Real Medicine Foundation RMF Press Releases, News, and Updates from Around the World http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/ 2018-05-29T18:25:02-07:00 The BBC: Hurricane Maria 'killed 4,600 in Puerto Rico' http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/05/29/the-bbc-hurricane-maria-killed-4600-in-puerto-rico/ 2018-05-29T18:25:02-07:00 2018-05-29T15:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5b0dd0fd40780820ed0bae88/_101795763_mediaitem101795762_edit.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: <span class="caps">AFP</span>/<span class="caps">GETTY</span></em></p> <p><br /></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bbc.com/"><span class="caps">BBC</span></a> has published an article detailing new findings on Hurricane Maria&#8217;s death toll in Puerto Rico. While the official number is 64, a new <a href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1803972?query=featured_home">Harvard University study</a> estimates that the actual death toll is more than 4,600. Broken roads and extensive power outages interrupted medical care, contributing to a third of deaths after the hurricane. Six months after the storm, thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without electricity, and many are struggling to pay for expensive generators that run vital life support equipment.</p> <blockquote> <p>Disruption to health care was a &#8220;growing contributor to both morbidity and mortality&#8221; in natural disasters, they said, because growing numbers of patients had chronic diseases and used sophisticated equipment that relied on electricity.</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below or on <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44294366">The BBC&#8217;s website.</a></p> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico includes the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions.</strong> We are supporting the operations of <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2018/02/16/dr-martina-fuchs-visits-to-determine-next-steps-december-2017/">5 health clinics</a>. We also plan to support the Vega Alta Clinic by providing medications and human resources; this clinic will act as a hub for medical outreach activities. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The New York Times: How Storms, Missteps, and an Ailing Grid Left Puerto Rico in the Dark http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/05/21/new-york-times-how-storms-missteps-and-an-ailing-grid-left-puerto-rico-in-the-dark/ 2018-05-22T09:09:31-07:00 2018-05-21T21:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5b039b4123f8123b5e00e847/2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Yasmin Morales Torres standing in what was left of a relative’s home in Yabucoa. In the storms’ devastation, the island all but slipped from the modern era. (Photo: Todd Heisler)</em></p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com">The New York Times</a> published an article by James Glanz and Frances Robles. The article details how Hurricane Maria, the decisions of federal and local authorities, and the poorly maintained power grid have left many Puerto Ricans still in the dark. The lack of resources and the difficult terrain have also contributed to the delay in restoring electricity to the island as a whole.</p> <blockquote> <p>“I’ve never seen anything like that — not in a developed nation,” said Ed Muller, a former energy executive whose generation and transmission equipment suffered flooding by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, severe storm damage in Jamaica and earthquakes in California. In the Caribbean, he said, “hurricanes come through regularly, and have forever. You move people in and you get it done. And we haven’t done it.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below or on <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/06/us/puerto-rico-power-grid-hurricanes.html?nl=top-stories&amp;nlid=63213935ries&amp;ref=headline">The New York Times website.</a></p> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico includes the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions.</strong> We are supporting the operations of <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2018/02/16/dr-martina-fuchs-visits-to-determine-next-steps-december-2017/">5 health clinics</a>. We also plan to support the Vega Alta Clinic by providing medications and human resources; this clinic will act as a hub for medical outreach activities. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org MHM Research Presented at SACOSAN 7: April 10, 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/04/11/mhm-research-presented-at-sacosan-7-april-10-2018/ 2018-04-11T18:38:18-07:00 2018-04-11T18:25:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5aceb0864078082b221eb4b2/Afshan_SACOSAN_7_April_10_2018.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><br /></p> <h4><span class="caps">RMF</span> Pakistan&#8217;s Research</h4> <h5><span class="caps">MHM</span> at <span class="caps">SACOSAN</span> 7</h5> <p><br /> On April 10, 2018, <span class="caps">RMF</span> Pakistan Program Manager Afshan Bhatti presented at the seventh <a href="https://sacosan.com" title="SACOSAN 7">South Asian Conference on Sanitation</a>. The topic of her presentation was “Path to an Equal World: Mainstreaming <span class="caps">MHM</span> in Education and Health.”