Serbia: One Refugee’s Story

September 18, 2017
Dr. Jovana Milic
Background

According to the latest available data, the overall number of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Serbia is estimated to be around 7,600. Most of them are sheltered in 18 heated government facilities. Many are children (47%) and women (16%), with 37% being adult males.

RMF Serbia has recognized and anticipated that border closures across Europe will increase the number of refugees who will require medical help and psychosocial support, and we commenced this work in early March 2016. Since then, RMF Serbia has examined and helped over 14,000 refugees, escorting them to secondary and tertiary...

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Young Heart Patient Recovering from Successful Surgery, Uganda

Well wishes to Patricia

August 24, 2017
Alphonse Mwanamwolho

RMF Uganda would like to thank you for all your kind support to our young heart patient, Patricia Biira. Today, August 24, 2017, she has been discharged from the Uganda Heart Institute after her successful surgery on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The surgeons have assured us that Patricia is in a stable condition and she will gradually heal from the post-surgery pain. Patricia has started standing and walking on her own, and she can smile and laugh.

Patricia was born with holes in her heart, which prevented her from growing and developing normally....

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Happy 12th Birthday to Real Medicine Foundation

12 years of liberating human potential

August 18, 2017



In early 2005, Dr. Martina Fuchs traveled to Sri Lanka to provide support to those affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami. It was this first trip that inspired Martina to start our organization.

Today, RMF is active in 18 countries, across 5 continents, working to reach over 16 million people.

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Young Heart Patient to Receive Surgery, Uganda

Patricia Biira

August 14, 2017
Alphonse Mwanamwolho


Patricia Biira is a 3-year-old girl from the village of Kitholhu in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. She was born with holes in her heart, which prevented her from growing and developing normally. Before receiving help from Real Medicine Foundation, Patricia’s parents struggled with her illness to the extent of selling their only piece of land, but even that was not enough to access treatment for their daughter at the Uganda Heart Institute. Patricia’s parents became depressed as they watched their child struggle. In 2016, they desperately requested RMF’s support, which was granted. Patricia was enrolled...

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Case Study: Durga’s Smile

Committed to Eradicating Malnutrition

August 04, 2017
Rakesh Dhole

Durga is a 9-month-old girl from the village of Sajwani, which is situated in the Barwani block of Barwani district, Madhya Pradesh. The population of Sajwani is 3,880 (per the 2011 census). Most people living in the village are of the Sirvi or Meghwal castes and the Bhil or Bhilala tribes.

Real Medicine Foundation is committed to eradicating malnutrition within the communities of Barwani block. Our local workers, called CNEs (Community Nutrition Educators), regularly visit villages, following a community need-based monthly route. While traveling her route, each CNE meets with community members to discuss health, hygiene...

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In Fields and Thickets

Bidibidi Refugee Settlement: Built from the Ground Up

July 31, 2017


Refugee families being transported from the border point of Goboro (Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Zone 1). UNHCR uses its trucks to transport refugees to selected destinations after RMF has completed health screening services.


A child sits at home after having breakfast (Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Zone 1).


Refugees are given plastic sheeting, which they use to construct shelters where they can reside with their families.


A woman and her...

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Empathy: A Core Value for RMF Staff

An Interview with Alphonse Mwanamwolho

July 24, 2017
Lindsey Becker Mills


Alphonse Mwanamwolho is RMF Uganda’s Deputy Country Director. He is based in Kampala, and makes frequent visits to RMF’s projects in Kiryandongo, Tororo, and Buwate. He also makes the longer, more difficult trip to support and evaluate our team’s work in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. Alphonse holds a BA in Social Sciences and several diplomas in areas such as Special Needs Education and Counseling. His guiding principle is “Respect + Love = Peace.”

Alphonse has worked tirelessly to build and empower our team in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement. In order to accomplish this monumental task,

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Starting Over in Bidibidi

An Interview with South Sudanese Refugee, Nema Nyoka Keni

July 13, 2017
Danielle Etter

Atrocities of War

There is no easy way to put it. Since July 2016 when fighting once again broke out in Juba, the people of South Sudan have been starved to death and murdered outright. Gun fire, throats slit, locked in their homes and burned alive. There are now 290,000 people at risk of dying from malnutrition due to the destruction of farms and the blocking of aid. Many go to aid tents, just to be gunned down.

“…when fighting started in South Sudan, life became very bad. You find you lost your...

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Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Staff Stories

Changing Lives for the Better

July 06, 2017
Daniel Wakibi
Background

Real Medicine Foundation has been active in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement since 2008, when we were named UNHCR-OPM Operational Partner and began our still-successful health program, supporting the existing health centers with medication, medical and cleaning supplies, medical personnel, and support staff; renovating Panyadoli Heath Centre III; providing hospital supplies such as beds, bed sheets, and hospital equipment; setting up a solar-powered water source that supplies the health centers and the refugee community with clean water; and conducting medical camps for various illnesses, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. Since RMF looks...

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Two Inspiring Stories for World Refugee Day

Equipping Refugees by Liberating Human Potential

June 20, 2017
Background

Since 2011, RMF has been inspiring hope in the young people of Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and the host community, by offering skills training at our Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). The program started, as suggested by the community, with training in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and Tailoring and Garment Cutting, and has grown to offer two more courses: Carpentry and Joinery and Bricklaying and Concrete Practice. After completing the three-month training program, students take DIT examinations to be certified in their field of study. Many graduates have gone on to start successful businesses...

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