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Study on Root Causes of Menstrual Hygiene Management Challenges in Pakistan Schools

Socio-Cultural Factors Must be Addressed

RMF, Columbia University, and University of Edmonton have collaborated to conduct a new study with the goal of understanding key factors which still need to be addressed to facilitate progress and prevent menstruation-related interruptions in class attendance. The study also revealed some of the ways which the current maintenance and design of existing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in schools limits the success of WASH interventions.

This scientific research will be published in the Journal…

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MHM at SACOSAN 7

On April 10, 2018, RMF Pakistan Program Manager Afshan Bhatti presented at the seventh South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN 7). The topic of her presentation was “Path to an Equal World: Mainstreaming MHM in Education and Health.”

Afshan emphasized that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is a fundamental human right 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…

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Educating young women about their bodies, and specifically menstruation, creates a culture of dignity and respect. In early 2015, Dr. Marni Sommer of Columbia University," in collaboration with Real Medicine Foundation":http://realmedicinefoundation.org/our-work/countries/pakistan/initiatives/unicef-implementing-partner-for-menstrual-hygiene-management-mhm-research/, and with funding from Grow N Know Inc (G&K), launched a research study to explore how the onset of menstruation and puberty influences Pakistani girls’ school-going experiences, including school retention, and to develop the Pakistan Girls’ Puberty Book in line with G&K’s model of similar puberty books in low and middle-income countries, with the aim to promote young women’s health and education…

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Izhar Ullah, of The Express Tribune, recently featured RMF Pakistan Manager of Research Projects Afshan Bhatti in an article about menstrual hygiene in Pakistan. Here is a small excerpt:

"In her address, Afshan Bhatti, the representative of Real Medicine Foundation, a non-profit working to improve the health sector in disaster-hit regions, said that according to a research conducted by her organisation, 79% of Pakistani women were not properly managing menstrual hygiene.

“Like safe drinking water and improved sanitation, menstrual hygiene is also one of the basic needs of women to live a dignified life,” she said.…

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Ms. Afshan Bhatti, our Research Manager in Pakistan, presented our UNICEF poster on our research on MHM in Pakistan at the 5th Annual MHM Conference that took place in New York on October 26, 2016.

The 5th Virtual Conference on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in WASH in Schools (WinS) will focus on the voices of girls’ captured globally to guide action and political commitments. This year’s presentations come from a range of countries, including Nepal, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Kyrgyzstan and Kenya! They will highlight examples of directly capturing girls’ voices on MHM barriers and proposed solutions,…

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On October 26, 2015, at 1409 hrs, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The epicenter was 76 Km south of Feyzabad Afghanistan, north of the Chitral border of Pakistan. The earthquake has been calculated to have occurred due to reverse faulting at approximately 190 Km below the earth’s surface where the Indian tectonic plate moves northward and collides with Eurasian plate at a velocity of about 37 mm/yr. This convergence collision has produced the highest mountain peaks in the world including the Himalayan, the Karakoram, the Pamir and the Hindu Kush ranges.

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Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director for Pakistan, spoke with WIRED about the earthquake.

Nick Stockton 10.27.15

The Afghan Quake’s True Cost Could Come in the Winter

On Monday, a massive earthquake shook the Hindu Kush mountains. Residents felt its effects across hundreds of miles, but so far reports of any destruction have been minimal relative to the quake’s 7.51 magnitude.

That doesn’t mean the threat is over. Tomorrow, military and aid workers will survey the damage in outlying areas, and probably return with more injured and dead. But not all earthquake damage can be counted…

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More than 200 people have died, mostly in Pakistan, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan. Tremors were also felt in northern India and Tajikistan. At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.

The earthquake center was in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 76km (45 miles) south of Faizabad. The death toll is set to rise as the most severely affected areas are very remote and communications have been cut off.

RMF’s Pakistan team is closely monitoring the situation, preparing our relief efforts.

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Article from Daily Times Pakistan detailing a seminar held by RMF, The University of Alberta, Canada, and the Child Health Programme on the findings of a research study titled "Are Community Midwives Addressing the Inequities in Access to Skilled Birth Attendance in Punjab, Pakistan."

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This picture appeared in Daily Akhbar Abbotabad on Sunday, 4th March 2012 Magazine number 111. The caption reads: Mansehra Project Manager Atif Quddu, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz and others addressing the gathering.