</p> <p>Afshan emphasized that <strong>menstrual hygiene management (<span class="caps">MHM</span>) is a fundamental human right</strong> and is essential in achieving equality for women in any field. Girls from rural and urban communities need to have a voice in development of policies and plans. Afshan’s presentation was based on her research with <span class="caps">RMF</span>, including the recommendations provided by girls for mainstreaming <span class="caps">MHM</span> in health and education. She concluded that every girl and woman should be <strong>allowed to access accurate and pragmatic information on <span class="caps">MHM</span></strong> to enable them to exercise choice.</p> <p>As part of the research project, a <strong>Pakistan Girls’ Puberty Book</strong> is being developed to provide girls with accurate, practical information on puberty. The book is currently at the provincial ministries for approval as a supplementary reader.</p> <p>Afshan will speak again at <span class="caps">SACOSAN</span> 7 on April 12, 2018 on the theme of “The Sociology of Sanitation.”</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The New York Times: A Bittersweet Journey Back to Puerto Rico After Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/04/11/the-new-york-times-a-bittersweet-journey-back-to-puerto-rico-after-maria/ 2018-04-11T08:27:58-07:00 2018-04-11T08:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5ace236423f8121d3212bc1c/00puertoreturn1_superJumbo_v2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Five months after Hurricane Maria led them to flee Puerto Rico for New York, Enrique and Emma López returned recently to their home in Aguadilla, a small beach side town on the northwest corner of the island. (Photo: Christopher Gregory)</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com">The New York Times</a> published an article by Luis Ferré-Sadurní that follows Enrique and Emma López’s journey back to their home in Puerto Rico five months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Their story highlights the difficulties families are facing when loved ones return to their homes while others stay in the mainland US. Adult children worry about how their elderly parents will fare with so much of Puerto Rico&#8217;s infrastructure still in disarray. However, for Enrique and Emma, Puerto Rico is home, and they have been away too long.</p> <blockquote> <p>As Enrique put it before leaving the hotel for the last time, “I’m in heaven here, but I’m going back to paradise.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the image below or on <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/nyregion/return-to-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria.html?nl=top-stories&amp;nlid=63213935ries&amp;ref=headline">The New York Times website.</a></p> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico includes the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions.</strong> We are supporting the operations of <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2018/02/16/dr-martina-fuchs-visits-to-determine-next-steps-december-2017/">5 health clinics</a>. We also plan to support the Vega Alta Clinic by providing medications and human resources; this clinic will act as a hub for medical outreach activities. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Invitation to Palathuduwa Preschool's New Year Celebration http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/04/02/invitation-to-palathuduwa-preschools-new-year-celebration/ 2018-04-04T13:03:22-07:00 2018-04-02T12:00:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <h4>New Year Festival Celebration</h4> <h5>YOU&#8217;RE <span class="caps">INVITED</span>!</h5> <p><span class="caps">RMF</span>-supported Palathuduwa Preschool is pleased to be celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year once more. The teachers cordially invite RMF&#8217;s staff and supporters to join us for the event.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5ac52b1f4078082b4e0115d7/Palathudua_New_Year_s_Celebration_2018.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org 65,773 New DRC Refugee Arrivals Since January 1, 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/03/28/65773-new-drc-refugee-arrivals-since-january-1-2018/ 2018-03-28T16:33:08-07:00 2018-03-28T15:40:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5abc15194078082b22088a46/Uganda_DRC_new_arrivals_18Dec2017_26_Mar2018_GRAPH.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>©UNHCR</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> reports <strong>65,773 new refugee arrivals</strong> from the Democratic of the Congo (<span class="caps">DRC</span>) since January 1, 2018 which exceeds the 2018 operational planning figure of 60,000. 2,672 unaccompanied and separated children and 247 survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (<span class="caps">SGBV</span>) have been identified since mid-December. The number of arrivals remained significant with a daily influx of 605 refugees during the reporting period. Officials also report an outbreak of cholera among the refugees.