excerpt from a report by Tita Dumagsa, Tony Dumagsa and Jonathan White
On February 26th, Real Medicine Foundation received and distributed a second donation of medical supplies. International Relief & Development (IRD) generously provided the shipment as part of our ongoing Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief efforts.
Dr. Minerva Millor and her team, Dr. James Najarro of Bantayan Hospital, Ms. Imelda Calungsod of Bogo City Provincial Hospital, Mr. Mansueto Luche, the Hospital Administrative Director of Daan Bantayan Hospital, several midwives and 20 support workers unloaded a 40-foot container of general medical supplies, including much needed dressings, surgical kits and IV supplies, among other items.
RMF Philippines Project Directors Tony and Tita Dumagsa, Board Member and VP of CITAA, Engr. Charlie Ng, and CITAA Board Member Engr. Marno Arcenas, whose car and services were used to transport the shipment to Bogo, acted as representatives for RMF and IRD.
The large crew of volunteers was able to unload the container in record time — they started at 8:30am and finished by 9:36am!
Recent fighting has driven more than 65,000 refugees from DRC into Uganda and an update from RMF’s Panyadoli Health Center in Uganda confirms “the situation continues to be desperate, especially for small children and pregnant women.” RMF has provided a large supply of medicines and supplies to Bundibugyo Refugee Settlement and we have been asked to continue supplying medicine that is not being provided by other NGOs. Urgent priorities include additional shelter, water sources, communal kitchens, vaccination clinics for children under five, as well as support to existing health centers.
But there is good news despite the gravity of the situation. Since RMF started supplying medication, equipment and supplies to the health center, patients and the local community at large are thankful for the services provided but also for positively impacting the community attitude. RMF has been able to provide critical support through the Panyadoli Health Center and patients are getting the attention they need.
Nyamatora Charity, for example, a 2-year-old Ugandan national/IDP living with her parents in the resettlement community was admitted to Panyadoli with severe malaria. After three days as an inpatient Nyamatora Charity was discharged following successful treatment. Her mother says, “Ever since we were brought to this settlement as internally displaced people, we have never seen any problems in medical services in this health center. This is especially true when Real Medicine Foundation started supplying medical equipment like drugs, blankets, mosquito nets and many other items. That’s why I myself always have hope of getting fair treatment in Panyadoli Health Centre. What I have loved here most is the work force in all departments are supported by Real Medicine Foundation by employing other staff in different departments has eased the work load of the hospital. Thank you to those who donate funds to Real Medicine Foundation in support of this health center.”
Grant funds more than 13,000 pounds of medical supplies
January 21, 2014 - 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 Humanity United, Pam and Pierre Omidyar, 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. “We received reports that many patients were dying because of a lack of basic resources and supplies,” said Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United.
In December, one RMF supporter, Mrs. Mishella Perez, decided that she needed to do something to help the people of the Philippines – she wanted to take ACTION! Mishella organized a local fundraiser in her town of San Diego, a 5K walk/run to fundraise for RMF’s work in the Philippines.
Humanity United announced today that it will provide Real Medicine Foundation with a $50,000 grant to provide supplies, medicine and support for the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan. The aid comes at a critical time for the country, with violence since mid-December displacing over 180,000 people.
To learn more about the grant the Humanity United press release has been posted below and for a recent update on the hospital click here.
CEO Dr. Martina Fuchs traveled to Bantayan Island to assess the medical situation following Typhoon Haiyan (the main hospital suffered serious damage) and learned that the typhoon practically decimated the fishing industry as well; 90% of households depend on fishing. Here are a few photographs from that trip.
Martina returned from the Philippines with wonderful stories about the resilience of the people and an urgency to get the hospital and livelihood projects moving. Here are a few photos from the second half of her journey.
Damaged power lines.
Children in Medellin. When it starts getting dark there is no light in the streets or in the houses. The fire in the background is where people are burning debris, broken trees, etc. from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in an effort to clean up.
Map showing Martina’s itinerary: Cebu City, north to Bogo City to Don Pedro Barangay to Nailon Barangay to San Remigio to Medellin, cross over to Bantayan island to visit Bantayan and Santa Fe, back to Cebu Island to visit Daanbantayan.
Town hall meeting with the Mayor of Bogo City and Dr. Minerva Millor.