Grant funds more than 13,000 pounds of medical supplies

January 21, 2014 /strong> Los Angeles, CA Today Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) announced that it has successfully delivered more than 13,000 pounds of urgently needed medicines, medical supplies and equipment to Juba Teaching Hospital.  Because of the generous support of Michael Wilson and The Maya Foundation, RMF was able to initiate the procurement of critically needed supplies in Kampala to be shipped to Juba Teaching Hospital in the course of late December/early January. 856 boxes of medicines, medical supplies and equipment were provided to Juba Teaching Hospital on January 10, 2014.

Since tensions started in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, more than 400,000 people are estimated to have fled their homes; thousands have been wounded and killed.  Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), a 580-bed facility located in Juba City, is the only referral hospital in the whole country with an estimated population of 9.6million. The hospital has been overwhelmed even before the current conflict. In these last few weeks JTH has been inundated with patients, severely wounded and seriously ill, and running desperately low on urgently needed medical supplies, medicines, and equipment to do its life-saving work. Since many people arrived with severe wounds, there were also urgent requests to donate blood.

“Since our consignment included thousands of blood bags and blood giving sets, Juba Teaching Hospital initiated a blood drive immediately,” said Dr. Martina Fuchs, founder and CEO of Real Medicine Foundation. “More than 90 people donated blood in just a few hours. The hospital had been working so hard without supplies they desperately needed. The impact this shipment is having is incredible. It is helping thousands of patients and saving countless lives.”

As of January 20, 2014, there are urgent requests from the MOH to share half of the supplies provided to Juba Teaching Hospital with the Teaching Hospitals in Wau and Malakal since their situation is desperate.

About Real Medicine Foundation

Real Medicine Foundation is at the new frontier of humanitarian support, creating long-term solutions to health care and poverty-related issues around the globe.  By creating effective models and adaptable solutions, we empower people, paving the way for communities around the world to become strong and self-sufficient.  RMF has been present in Juba, South Sudan since 2009, and has done extensive work in partnership with the Ministry of Health to create and support healthcare infrastructure in the new nation.  RMF is Co-Founder of the Juba College of Nursing and Midwifery, the country’s first National Health Training Diploma Institute. RMF has supported JTH since the beginning of 2013 and founded a training program on Respectful Maternity Care.

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