</p> <blockquote> <p>Since the onset of the cholera outbreak, a <strong>total of 2,006 cholera cases</strong> have been reported in Kyangwali (1,898) and Kyaka II (108) and 42 cholera-related deaths – 39 in Kyangwali and 3 in Kyaka II. This represents a mortality rate of 2.09, with no deaths occurred during the reporting period. Furthermore, 661 cases of bloody diarrhea have been reported in Kyangwali since 19 February. Active search and preventive measures have been reinforced in cooperation with the Hoima District Health Office.</p> </blockquote> <p><img src="/assets/5abc163c4078082b22088b63/Uganda_DRC_emergency_update_MAP_2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>©UNHCR</em></p> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs, and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008</strong>. We have established <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/">10 initiatives</a> in Uganda which consist of health care, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention and treatment, psychological trauma support, education support, vocational support, community support, and refugee support. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</strong> in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The Washington Post: Exodus from Puerto Rico Grows as Island Struggles to Rebound from Hurricane Maria http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/03/12/the-washington-post-exodus-from-puerto-rico-grows-as-island-struggles-to-rebound-from-hurricane-maria/ 2018-03-12T13:24:06-07:00 2018-03-12T12:10:00-07:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5aa6d2dc40780805c4607cc8/WP.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>A home damaged by Hurricane Maria in Comerio, Puerto Rico. The town, in the mountainous area of the island, is still mostly without power, according to Mayor Josian Santiago. (Erika P. Rodriguez/For The Washington Post)</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com">The Washington Post</a> released an article highlighting the major depopulation event that is currently ongoing in Puerto Rico. People are leaving en masse since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, wiping out the power grid, communication systems, and infrastructure. Almost <strong>58,000 homes</strong> are making due with blue tarps as a roof. Tens of thousands of people are still without electricity, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that <strong>1 in 10 customers still won’t have it by the end of March.</strong> Even though they do not want to leave their home, many Puerto Ricans are beginning to see leaving the island as their only option.</p> <blockquote> <p>“You try to see the bright side, but it’s too dim to see anything good,” Camacho said. “I’m done. Once I get a chance, I’m out.”</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the image below or on <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exodus-from-puerto-rico-grows-as-island-struggles-to-rebound-from-hurricane-maria/2018/03/06/b2fcb996-16c3-11e8-92c9-376b4fe57ff7_story.html?utm_term=.d9ba7fe264a5&amp;wpisrc=nl_az_most&amp;wpmk=1">The Washington Post website.</a></p> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico will include the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions.</strong> Already we have begun supporting the operations of <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2018/02/16/dr-martina-fuchs-visits-to-determine-next-steps-december-2017/">5 health clinics</a>. We also plan to support the Vega Alta Clinic by providing medications and human resources; this clinic will act as a hub for medical outreach activities. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The UNHCR Reports 11,833 New DRC Refugee Arrivals in Uganda http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/02/19/the-unhcr-reports-11833-new-drc-refugee-arrivals-in-uganda/ 2018-02-19T08:22:38-08:00 2018-02-19T07:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a85f7b623f81205e626b2e0/UNHCR_Feb_2018_Update_1.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: ©UNHCR/Vlora Shemsedini</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> reports that between the 6th and 9th of February 2018, some <strong>11,833 new refugees</strong> from the Democratic of the Congo (<span class="caps">DRC</span>) entered Uganda. With attacks on civilians, killings, and the destruction of private property, people are fleeing their homes to escape the disturbing rise in violence. Men, women, and children are crowding into boats to make the hazardous border crossing.</p> <blockquote> <p>Aboard an overloaded canoe, the journey across Lake Albert can take up to 10 hours, while speed boats can make the crossing in four hours. There have been several incidents of boats going adrift due to engine failure or insufficient fuel, prompting rescue operations by the Uganda Police Marine Forces. Several thousands of people are reportedly gathering on the Congolese side of Lake Albert waiting for their turn to cross, though the cost of the journey remains prohibitive for many –approximately 20,000 Ugandan Shillings per person.