7-year-old Noemí is youngest of four siblings, and was born on March 11, 2009 in San Clemente. At two days old, she was taken to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia and had to stay in an incubator for several days.
In 2011, when Noemí was 2 years old, she would try to stand up, but was not able to. Her legs had no strength or stability. Her parents (her father owned a shoe shop in San Clemente and...
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...
We had a great day at the ‘Day of the African Child’ celebrations: Poem presentations from different schools within Kiryandongo Resettlement Camp, band marching, drama and cultural presentations, and art competitions. Please see the paintings and drawings below.
A joint banner was made by all partners who contributed to this day:
All the children were seated in different tents that we had procured, watching educational, drama and cultural presentations, and listening to speeches and poems from various invited presenters and guests:
Our children watching and listening attentively to the poems and performances...
The invited guests were the Minister for Disaster, the UNHCR Country Representative, the OPM Commissioner, all IP/OP Country Directors, and the Residential District Commissioner.
Every organization working at Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement was tasked to exhibit what they do; as RMF we exhibited vocational materials which included tailoring products, carpentry products, we staged a temporary salon at the compound where a function was taking place, and invited guests inclusive of the UNHCR Country Representative were extremely happy to see what the refugees can do. “Vocational Training is solely in the hands of RMF, not being...
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...
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.
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...
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...
The Steady Fight Against Malnutrition – RMF Community Nutrition Educators Work to Improve Health Outcomes by Michael Matheke-Fischer, Country Director, India
Convincing people to adopt healthier behaviors can be a difficult job. In Southwestern Madhya Pradesh, where RMF’s Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) work in 600 villages across 5 districts everyday, targeted health education is crucial to combating malnutrition. For four years, each CNE has patiently worked in communities, identifying children and families in need of counseling, referring serious cases to treatment, and building crucial bonds with the community. Since 2010, our program has reached over 400,000 people with...
Martina returned from the Philippines with wonderful stories about the resilience of the people and an urgency to get the hospital and livelihood projects moving. Here are a few photos from the second half of her journey.
Damaged power lines
Children in Medellin. When it starts getting dark there is no light in the streets or in the houses. The fire in the background is where people are burning debris, broken trees, etc. from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in an effort to clean up.
Little girl in Medellin.
Along the way.
Mother and little girl.
Children and tricycle (auto rickshaw).
Map showing Martina’s itinerary: Cebu City, north to Bogo City to Don Pedro Barangay to Nailon Barangay to San Remigio to Medellin, cross over to Bantayan island to visit Bantayan and Santa Fe, back to Cebu Island to visit Daanbantayan.
Town hall meeting with the Mayor of Bogo City and Dr. Minerva Millor.
Dr. Martina Fuchs is asked to speak at the Town Hall meeting.
Severo Verallo Memorial District Hospital in Bogo City.
Bogo City Hospital – 2 or 3 patients often share a bed.
New mothers at Bogo City Hospital.
The hospital is at 200% capacity so patients crowd...