40780846aa02530b/ACAM8669.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Life goes on in Maunabo after the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59f0fcb940780846920cadce/ACAM8682.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Heavily damaged solar farm</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-20T10:52:23-07:00 2017-10-20T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>Makeshift shelters are crowded with families who have lost all that they own. With occupants ranging from 1 month to 103 years old, doctors attempt to make routine rounds to check on the people living there. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fa6540780814de203a0e/8443.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s team visits a second shelter, this one in Vega Baja, with 144 people. This man lost everything in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fa8740780814de203a22/8454.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>These are the children staying in the Vega Baja shelter.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0faae40780814de203a2a/8462.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fac640780814de203a44/8468.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fadf407808151100756f/8491.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This lady told us of carrying her small children out of chest-high floodwaters. She started crying, recounting the trauma to me. “I was terrified as an adult; I can’t imagine what it was like for them,” she told me.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0faf640780814de203a65/8496.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb1340780814de203a69/8502.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The kids in the shelter loved hamming it up for the camera.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb2a40780814e905b50e/8513.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Rodriguez tends to an elderly patient in the shelter. The age range in the shelter is 1 month to 103 years old.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb4b40780814de203aad/8531.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This is one of four families sleeping in a single converted classroom. Like many others, they have lost everything.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0fb6640780814e905b559/8544.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Clothes hang next to a completely destroyed basketball court. There is very little to do in this shelter, with no electricity, phone service, running water, or internet.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-19T10:49:12-07:00 2017-10-19T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>In addition to complete power loss, medical supply stockpiles are depleted. Medical providers are desperate for help. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f73e40780814de203420/8388.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A house crushed by a downed power line in Vega Baja. Destruction like this is everywhere in Puerto Rico.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f75940780814de20342b/8393.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Another tree that took out a power line</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f77840780814de203430/8403.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Entrance to Dr. Rodriguez’s clinic. The roof was torn off in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f7c140780814e905b45d/8420.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>This is how medicine is functioning in most of Puerto Rico: no lights in a hot room. The light of a cell phone ensures the proper dose.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f7ed40780814e905b462/8430.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>We give medical staff a duffle of <span class="caps">RMF</span> supplies in a dark supply closet.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-18T10:29:59-07:00 2017-10-18T09:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Four weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, families are still living in shelters that have been set up in public schools. So many families have lost all that they own and have nowhere else to go. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f56e40780814de203213/8265.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Rodriguez, our contact in the town of Morovis. RMF’s Edwin knows him through family. He gladly shows us around.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f59340780814de203229/8304.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s team visits a shelter in Morovis. This woman kindly allows us to photograph her and her husband.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5b940780814e905b3d5/8310.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Her husband has no legs. They lost everything in the storm.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5da40780814de203329/8322.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>“Welcome.” A converted classroom becomes a de facto room for those who have lost their homes.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e78f5423f8125fcf01e8fb/8334.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A curious young boy plays with chains securing the door.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f5ff40780814de203331/8339.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The boy’s mother, while telling us her story about losing their home and being out of work, rushes over to tend to her son.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f64840780814de20335b/8356.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Alvarado, OB-<span class="caps">GYN</span>. She has been working not only in her own office, but also in the emergency clinic around the clock. The clinic has no electricity.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f66340780814de203370/8357.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Alvarado’s office is about 90°F, with no ventilation. This is where she works all day with no light.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-16T08:34:07-07:00 2017-10-16T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><br /></p> <p>Much of the incoming aid has been concentrated in the capital of San Juan, which means rural towns and communities, like Ciales, are more vulnerable. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f37140780814de20304a/8158.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A monument high on a hilltop, overlooking the valley and town of Ciales (to the right)</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3a040780814de203061/8173.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Valley of Ciales</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3bd40780814de203083/8174.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>A Puerto Rican Flag waves as a storm approaches in Ciales.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f3de40780814e905b322/8178.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Hundreds line up for boxes of foodstuffs supplied by the Red Cross. Distribution was soon interrupted by heavy rain.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f40d40780814de203103/8195.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>RMF’s Edwin Rodriguez graciously helps 2 women with their box.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f43140780814de203113/8212.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The rain comes down hard. A man sees me with my camera and invites me to take pictures of his destroyed home. He built this home only last year.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations. <br /> <br /></p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF After Hurricane Maria 2017-10-14T13:40:43-07:00 2017-10-14T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Emergency rooms like Dr. Arthur&#8217;s are using the few supplies they have to keep their doors open to those who desperately need medical services. <span class="caps">RMF</span> has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/">our initiative page</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f27d40780814de202e0d/8080.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Exterior view of the second emergency room. There are large downed trees everywhere here. Fortunately, this one did not land on the building.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f1f640780814e905b26e/8038.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Meet Dr. Arthur. He works at the second emergency clinic. He works 16-hour days, often seeing 7–8 patients in an hour.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f21540780814de202d88/8014.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Arthur shows us the bare cabinets and details the many medications and supplies they need.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f23440780814de202dbd/8069.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>He leads us through a dark part of the clinic. Since it is completely powered by generator, most of the clinic has no lights or AC.</p> <p><img src="/assets/59e0f25040780814e905b273/8074.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>Dr. Arthur has an intense but fatigued look. He leads us through areas of the hospital they cannot use because of lack of power and resources.</p> <p><br /></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation is working to create a relief program in Puerto Rico, and we need your help! With your kind support, we can provide local medical professionals with the supplies they need to effectively treat patients and reach underserved populations.</p> <p><a class="button radius alert tiny" href="/donate/">Donate Now</a><br /></p> RMF