</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs, and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008</strong>. We have established <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/">10 initiatives</a> in Uganda which consist of health care, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention and treatment, psychological trauma support, education support, vocational support, community support, and refugee support. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</strong> in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org South Sudan Medical Journal: February 2018 http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/02/15/south-sudan-medical-journal-february-2018/ 2018-03-06T10:17:01-08:00 2018-02-15T12:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p>The February 2018 issue of <a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/">South Sudan Medical Journal</a> has been published from our partners at The Juba Link.<br /> <img src="/assets/5a85e94023f81205e6269835/SSMJ_1.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>You can view and download the journal as a <span class="caps">PDF</span> below. To view the articles on the web, click the links below.</p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/february-2018/editorial-the-call-to-battle-cancer-in-south-sudan.html">The Call to Battle Breast Cancer in South Sudan</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/february-2018/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-and-service-barriers-in-a-tuberculosis-programme-in-lakes-state-south-sudan-a-qualitative-study.html">Knowledge, Attitude and Practice, and Service Barriers in a Tuberculosis Programme in Lakes State, South Sudan: A Qualitative Study</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/february-2018/knowledge-of-tuberculosis-and-factors-responsible-for-low-case-detection-in-the-amansie-central-district-ghana.html">Knowledge of Tuberculosis and Factors Responsible for Low Case Detection in the Amansie Central District, Ghana</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/february-2018/bladder-exstrophy-epispadias-complex-in-a-newborn-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature.html">Bladder Exstrophy – Epispadias Complex in a Newborn: A Case Report and Review of Literature</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com/archive/february-2018/type-iib-ileosigmoid-knotting-a-case-report.html">Type <span class="caps">IIB</span> Ileosigmoid Knotting: A Case Report</a></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org 6.2 Million People are in Need of Humanitarian Assistance in Somalia http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/02/01/62-million-people-are-in-need-of-humanitarian-assistance-in-somalia/ 2018-02-01T14:10:28-08:00 2018-02-01T13:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><a href="https://www.unocha.org"><span class="caps">OCHA</span></a> has released a report detailing the current situation in Somalia and its response to the famine that has taken hold of the nation. More than <strong>411,000 school age children have been displaced</strong> since November 2016 due to drought and conflict, and people in crisis are in immediate need of access to food and clean water.</p> <blockquote> <p>Humanitarian needs remain high. The number of people in <span class="caps">IPC</span> 4 (Emergency) has grown tenfold from 83,000 people in January 2017 to 866,000 in January 2018. <strong>Overall, more than 6.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 3.3 million of these require urgent life-saving assistance</strong>. Nearly 1.2 million children are projected to be malnourished and approximately <strong>232,000 of these will face life-threatening severe acute malnutrition</strong>. Internal displacement has doubled to above 2.1 million people. On 17 January, humanitarians presented the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan seeking US$1.6 billion to provide life-saving and protection assistance to 5.4 million people. The Response Plan is an extension of last year’s famine prevention efforts. <strong>Resources are needed urgently to enable humanitarian partners to sustain famine prevention efforts in 2018.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><em>The full report can be read by clicking the images below.</em></p> <p>In June 2017, <span class="caps">RMF</span> distributed <a href="/initiative-reports/somalia/archives/2017/07/10/providing-desperately-needed-nutrition-to-famine-afflicted-families-june-17-20-2017/"><strong>450 food packages</strong> to IDPs (internally displaced persons) in Ceelasha Biyaha, Somalia</a> . Our first distribution consisted of 150 food packages containing pasta, canned tuna, and dates. Each package held enough to feed a family of 6 for 10 days. During our second outreach, we successfully distributed 300 food packages. Each of these packages contained enough food to feed a family of 6 for 5 days. <strong>RMF’s intervention will continue responding to the immediate emergency food crises and needs of drought and conflict-affected communities, through the provision of a food voucher system for 150 households within Kahda District and Adale District.</strong></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Southern Peru http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/28/magnitude-71-earthquake-strikes-southern-peru/ 2018-01-29T06:39:36-08:00 2018-01-28T21:55:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a6eb13123f81205e616dd51/_99592815_503d4f15_fc9f_493d_9313_6afd2252dd70.