Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World 2017-04-15T14:19:35-07:00 Philanthropy Impact Magazine Interviews Dr. Martina Fuchs 2017-04-15T14:19:35-07:00 2017-04-11T10:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The Philanthropy Impact Magazine interviewed Real Medicine Foundation&#8217;s founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> Dr. Martina Fuchs. The entire issue can be read and downloaded on the <a href="">Philanthropy Impact website.</a><br /> <br /></p> <h5>&#8220;We believe in the human ability to transform – that the people in developing and disaster-stricken areas are most capable of creating solutions to their unique challenges.&#8221;<br /> <br /></h5> <p>A small excerpt on how Real Medicine Foundation is leading the change within the humanitarian field:</p> <blockquote> <p>&#8220;RMF’s believes in ‘Liberating Human Potential’, encouraging leadership and ownership in our teams and the people and communities we are supporting, building capacity and long-term self-sustainability for eventual independence. We are fully aware that the work in the development sector and our approach is ‘David against Goliath’, but the only way things can change is by people being the change. That’s what we stand for and that’s what we have been doing with high-impact projects and increased success rates for more than 11 years now.&#8221;</p> </blockquote> "Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world's largest refugee camp" 2017-04-03T16:55:25-07:00 2017-04-03T16:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <img src="/assets/58e2c96fa0b5dd2094043c63/guardian_bidibidi.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"> <em>Dan Kitwood/Getty Images</em> <h4>Bidibidi: The Largest Refugee Settlement in the World</h4> <h5><em>The Guardian</em> on Bidibidi</h5> <p>In an article on the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda, <a href="">Uganda at breaking point as Bidi Bidi becomes world&#8217;s largest refugee camp</a>, <em>The Guardian</em> notes,</p> <p>&#8220;The stream of arrivals, who averaged 2,800 each day in March, has begun to take a toll on the country’s southern neighbour Uganda, host to roughly half of the 1.6 million people forced to flee their homes.</p> <p>Uganda is feeling the neglect. The country has one of the world’s most compassionate refugee policies, which grants migrants land to build a home and enjoy rights to travel and work that are practically unheard of elsewhere.</p> <p>But without relief in sight, the cracks are beginning to show. A single settlement, called Bidi Bidi, hosts at least 270,000 refugees – more than any other place in the world. It was closed to new arrivals in December to prevent overcrowding. Since then, new settlements have opened roughly every two months.</p> <p>Initially, the UN expected roughly 300,000 South Sudanese refugees to come to Uganda in 2017. Just three months into the year, the estimate has risen to 400,000.</p> <p>Filippo Grandi, the UN’s high commissioner for refugees, said Uganda was now &#8216;at breaking point.&#8217;&quot;</p> <p>Further, the article notes, &#8220;Yet even as the humanitarian crisis grows, the international response remains meagre. The UN has requested $781m (£625m) to care for the 1.6 million people coming out of South Sudan. So far, it has received just 8%.&#8221; <br /> <br /></p> <h5><span class="caps">RMF</span> in Bidibidi</h5> <p>As official <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Healthcare Implementing Partner in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</a>, Real Medicine Foundation has been present since the settlement&#8217;s opening in early August 2016. Our staff and operations in Uganda have more than doubled since that time, as the influx of South Sudanese refugees brought the population of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement to 272,026 and caused the settlement to be closed to new arrivals in December 2016. The rate of South Sudanese entering Uganda, however, has not slowed, and the need continues to grow.</p> <p><br /><a href="/donate/" class="button radius alert tiny">Donate Now</a><br /></p> The Guardian Sri Lanka New Years Festival 2017-03-24T11:42:25-07:00 2017-03-24T11:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/58d56868edb2f34213127223/invitation_cardenglish_2.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru 2017-03-24T12:13:06-07:00 2017-03-19T12:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru</a></p> <p>&#8220;Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off from roads Saturday, as others in Peru fled rising rivers, and millions fretted that they won’t have drinking water.</p> <p>The government announced Saturday that so far this year 72 people have died as a result of heavy rains and flash floods around the country.</p> <p>Peru’s geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally as huaycos, the indigenous Quechua word for flash flood-landslide.&quot;</p> RMF Sri Lanka Children's Fair 2017-03-07T16:43:10-08:00 2017-03-07T16:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The Palathuduwa Preschool is hosting a Kid&#8217;s Fair on March 10th. The fair will be hosted from 8:00 &#8211; 10:30 a.m. with a parent&#8217;s meeting following.</p> <p><a href="">Click to learn more information about the Palathuduwa Preschool in Sri Lanka.