Category: Disaster Relief

BBC World Service interviews RMF Nepal Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel

Newsday Internet Interview

April 25, 2016

Click here to listen to the interview on the BBC News Website

BBC World Service interviewed RMF Nepal Program Program Coordinator, Barsha Dharel on April 24, 2016. Please follow the link above to listen to the interview. The Barsha Dharel interview, conducted by David Deng, starts around 46:20 mark. Below is a transcript of the interview.

David Deng: The devastating earthquake that shook Nepal last year has come and gone, but the aftershock is far from over. Twelve months on, the destruction that overtook the nation has left thousands desperate to find the means to survive whatever the circumstances. I’ve...

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Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief

Update on RMF's Involvement

April 27, 2015

What we know

  • RMF operations centered in Kathmandu but working quickly to set up outreach efforts to outlying areas and villages; the population in rural areas are completely cut off.
  • While some agencies are on the ground as well as government teams from China, Butan, India and Israel, there is still an overwhelming need for emergency help and supplies
  • Ground transportation is extremely limited, there is even difficulty for motorcycles to pass due to ongoing avalanches, challenging terrain, and pre-existing road conditions
  • The airport is open and operational in Kathmandu
  • Thousands are without shelter
  • Electricity and water infrastructure has been...
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Nepal Earthquake 2015

WHO Situation Report April 26

April 27, 2015

  • Most affected areas are Gorkha, Lamjung and Sindhupalchok as well as Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur Districts.
  • Latest government figures on total causalities is 1,900 with more than 5,000 injured. This is expected to increase.
  • The Government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance.
  • In support of national efforts, international search and rescue teams have begun to arrive into Kathmandu.
  • Total affected population not yet determined but 30 of 75 districts are reported to be affected. According to 2011 Census data, total population for affected districts is….. Projections on numbers of affected are being developed.
Situation Overview

Disaster event

At 11:56...

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Powerful Nepal Earthquake

RMF Prepares Relief Efforts

April 26, 2015

Real Medicine Foundation is coordinating its response following the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara early on Saturday morning, April 25. This is the worst earthquake to hit Nepal for more than 80 years.

As of today, April 26, the earthquake is reported to have killed more than 2,500 people with many thousands injured. The tremor also unleashed avalanches on Mount Everest, which killed at least 17 people and injured 61 others. Efforts to dig victims out from under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Kathmandu continue. The situation is still unclear...

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5 Years Since the Haiti Earthquake

Dr. Patrick Dupont Reflects

January 12, 2015

by Dr. Patrick Dupont

On the 5th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake which weakened already failing systems and institutions and amongst sensible but still insufficient efforts to rebuild its infrastructures, Haiti’s health care system is still failing as showed by the last health indicators.

Access to quality health care is very limited and very patchy as insufficient public health initiatives are further lessened by lack of resources amongst the rebuilding effort. In the current public health panorama, a few decentralised hospitals have risen with the help or through infrastructure funding from partnered organisations and countries but still remain to date...

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Huffington Post: Ebola is not the problem

November 12, 2014
Cindy Stein Urbanc

Published on Huffington Post on 11/13/2014 by Cindy Stein Urbanc, RMF’s Coordinator for Maternal and Child Health Programs

Link to Article Here

As we all know, Ebola has dominated the global headlines in recent months. The media has stretched the entire continuum from minimization to sensationalizing the current outbreak. This has spanned things like the initial “expert” interviews reporting the improbability of a jump across continents to now, a short few months later, laypeople now demanding a moratorium on African travel. Like all things, the reality of what should have been and still could be done to prevent a...

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Thanks to IRD

Anemia Can Be Prevented in Bogo City

April 22, 2014
Update from the Main Health Office, Bogo City, Philippines

The Bogo City Health Office has limited funds for the purchase of Ferrous Sulfate tablets.  If there are supplies available, the pregnant women are the top priority, however, the availability of the iron vitamins is not sustained so there are times that those pregnant women have to buy the Ferrous Sulfate tablets on their own. Unfortunately, most of the pregnant women seeking prenatal care in our health centers are not financially capable and most of them stop taking iron vitamins during their pregnancy.

Upon the receipt of the donated bottles of Ferrous Sulfate tablets from RMF and International Relief and...

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Pakistan's Agra Health Project Closed

The Lives We Touched

April 17, 2014
By Rubina Mumtaz BDS, MPH, Country Director, Pakistan

In August 2013, three years after the fateful floods of 2010, District Charsadda was the last to be struck off the list of flood affected areas of KPK and the government announced that the road to recovery was at last present. The Pakistan People’s Health Initiative (PPHI), a semi-government body had signed an MOU with the KPK Health Department to adopt all the BHUs in the main districts of Charsadda, Nowshera and Swabi, effectively revitalizing the BHU in Union Council Agra. Given RMF’s mission to avoid duplicating services, the primary health care services in the Agra Health Project...

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RMF Reunites 2nd Year Nursing Student

Peter Atiep Rejoins His Family

April 11, 2014
By Dr. Taban Martin Vitale
Meet Peter

Peter Atiep is a South Sudanese national from Upper Nile State, Baliet County. A second year nursing student of Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (JCONAM), Peter is married to Ajak Abe Nyok and they have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys): Abuk Atiep Kur, a 10-year-old girl; Awol Atiep Kur, an 8-year-old boy; Monyuat Atiep Kur, a 6-year-old boy; Nyalueth Atiep Kur, a 3-year-old girl and Nyanlong Atiep Kur a baby girl of 3 months.


When the fight broke out in Juba in mid-December 2013, Peter and his family were in his home...

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Uganda: School Support

CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs’ 2014 Trip

April 08, 2014
Martina Fuchs

When the Kenyan refugees arrived at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in 2008, there was very little support in terms of school fees for their children, and there was no nursery school at the settlement. RMF stepped forward to establish a school support program to cover fees and supplies for Nursery, Primary and Secondary School children of the Kenyan refugee community at Kiryandongo. In the subsequent years, students from (South) Sudan, Congo, Burundi and Rwanda have been accepted into our program as well. RMF pays a portion of the tuition fees, school uniforms, school supplies, and exam fees for the students...

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