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Independence Day Around the World

Celebrating Unique Cultures and Traditions

July 04, 2018
Lindsey Mills

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.

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.


Perú’s Military Parade

Perú, gained its independence from Spain in 1821...

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Celebrating Motherhood

The Joys, Sorrows, and Dreams of Mothering in Uganda

May 08, 2018

Alobo Monic

Sacrificing for the Children


ALOBO MONIC is a refugee from South Sudan. She is a member the Village Health Teams collaborating with RMF to promote good health and living habits in Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement. She also serves as a coach in RMF’s Sports Development Program.

“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...

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World Malaria Day

Raising Awareness

April 24, 2018
Lindsey Mills



Malaria is a Preventable and Treatable Disease

Many Lack Access to Necessary Resources

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...

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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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