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: <span class="caps">EPA</span></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news"><span class="caps">BBC</span> News</a> reports that on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:18 AM, an <strong>earthquake of magnitude 7.1</strong> was recorded near Acari in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. One person is confirmed dead, dozens have been injured, and homes and roads collapsed.</p> <blockquote> <p>The area between the South America and Nazca plates, where the tremor occurred, is prone to earthquakes, with <strong>13 above magnitude 6.5 occurring over the past century</strong>, the US Geological Survey says.</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the image below or on the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-42682496"><span class="caps">BBC</span> website.</a></p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has vast experience responding to disasters.</strong> Our work in <a href="/our-work/countries/peru/">Peru</a> began in the wake of a massive earthquake that struck off the central coast on August 15, 2007. Since then, we’ve treated more than 15,000 patients and deepened our ties to the community by <a href="/our-work/countries/peru/initiatives/policlinico-peruano-americano/">providing consistent access to quality health care</a> . <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s knowledge of disaster relief, we are preparing to provide mobile medical outreach care for affected communities, while providing emergency kits for 3,000 people displaced or most vulnerable after the earthquake.</strong></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org 1,161 New Refugee Arrivals in Uganda from the DRC http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/23/10666-new-refugee-arrivals-in-uganda-from-the-drc/ 2018-01-23T09:39:27-08:00 2018-01-23T09:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a67728a23f81205e6119b41/UNHCR_update_photo.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: ©UNHCR/Razak Katabazi</em></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.unhcr.org"><span class="caps">UNHCR</span></a> reports that between the 17th and 19th of January 2018, some <strong>1,161 new refugee arrivals</strong> from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (<span class="caps">DRC</span>) crossed to Uganda via Kisoro (873), Kanungu (234), and Lake Albert (54), bringing the <strong>total number of new arrivals to 10,666 since December 18, 2017</strong>.</p> <blockquote> <p>According to refugees arriving at Nyakabande transit centre, Kisoro district, attacks against civilians by Mai-­‐Mai militia and other armed opposition groups continue unabated in North Kivu, including arbitrary killings, rape, abductions and looting.</p> </blockquote> <p>The full report can be read by clicking the images below.</p> <p><strong>Real Medicine Foundation has been serving Ugandans, Ugandan IDPs, and refugees from other African nations since April 26th, 2008</strong>. We have established <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/">10 initiatives</a> in Uganda which consist of health care, <span class="caps">HIV</span>/<span class="caps">AIDS</span> prevention and treatment, psychological trauma support, education support, vocational support, community support, and refugee support. <strong><span class="caps">RMF</span> is the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span> Health Implementing Partner</strong> in both the <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/healthcare-implementing-partner-for-unhcr-at-bidibidi-refugee-settlement/">Bidibidi</a> and <a href="/our-work/countries/uganda/initiatives/kiryandongo-refugee-settlement-project/">Kiryandongo</a> refugee settlements of Uganda, providing much-needed health services and other support to refugees.</p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org RMF Honored during Hospital’s 56th Anniversary Ceremony http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/19/rmf-honored-during-hospitals-56th-anniversary-ceremony/ 2018-01-19T22:35:06-08:00 2018-01-19T21:50:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a62d3d940780805c418338b/Kanti_1.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>On January 6, 2018, <a href="http://kantichildrenhospital.gov.np/">Kanti Children’s Hospital</a> held a ceremony to celebrate its 56th anniversary. Minister of Health Dipak Bohara was the chief guest, and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Health, other hospitals, universities, and government agencies were present as special guests. During the ceremony, Kanti Children’s Hospital presented three supporting organizations, including Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>), with certificates of appreciation. The certificate is signed by Dr. Ganesh Kumar Rai, director of the hospital; Chairman Subodh Raj Acharya of the Kanti Children’s Hospital Development Board; and Minister of Health Dipak Bohara.</p> <blockquote> <p>This certificate of appreciation marks a milestone in <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal’s partnership with government agencies, and <strong>we are deeply honored and proud</strong> of this achievement.