</a></p> <p><img src="/assets/58bf5200edb2f3421305186b/kids_fair_copy.jpeg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF South Sudan Medical Journal: February 2017 2017-02-28T17:19:40-08:00 2017-02-28T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>The February 2017 issue of South Sudan Medical Journal has been published from our partners at</strong> <a href="">The Juba Link</a>.</p> <p><img src="/assets/58b62149d4c96156fd004749/DSC07052.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/58b62179d4c96156fd004779/DSC07075.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <p><strong>You can download the journal as a <span class="caps">PDF</span> or view the individual articles which are listed below:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Editorial &#8211; Children bear the health burden of the conflict in South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Audit of care of severely malnourished children aged 6 &#8211; 59 months at Al-Sabah Children Hospital, Juba, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Management of acute diarrhea among children aged 6 &#8211; 59 months admitted at Juba Teaching Hospital</a></p> <p><a href="">Knowledge and practice of exclusive breastfeeding among women with children aged between 9 and 12 months in Al Sabah Hospital, Juba, South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="">Management of common eye conditions in a primary health care setting: A guide for South Sudan health workers</a></p> <p><a href="">Resources</a></p> <p><a href="">Obituary: Dr. Ayul Deng Ajak</a></p> RMF Peru Flood Response 2017-03-09T16:53:07-08:00 2017-02-10T16:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>During the week of January 23rd, widespread torrential rainfall created flooding across many South American countries, including Perú. The rainfall caused the local rivers of Perú to overflow, and also caused mudslides. Our <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú team quickly analyzed the effects of the flooding within the city center of Pisco, where RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano is located.</p> <p>Many families in the community were greatly affected by the flooding. RMF’s team began accepting donations of food, water, and clothing at our clinic, and has been distributing these to families in need. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Perú has also received donations of furniture and bedding for families whose houses were flooded.</p> <p><img src="/assets/58c1f8d9a0b5dd4be906ac5a/16387245_705496886288072_1468964174083659360_n.jpg" alt="AmazonSmile" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works. 2017-02-27T18:46:54-08:00 2017-02-02T12:40:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="">German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.</a></p> <p>Catherine Cheney included part of Dr. Martina Fuchs&#8217; feedback on how Germany is aiding refugees in Part 2 of her article series for Devex: &#8220;German foreign aid is at a record high and rising. Here is how it works.&#8221; She highlights how the number of refugees seeking shelter in Germany is growing and the social service benefits they will receive while there.</p> <blockquote> <p>By the end of 2016, more than two-third of refugees coming to Europe find shelter in Germany, and once they are registered, they receive the wide-ranging social services provided to German citizens, said <strong>Dr. Martina Fuchs</strong>, founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization Real Medicine Foundation.</p> </blockquote> Emergency Update: South Sudan Refugee Situation in Uganda, January 18-24 2017-01-31T11:56:10-08:00 2017-01-31T11:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Arrival Numbers Continue to Increase</h4> <p>In its latest update, the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> reports that <strong>12,889 South Sudanese refugees arrived in Uganda in just one week</strong>: January 18, 2017 to January 24, 2017. The report explains, &#8220;The arrival rate has continued to increase, with a daily average of 1,841 new arrivals, compared to 1,689 in the previous week.&#8221; New arrivals are being sent to Palorinya Settlement in Moyo district, which has received 56,947 refugees since December 9, 2016. Continued progress is reported in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement (where <span class="caps">RMF</span> is <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>/<span class="caps">OPM</span> Health Implementing Partner) and other locations.</p> <p><br /></p> <h5>Bidibidi Health update:</h5> <blockquote> <p>In Bidibidi, 10,621 outpatient consultations were conducted, among which 14% were members of the host population. The leading causes of illness were malaria (31%), Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (25%) and Acute Watery Diarrhea (10%). As in the previous week, eight cases of dysentery were reported. 160 mental health cases were registered in the settlement and are being followed up. On 20 January, a meningitis vaccination campaign commenced in Bidibidi with the aim of vaccinating the refugee population between 6 and 29 years of age.</p> </blockquote> UNHCR America Must Stand Up for Human Rights: Press Release January 29, 2017 2017-02-01T16:33:05-08:00 2017-01-29T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>Nobody chooses to be a refugee. Nobody chooses to lose their home, livelihoods, culture and careers to go into the unknown. Half of the world’s 21.3 million refugees are children. These children have been witness to things that children should never be exposed to – the true horrors of the world. Welcoming refugees who are fleeing violence and terrorism is our duty as a human race, to help others in their time of need.