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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. Her mother is a housewife and her...

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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 for care at the Uganda...

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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 children sit amidst the plot of land given to them to start a life. The plastic sheeting elevated across the trees is the house in which they are expected to shelter until they...

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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, RMF has interviewed, hired, and trained hundreds...

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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 parents, that is the first thing...

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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 or join established companies...

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Yusuf Bisiku

Healing Found at Panyadoli Health Centre

December 28, 2016

Yusuf Bisiku

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Yusuf Bisiku is a three-and-a-half-year-old boy; a refugee living at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Yusuf had symptoms of malaria and he was vomiting. After an investigation by RMF’s laboratory technicians, he was diagnosed with severe malaria and being underweight. He looked like a much younger child. After the diagnosis, Yusuf was immediately put on treatment.

Yusuf’s mother explained that they did not have enough food since fleeing South Sudan. They survived on water and biscuits and some food begged from well-wishers they found along the way. The whereabouts of Yusuf’s...

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What Liberation Looks Like

Fatuma's Story

July 25, 2016
JL Wright

Thoughts from a Mom

Real Stories Hitting Home

My life these days looks pretty standard “stay-at-home-parent” crazy. Up and down all night, early wake up calls, bottles of milk, lots of cartoons, coloring pages, and book-reading. And let’s not forget stroller pushing, Batman-mobile riding, and kiddie-pool swimming or popsicles underneath the shade of the front porch on a hot Summer afternoon.

I love my kiddos. I’ve found my true calling as a mom, there’s nothing more amazing than watching these two little gifts grow and learn and change with each passing day. There’s also nothing more scary than when one...

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A New Perspective on a Simple Thing

Can a Sewing Machine Change a Life?

July 04, 2016
JL Wright

Something Simple

A Big Impact

If you had asked yesterday what a sewing machine was to me, I would’ve told you that mine was a birthday gift from my husband, stored now in the recesses of my closet as my life is filled to the brim with taking care of my two baby boys. I would’ve said it was something I would take out from time to time to mend a seam, sew a bag, or stitch a headband.

But that was yesterday.

That was before I started reading about how things so trivial to me, such as sewing machines...

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Uganda

One of the Best Places to be a Refugee

May 22, 2016

The Real Medicine Foundation is at work in one of the largest refugee settlements in Uganda, Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement, as Implementing Partner for Healthcare for UNHCR.

Watch Uganda: ‘One of the best places to be a refugee’ by clicking HERE.

" On behalf of the UNHCR Representative to Uganda, please find below a link to a recent article that aired on BBC Worlds News on Uganda’s approach to refugee management and protection. The video formed part of the BBC’s current ‘People on the Move’ series, covering forced displacement and migration in the lead up to the World Humanitarian...

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