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), Pakistan, handed over the Primary Health Unit of Talhatta to the Health Department, of District Mansehra. The Health Unit, set up in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake of Oct 2005, had been running under the collaboration of RMF and Hashoo Foundation and provided quality health care to nearly 120,000 poor and vulnerable people of Talhatta and the neighboring union Councils.

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English Translation Below Article

HANDING OVER OF THE RMF-HF HEALTH UNIT TALHATTA TO MANSEHRA

Mansehra (INB) In a function here on Saturday, representatives of Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), Pakistan and Hashoo Foundation (HF), Pakistan, handed over the RMF-HF Health Unit in Talhatta to the Health Department, of District Mansehra. The Health Unit had been running under the collaboration of RMF and HF since 2006

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that shook the Northern Areas of Pakistan, the Health Unit was set-up…

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This picture appeared in Daily Mahasib from Abbotabad on Sunday, 4th March, 2012. The caption reads: Mansehra: Project Manager Atif Quddus, Dr. Rubina Mumtaz and others addressing the gathering.

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This picture appeared in Daily Shimla from Abbotabad on 4th March, 2012.

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), Pakistan, handed over the Primary Health Unit of Talhatta to the Health Department, of District Mansehra. The Health Unit, set up in the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake of Oct 2005, had been running under the collaboration of RMF and Hashoo Foundation and provided quality health care to nearly 120,000 poor and vulnerable people of Talhatta and the neighboring union Councils.

The closing ceremony was led by Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director, RMF as she highlighted the progress and achievements…

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Article from online Pakistan paper "TheNews.com"

"A new research-based project has been launched to understand the hurdles that Community Midwives (CMWs) face in provision of maternal health services, and the poor and unprivileged face in accessing these services. The project focuses on how gender, class and social exclusion play a critical role in the provision of maternal health services.

The project has been initiated by Real Medicine Foundation (RMF), an international organisation working to achieve long-term solutions to healthcare and poverty-related issues, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada,…

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Article in The Sindhian about our project partners Sweta Chawla and Dr. Geet Chainani in the Sindh Mobile Clinic Project. Initiative information here

Article in PDF format here.

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RMF Pakistan Regional Director, Dr. Geet Chainani, M.D., is interviewed about her work in Pakistan by the Aman Ki Asha news.

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http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=391

 

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We are very proud to announce that Real Medicine Foundation has received a grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund for our disaster relief efforts in response to the flooding in Pakistan.

Through the Tides Foundation, Google’s charitable fund manager, we received $25,000 directed towards the immediate funding of our medical camps treating the flood affected across Pakistan. We have so far held two of these medical outreach camps and have already treated thousands of patients. With this new funding we will be able to…

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Harvard School of Public Health awards students for work with Real Medicine Foundation awarded to Rubina Mumtaz and Omar Amir for their work with RMF Team Pakistan in May 2006.

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HELLO TO OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD FROM THE REAL MEDICINE FOUNDATION TEAM!

We decided to start a new monthly tradition: to update you about our work and our successes – both of which would not be possible without your ongoing emotional and financial support. We are excited to share the ripple effects with you. What started out as a promise to a small community in a devastated area in the Indian Ocean at the beginning of 2005, is growing quickly into an international network of "friends helping friends" around the world.

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The intrepid team (from left) Amir, Toegel, Pietramaggiori, and Ouyang are warming up in a tent in Pakistan by the heat of a single burner. (Photo courtesy of Real Medicine Foundation)

 

Three HSPH students and an HMS fellow greeted the new year by dispensing medicine and care in the mountains of Pakistan

By Bob Brustman

Harvard News Office

In late December and January, while most of us found ways to remain warm and snug in the face of…

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“Wound Care Kit” developed by Real Medicine Foundation Doctor Saves Lives in Pakistan

LOS ANGELES – Real Medicine Foundation Pakistan Team member, Giorgio Pietramaggiori, MD, has developed a wound care kit which is saving the lives and limbs of Pakistan earthquake survivors.

After the Oct. 8, 2005 earthquake caused massive loss of life and destruction, Boston-based surgeon Giorgio Pietramaggiori, MD, a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Padova incollaboration…

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