</p> <p>On Friday, 27 January, President Trump signed executive orders suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, slashing refugee admissions by more than half and indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from access to American territory. The president’s orders place the U.S. in direct violation of Articles 32 and 33 of the Refugee Convention, which includes the principles of no-refoulment: that no contracting state shall expel a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his or her life or freedom would be threatened.</p> <p>Refugees deserve equal protection, assistance and opportunities for resettlement regardless of their religion, nationality or race. Those fleeing conflict zones and persecution must be protected through the implementation of safe and secure resettlement and immigration programs and receive fair treatment. Such programs save the lives of the most vulnerable and enrich and strengthen host societies as well. Refugees have helped to build America. It was only 41 years ago when Vietnamese refugees came to America after the Vietnam war and since, have made significant contributions to America’s entrepreneurship.</p> <p>The U.S. vetting process for prospective refugees is already robust involving biometric screening and up to 36 months of vetting by 12 to 15 government agencies. These processes are in place to ensure the country has a clear understanding of every refugee’s background and can pinpoint any links to known radical organizations.</p> <p>At a time when there are record-breaking levels of refugee flow around the world and we are facing the largest displacement since the Second World War, now is not the time for America to renounce its leadership role as a sanctuary.</p> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span> is deeply concerned by President Trump’s move to restrict refugee arrivals and urges the U.S. not to turn its back on refugees – we all have a moral obligation to help. We call on the nation to demonstrate global leadership and share in our global responsibility to provide refuge to the most vulnerable, regardless of religion or nationality.</p> <p>Depriving families of safety based on their religion or country of origin is irresponsible and immoral, putting innocent lives – especially children – at risk and there is no proof that doing so would make Americans safer.</p> <p>This is a call to elected leaders to oppose these measures. America must stand up for human rights and the principles of respect, safety and dignity for all. We must stand for freedom and hope and rise against fear because it is only together that we can overcome.</p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation – Liberating Human Potential.</p> RMF RMF Serbia Team Interviewed by National News 2017-01-27T11:05:38-08:00 2017-01-26T17:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h4>The Blistering Cold</h4> <p>Refugees and asylum seekers throughout Serbia are now experiencing the blistering cold of winter. A national news station recently interviewed <span class="caps">RMF</span> Serbia Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Pejkovic.</p> <p>The translation is below:</p> <p>1:13-1:21</p> <p><em>Reporter:</em></p> <p><strong>Numerous volunteers from the nongovernmental organization are providing protection for refugees 24 hours a day. On winter days, they have more work to do.  </strong></p> <p>1:21-1:38</p> <p><em> Daniel Pejković:</em></p> <p><strong>“This weather favors development of respiratory infections, and that’s something they get very often. Other than that, we had multiple frostbite cases. Some of those cases were 2 to 3-year-old children.” </strong></p> <p>1:38-1:46</p> <p><strong>“We also had cases of refugees that have scabies, refugees that have body lice. Skin diseases are very common; that’s something we see throughout the whole year.”</strong></p> Starting Bachelor in Midwifery program in Nepal is a milestone: UNFPA 2017-01-19T08:11:56-08:00 2017-01-13T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Midwifery Education</h4> <h5>Providing a well-rounded program</h5> <p><br /></p> <p>Since early 2016, <span class="caps">RMF</span> has joined with Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population (<span class="caps">MOHP</span>), <span class="caps">UNFPA</span>, <span class="caps">WHO</span>, and <span class="caps">GIZ</span> to support urgently needed midwifery education in Nepal. <strong>As one of the external development partners for the project, RMF’s specific contributions will include creating a database for the Nepal Nursing Council, providing a full-time international mentor to the National Academy of Medical Sciences (<span class="caps">NAMS</span>), providing scholarships, and supplying learning materials, equipment, and a skills lab to <span class="caps">NAMS</span>.</strong> <span class="caps">RMF</span> also brings unique expertise to the project, having initiated, co-founded, and continuously supported South Sudan’s first accredited college of nursing and midwifery: Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery (<span class="caps">JCONAM</span>).