The Real Medicine Foundation is a humanitarian organization with a creative approach. Rather than go in with preconceived answers, we approach each situation by asking, “How can we help?” In this way, we can respond effectively and appropriately with customized services designed to best meet the immediate and long-term needs of the specific individuals and communities we serve. Our global network of “Friends Helping Friends” enables us to directly connect with those in need, carefully access how to make the greatest impact, and cooperatively deliver the highest-quality support. Whether we are providing physical, emotional, social, or economic support, our goal is to empower with real solutions that heal, give hope, and rebuild lives, both now and in the future.
The Real Medicine Foundation was founded in May 2005 inspired by lessons we learned after working for months in the tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. We established a children’s clinic in an area devastated by the tsunami. The clinic remains open, fully functional and very effective in healing the physically and emotionally displaced children of the region. While in Sri Lanka, we realized that most organizations going into crisis areas to provide aid for immediate needs tend to ignore that people’s lives remain shattered long after physical trauma is no longer an issue. The Real Medicine Foundation was created to provide longer term, sustained support in disaster, war-torn and poverty ravaged areas in addition to immediate physical aid. This long-term support addresses physical, emotional, economic and social needs, helping heal the ‘whole person’ and the ‘whole community’.
In Sri Lanka, we promised to take on the financing of several specific projects such as long-term medication for children, salaries for local doctors and treatment for post-traumatic stress syndrome. What started out as a promise to a small village in a devastated area on the Indian Ocean is growing quickly into an international network of “friends helping friends” around the world.
As Real Medicine prepared to deploy psycho trauma support teams around the world, Hurricane Katrina hit the United States on August 29. Quickly, the organization re-directed efforts and Mobile Psycho-Trauma teams were dispatched to work with children from Louisiana who had been displaced by the hurricane. The effectiveness of this domestic effort was then duplicated as Real Medicine dispersed teams of medical doctors in response to the South Asia earthquake of October, 2005, creating programs for long-term support and local training, rather than just medical triage.
download Elegy dvd Currently, the organization includes Real Medicine USA, Real Medicine Asia
(with branches in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Indonesia
), Real Medicine Africa (with projects in Mozambique and Nigeria), and Real Medicine Europe (so far in Germany). This has been achieved in twelve months.
will include regional headquarter operations on each continent with teams deployed on long term missions in every country where the need arises around the world. The Real Medicine Global Network will provide medical support as well as long term psychological, economic and social support where disaster, poverty and war drive the need to care for children and their families, and re-build community.
The Real Medicine Foundation is designed to capitalize on the passion of its members and supporters, always avoiding the crippling effects of bureaucracy. With a simple, lean coordinating management team in the US, operational teams are located in America, Asia, and Europe. All these teams are composed of people wanting to contribute their skills, time, knowledge, and their passion to support people in need.
Specifically, the work of the Real Medicine Foundation is to: provide medical support to disaster, post-war, and poverty stricken areas: to connect people to people: to re-build communities: to care for the future by caring for the children: to devise strategies for global solutions: to provide training for local people to extend the mission.
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