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A Day with RMF Serbia

Serving Refugees

June 26, 2018
Dr. Mina Novaković


Background

According to the most recent data, the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants increased slightly in Serbia, with 4,273 counted on December 24, 2017. Of these, around 3,999 were accommodated in one of five asylum centers or thirteen reception centers, with Obrenovac Transit Centre being one of the largest and accomodating around 700 people.

RMF Serbia’s mobile clinic is stationed in this shelter, where our team operates 7 days of the week, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The RMF mobile medical team, consisting of two doctors, one cultural mediator/translator, and one driver, provides primary healthcare services, and...

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World Refugee Day

Ebadat's Story

June 19, 2018
Dr. Mina Novaković

Our Friendship

Working Together


Ebadat Faiz Koche is an 18-year-old refugee from Afghanistan, residing in the Obrenovac refugee camp 30 km southwest of Belgrade, where RMF Serbia’s mobile clinic is stationed.


We first met Ebadat about eight months ago, when one of his friends got sick. He was accompanying him to our clinic and helping us with translation, since the boy didn’t speak any other language besides Pashto. Ebadat was always kind, and the smile never left his face. As his English-speaking skills were exceptional, Ebadat’s assistance really meant a lot to us, not just in terms of...

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RMF Changed My Perception of the World

Dr. Mina Novaković's Story

April 13, 2018
Dr. Mina Novaković


I am a qualified doctor, and for the past six months I have been working for Real Medicine Foundation. I work in a team composed mostly of doctors and translators/cultural mediators, with the goal of providing holistic care to refugees arriving in Serbia from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries riven by war and economic chaos.

I have always been interested in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds, because I felt that this kind of encounter would enrich me and give me a different perspective of the world. Unfortunately, I couldn’t imagine that a tragedy as great and...

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After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Landfall in Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017


The destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria is still very evident on the island. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

Overlooking the town of Emajagua, where Hurricane Maria first made landfall. Some of the worst destruction is in the southern coastal region.

A basketball court’s roof destroyed by the storm in the town Emajagua

There are downed power lines and debris everywhere.

An abandoned home, completely destroyed by 150 mph winds

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After Hurricane Maria

Vega Baja Shelter in Puerto Rico

October 20, 2017


Makeshift shelters are crowded with families who have lost all that they own. With occupants ranging from 1 month to 103 years old, doctors attempt to make routine rounds to check on the people living there. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

RMF’s team visits a second shelter, this one in Vega Baja, with 144 people. This man lost everything in the storm.

These are the children staying in the Vega...

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After Hurricane Maria

Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Puerto Rico

October 19, 2017

In addition to complete power loss, medical supply stockpiles are depleted. Medical providers are desperate for help. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

A house crushed by a downed power line in Vega Baja. Destruction like this is everywhere in Puerto Rico.

Another tree that took out a power line

Entrance to Dr. Rodriguez’s clinic. The roof was torn off in the storm.

This is how medicine is functioning in most...

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After Hurricane Maria

Town of Morovis, Puerto Rico

October 18, 2017

Four weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, families are still living in shelters that have been set up in public schools. So many families have lost all that they own and have nowhere else to go. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

Meet Dr. Rodriguez, our contact in the town of Morovis. RMF’s Edwin knows him through family. He gladly shows us around.

RMF’s team visits a shelter in Morovis. This...

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After Hurricane Maria

Town of Ciales, Puerto Rico

October 16, 2017


Much of the incoming aid has been concentrated in the capital of San Juan, which means rural towns and communities, like Ciales, are more vulnerable. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

A monument high on a hilltop, overlooking the valley and town of Ciales (to the right)

Valley of Ciales

A Puerto Rican Flag waves as a storm approaches in Ciales.

Hundreds line up for boxes of foodstuffs supplied by the...

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After Hurricane Maria

Emergency Medical Center in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico

October 14, 2017

Emergency rooms like Dr. Arthur’s are using the few supplies they have to keep their doors open to those who desperately need medical services. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

Exterior view of the second emergency room. There are large downed trees everywhere here. Fortunately, this one did not land on the building.

Meet Dr. Arthur. He works at the second emergency clinic. He works 16-hour days, often seeing 7–8 patients...

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After Hurricane Maria

Emergency Medical Center, Dorado, Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017

With no electricity, the clinics and emergency rooms operate strictly on backup generator power. Medical providers like Dr. Acosta are in urgent need of help. RMF has sent a team to bring some initial medical supplies, as well as analyze the situation and form local partnerships. To learn more about RMF’s proposed program, read more on our initiative page.

RMF’s team gathered 250 lb. of basic medications and supplies in Miami, en route to San Juan.

Meet Dr. Acosta, our first contact in Dorado. He runs 2 emergency room clinics with his partner. Dorado is approximately 30 km...

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