</p> RMF Top US Diplomat Commends RMF’s Work in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement - January 6, 2017 2017-01-12T07:31:19-08:00 2017-01-12T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>Ambassador&#8217;s Onsite Visit to Refugee Settlement</h4> <h5>Understanding and Compassion for Daily Challenges of Bidibidi</h5> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p>US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac, has applauded <span class="caps">RMF</span> for our health care program in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, Uganda. The ambassador, who visited the settlement on January 6th, 2017, had the <strong>desire to extend the compassion of the American people to refugees living in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement</strong> and to personally experience and appreciate the challenges faced by refugees on a daily basis.</p> <p>Ambassador Malac visited some of the health facilities operated by <span class="caps">RMF</span> in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement and appreciated the fact that amidst a mountain of challenges, <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> has been able to set up a healthcare system that directly serves more than 272,206 refugees fleeing from the turmoil in South Sudan</strong>. <span class="caps">RMF</span> is an official <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>-<span class="caps">OPM</span> Health Implementing Partner responsible for providing primary health care to the refugees and host communities of Bidibidi and Kiryandongo refugee settlements in Uganda.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> <h5>Challenges of Bidibidi Refugee Settlement Appreciated by the Envoy</h5> <ul> <li>Lack of running water in health facilities</li> <li>Shortage of ambulances</li> <li>Temporary structures serving as health facilities</li> <li>Lack of staff accommodation</li> <li>Reduced food rations for refugees</li> <li>Lack of education/vocational training facilities for refugees</li> <li>Lack of livelihood programs</li> </ul> <p>Ambassador Malac pledged to lobby the American government and the international community for support. She was accompanied by Todd F. Buchwald, Special Coordinator, Office of Global Criminal Justice; Bornwell Kantande, <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Representative in Uganda; and Uganda’s Hon. Musa Ecweru, State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, among others.</p> RMF UGANDA: South Sudan Refugee Situation (Info-Graphic) 2017-01-10T12:52:29-08:00 2017-01-09T12:45:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><strong>646,115</strong><br /> South Sudan refugees and asylum-seekers in country</p> <p><strong>407,343</strong><br /> South Sudan new arrivals since July 2016</p> RMF Strong Organisations Have a Very Strong Why with Martina Fuchs Founder and CEO of Real Medicine Foundation 2017-01-04T06:18:02-08:00 2017-01-04T06:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/586cff6ba0b5dd05d44480fa/_DSC3148.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><br/></p> <h4><a href="">Listen to the full podcast</a></h4> <h5>featuring the Founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Real Medicine Foundation Dr. Martina Fuchs</h5> <blockquote> <p>Dr. Martina Fuchs is the founder and <span class="caps">CEO</span> of Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>), a non-profit organization providing humanitarian support and development to people in disaster- and poverty-stricken areas of the world. She brings a unique perspective to the aid and development community; that of a trained and practiced physician, specializing in pediatrics.</p> </blockquote> <h5>Entrepreneurial Role Models:</h5> <p>Richard Branson <br /> Nelson Mandela <br /> Ghandi <br /> <br/></p> <h5>When business started difficulties overcame:</h5> <p>“Being committed to growing, the most important in my life is the commitment to growing, as a person in business and being the best person of who you can be”…[Listen for More] <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Favourite Books:</h5> <p>Raise Your Vibration: 111 Practices to Increase Your Spiritual Connection Book by Kyle Gray <br /> The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book by Stephen R. Covey <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Favourite Quote:</h5> <p>“It always seems impossible until it is done “Mandela“<br /> There’s little we cannot do if we do it together” <span class="caps">JFK</span> <br /> “Just do it” Nike <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Recommended Online Resources:</h5> <p>News sources <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Best Advice to Other Entrepreneurs:</h5> <p>“Follow your passion, follow your instinct and do not take no as an answer”…[Listen for More] <br /> <br/></p> <h5>More About Martina Fuchs:</h5> <p><a href="">Real Medicine Foundation</a><br /> <br/></p> <h5>Neil’s Quote at the Beginning:</h5> <p>“For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. The more you look the more you see.” Robert M. Pirsig <br /> <br/></p> <h5>Other Quotes From the Chat with Martina Fuchs:</h5> <p>“People do what you do not what you say” <br /> “Listen to the people that really want to empower him and not the people who know everything better” <br /> “You have to follow what makes you happy” <br /> “You cannot choose what comes into your life, but you can choose your reaction” <br /> “Most people are on auto pilot” <br /> “Leaders eat last” <br /> “Strong organisations have a very strong why”</p> <p>Get daily podcast interviews with successful entrepreneurs by clicking <a href="">|The Entrepreneur Way</a></p>