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Promoting Girls' Health and Education in Pakistan

An Interview with Dr. Rubina Mumtaz

December 01, 2016
Danielle Etter


For the past two months, I have had the honor of communicating with RMF Pakistan’s Country Director, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz. We have texted, emailed, and Skyped so that she could share her knowledge and expertise regarding RMF’s Menstrual Hygiene Management Project, resulting in the previous two blogs. Over the course of our communications, I have developed such respect and admiration for Dr. Mumtaz. She is intelligent, passionate about her work, and dedicated to see women and girls empowered to their fullest potential.

Finally, we get to hear straight from Dr. Mumtaz as she has generously agreed to answer some...

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Questions and Answers

Pakistan Girls' Puberty Book

November 15, 2016
Danielle Etter

All information contained in this blog originates from the 2016 report, “Formative Menstrual Hygiene Management Research: Adolescent Girls in Baluchistan,” by Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, Dr. Marni Sommer, and Afshan Bhatti (RMF Pakistan’s Research Project Manager) and from our interview with RMF Pakistan’s Country Director, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz.


If I could sum up Pakistani girls’ pubertal experience in one word, I would choose “confusion.” This may be true of all countries and cultures, but in Pakistan, where menstruation is only spoken of in hushed tones and fragments, the confusion is pervasive and severe. You may have read our previous blog...

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Menstrual Hygiene Management and School Retention

Turning Taboo into Normalcy and Shame into Dignity

November 07, 2016
Danielle Etter


Fear and Confusion

A Common Story

“Ah! Oh my god!” A terrified young girl runs out of the bathroom and down the stairs calling out, “Daddy!” when a friend of the family stops her and asks what’s wrong. “I’m hemorrhaging!” she replies out of breath and desperate. Fortunately, the friend of the family is a woman, a woman who calmly explains that the girl has experienced her first period. As the girl’s confusion and fear subsides, the doorbell rings. Upon answering, she finds her best friend, a boy, who innocently suggests that they go swimming. Angered by this, the girl...

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Case Study

Premature Twin Baby Girls

September 10, 2014
Dr. Rubina Mumtaz

Aqeel Sadiq and his wife Sidra Aqeel are from Khurram Agency and had to flee from their homes when the military offensive against the Taliban was launched and part of their house was destroyed in air shellings. Newly married and already pregnant, the couple picked up whatever they could carry and joined the long line of fellow IDPs travelling to safer areas. Aqeel and Sidra were lucky because they had cousins living in Nowshera. Although their cousins were dirt poor and barely surviving on a meagre income, they were generous and hospitable in their welcome and offered them space in...

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Pakistan: Polio Vaccine Campaign

Workers Are a Target for Extremist Violence

April 18, 2014
By Rubina Mumtaz, BDS, MPH, Country Director, Pakistan

Update: Just today the Pakistani army has agreed to provide security to those providing polio vaccinations following a series of attacks against individuals involved in the campaign. Full Story.

Polio Campaign
Pakistan is one of three countries (Nigeria and Afghanistan) in the world where Polio has yet to be eradicated. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Pakistan stepped up its eradication efforts and numbers fell from 173 cases in 2011 to 58 in 2012. Unfortunately, with the advent of 2013, Pakistan became the most hazardous country in the world in terms of Polio where all persons involved in...

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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 Pakistan: We Will Eradicate Polio, even in the face of violence

March 14, 2013

By Dr Rubina Mumtaz and Dr Zahoor Uddin

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio has yet to be eradicated. Polio, a highly infectious viral disease that can cause permanent paralysis in a matter of hours, has been eradicated around the world except for Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan where it is still endemic. According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Pakistan stepped up its eradication efforts and numbers fell from 173 cases in 2011 to 58 in 2012.  Real Medicine’s approach has been to combine vaccination with education, to empower locals to assist in the complete...

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healingPAQ interviews RMF CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs

February 11, 2013

Eamen Hameed of healingPAQ interviews RMF CEO/Founder Dr. Martina Fuchs on her passion, vision, intention, experience, challenges, failures, successes, teachings, western and alternative medicine, service and approach in life.

Follow the link to visit healingPAQ’s website and listen to the interview

http://www.healingpaq.org/martina-fuchs.html

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Pakistan: Why Millennium Development Goal #5 IMPROVE MATERNAL HEALTH is unlikely to be reached by 2015

January 22, 2013

by Dr Martina C. Fuchs: Here is a fascinating and sad study report from RMF’s research team in Pakistan that details why Pakistan, despite several MNCH (Maternal Newborn and Child Health) interventions for the past two decades is unlikely to meet the MDG goal # 5 by 2015.

For a detailed report: http://realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative/update/pakistan-disparities-to-access

By Dr Rubina Mumtaz

At the conversation session on “Disparities to Access to Maternal Health Services in Punjab; Poverty, Gender and Social Exclusion” held in Islamabad in November, the principal investigator, Dr Zubia Mumtaz, Faculty of School of Public Health, University of Alberta, shared the...

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Real Medicine Foundation 2010/2011 Annual Report Published

February 06, 2012

Click on link to visit our website where Annual Report can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF document

http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/initiative/update/annual-report-20102011

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