</p> </blockquote> <p>Shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, <span class="caps">RMF</span> started its <a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/initiatives/kanti-childrens-hospital/">support of Kanti Children’s Hospital</a> by donating more than $400,000 worth of medicines, medical supplies, and laboratory supplies. <span class="caps">RMF</span> continues to support a blood bank, lodging, food, transportation, medicines, laboratory services, and other necessities for needy patients and their families. In March 2017, <span class="caps">RMF</span> also began supporting human resources at Kanti Children’s Hospital, and is now providing the hospital with 3 medical officers and 4 registered nurses.</p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62dcc023f81205e60f4675/Kanti_Certificate_of_Appreciation_to_RMF_2.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e18323f81205e60f4bac/Kanti_3.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e1c523f81205e60f4c4e/Kanti_4.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p><img src="/assets/5a62e1d323f81205e60f4ca7/Kanti_5.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org Nepal Cold Wave Claims More Than 40 Lives http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/13/nepal-cold-wave-claims-more-than-40-lives/ 2018-01-15T12:54:45-08:00 2018-01-13T12:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a5d03c840780805c411802e/1_12012_2_Balbalika_13012018080159_1000x0.jpg" style="width:2880px;"><br /> <em>Photo: the Kathmandu Post</em></p> <p><a href="http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com">The Kathmandu Post</a> has reported on the continued cold wave in Nepal and the toll it is taking on flood-displaced families. These families are without warm clothing or shelter, and many are suffering with hypothermia.</p> <blockquote> <p>Cold has led to <strong>more than 40 deaths</strong> in several Tarai districts this winter. More than half of these fatalities have been reported in Saptari, where 25 people have died so far.</p> </blockquote> <p>The entire article can be read by clicking the image below or reading it on the <a href="http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-01-13/cold-wave-claims-10-more-lives-in-saptari-and-rautahat.html">Kathmandu Post website.</a></p> <p>Real Medicine Foundation (<span class="caps">RMF</span>) arrived in Nepal shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, and we <strong><a href="http://www.realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/nepal/">continue to provide relief, medical, and educational support</a></strong> in several regions of the country. <span class="caps">RMF</span> Nepal&#8217;s cold wave relief efforts are concentrated in the Terai region. <strong>We are working with a local partner organization and the local government to provide relief through free health camps and blankets for the families most affected in the region.</strong></p> RMF info@realmedicinefoundation.org The New York Times Releases Maria's Hidden Toll http://realmedicinefoundation.org/media/press-releases/archives/2018/01/11/the-new-york-times-releases-marias-hidden-toll/ 2018-01-11T14:32:44-08:00 2018-01-11T14:00:00-08:00 [ Read more...]]]> <p><img src="/assets/5a57e59423f81205e607887d/Maria_s_Hidden_Toll.jpg" style="width:2880px;"></p> <p>The New York Times released a <strong><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005620786/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-mental-health.html?emc=edit_ta_20180107&amp;nl=top-stories&amp;nlid=63213935&amp;ref=headline=.11df3ea3d06c">documentary which details an unseen crisis developing in Puerto Rico, a crisis of mental health.</a></strong> Take the time to watch and hear the stories of Puerto Ricans still struggling with daily life after Hurricane Maria.</p> <blockquote> <p>People kept telling me they couldn&#8217;t sleep. They were depressed. They were having panic attacks. And the hospitals were reporting that emergency rooms were filling up with people having suicidal thoughts.</p> </blockquote> <p>Soon after Hurricane Maria’s devastating passage through Puerto Rico, <a href="/initiative-reports/puerto-rico/archives/2017/11/01/initiative-concept-october-2017/"><span class="caps">RMF</span> sent a team to conduct a needs assessment</a>, bring some initial medical supplies, and form local connections. <strong>Drawing upon RMF’s emergency health programs and lessons learned in various countries, our response in Puerto Rico will include the implementation of transitional and temporary health posts, such as mobile clinic and outreach services that will seek to provide lifesaving interventions</strong> through medical triage of critical cases to functioning nearby heath facilities or hospitals, including transportation of patients by local means. Read more about our initiative on our <a href="/our-work/countries/puerto-rico/initiatives/hurricane-maria-relief/">Hurricane Maria Relief page</a>.</p> https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005620786/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-mental-health.html?emc=edit_ta_20180107&nl=top-stories&nlid=63213935&ref=headline info@realmedicinefoundation.org