About Real Medicine Foundation Staff

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.

“Combating Malnutrition” Capstone Report: Collaboration between RMF and NYU Wagner School of Public Service

RMF is proud to announce that the Capstone team from the NYU Robert Wagner School of Public Service has successfully completed their collaboration on the Malnutrition Initiative in Madhya Pradesh. The Capstone team was engaged to assist RMF identify opportunities for eradicating malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh, while providing additional tools and information to assess program effectiveness. The objective of this report is to serve as an evaluative tool for RMF in regards to the “Eradicate Malnutrition” Program, from the perspective of the New York University Capstone team.

In April 2009, the Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) launched the “Eradicate Malnutrition” program in Madhya Pradesh, India in response to the high rates of malnutrition in the region. With the malnutrition rate in children under the age of five at 60 percent, Madhya Pradesh represents the largest burden of malnutrition for the country. At the onset of Real Medicine’s initiative, the RMF program directors identified the resource constraints with evaluating the project work and with consolidating ideas for future program expansion. Based on the field assessment and research of best practices in the treatment of child malnutrition, the Capstone team has provided key recommendations to RMF to enhance the identification, treatment and prevention of malnutrition.

The Capstone team was comprised of four graduate students from NYU: Jenny Hsieh, Hyein Lee, Eyiwunmi Salako, and Jaimie Shaff; with each team member bringing unique experience to the project. The project started in September 2009, and continued until May 2010. The following 95 page report summarizes the Capstone team’s findings, and identifies next steps for RMF to consider.

Read the full report (PDF)

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RMF San Diego–Charity Car Wash, July 27th 2010

June 27, 2010

La Jolla Strip Club Restaurant
4282 Esplanade Court

San Diego, CA 92122
12PM – 5PM

Come out for some good clean fun and help support The Real Medicine Foundation and raise awareness and funds for Real Medicine’s Malnutrition Eradication Program in India.

PRE-SALE TICKETS $10
And you receive a $10 coupon towards your next dining experience at the La Jolla Strip Club Restaurant!!
All donations are tax deductible!

For tickets contact: Carly Shankman@gmail.com
or call (631) 617 4165

Talhatta Clinic Quarterly Progress Report, RMF: Pakistan

by Dr. Zahoor Uddin and Jonathan White

Our clinic in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Hashoo Foundation, continues to successfully serve the surrounding communities in this fragile and underserved area of Northern Pakistan, being the only access to healthcare for 6-7 Union Councils and 150,000 people. Many walk a full day to visit the clinic, confident that they will receive good healthcare service. The clinic is the only one in this area having two LHVs (Lady Health Vistors) among its staff, which has encouraged many women and girls to visit the clinic premises with ease and confidence.

From January 1st, 2010 to March 31st, 2010, 6,029 patients were diagnosed and treated at the RMF-HF Health Unit Talhatta. During the quarter under review, the figures show that the patients visiting the unit consist of 41% males and 59% females. Overall, 27% of the patients were children.

Also during this quarter, 225 women came for antenatal visits, 268 women visited the health unit for gynecological problems, and remarkable 169 women visited the RMF-HF health unit for family planning. 45 emergency cases were referred to secondary and tertiary care hospitals for further treatment by our mountain ambulance which is medically equipped with oxygen, emergency first aid supplies and a full resuscitation kit.

Patient data:

Most of the diseases diagnosed and treated result from the harsh Himalayan weather and living conditions of the patients: Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI): 36%; Gastrointestinal Diseases: 18.1%; Scabies: 6%; General body aches and weaknesses: 6.7%; Urinary Tract Infections: 5.8%; Hypertension: 5.4%. Cases of suspected meningitis (12), acute abdomen (6), burns (7), acute appendicitis (8) and acute jaundice syndrome (12) were less frequent. These cases were subsequently referred to secondary and tertiary care hospitals for further treatment.
10 to 15 patients are also benefiting from home consultations each month.

Our health unit generates Quarterly Morbidity Reports (QMR), which are also shared with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

New proposals for clinic:

Three new proposals have been submitted for an expansion of this project: one relates to the integration of a fully-fledged Maternal Child Health Centre within the clinic; the second one proposes the creation of a community outreach program to train 40 Community Health Workers in the catchments areas, and the third proposes the addition of a pathology lab to the existing structure.

Read more about Healthcare Project, Union Council Talhatta, Balakot Tehsil, District Mansehra, Pakistan

Meet the team

Real Medicine and Jeevan Jyoti Hospital Inaugurate Nutrition Rehabilitation Center

by Michael Matheke-Fischer, Regional Programs Coordinator, South Asia

After months of negotiating the bureaucratic maze of India; acquiring form after form and signature after signature; tireless hours spent on renovation and beautification by our dedicated staff and volunteers, RMF and its partner, Jeevan Jyoti Health Service Society, who operate Jeevan Jyoti Hospital, proudly inaugurated its Nutritional Rehabilitation Center (NRC) in partnership with the state government of Madhya Pradesh.

After the requisite ribbon cutting and speech by the district’s Chief Medical Officer, we immediately admitted our first 12 patients, who had been waiting (while being looked after by our staff) for hours to be officially admitted.

This Public-Private Partnership (NRC) is one of a handful of its kind in all of India. The Government of Madhya Pradesh will provide the funding while RMF and JJHSS provide the facilities, the staff, and technical support for the difficult task of treating patients with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).

With the capacity to treat 20 children at a time, this center will offer round the clock care to children suffering from the worst forms of malnutrition.  The NRC provides the serious patients identified with a 14 day treatment consisting of regular feeding with micronutrient rich food and required antibiotics, de-worming, and treatment of underlying illnesses. Upon referral, the child’s height and weight are measured, a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Test is performed, and if SAM is present, the child is admitted.

Cases of SAM in Madhya Pradesh are treated with two types of therapeutic food depending on the severity and complications of their condition, and are eased back on to a normal diet by receiving specific amounts of formula, based on weight, during regular feedings every two hours.  We have a resident pediatrician regularly assessing the children and providing treatment for any complications, such as respiratory infections, diarrhea, or other illnesses.

Our dedicated staff of one pediatrician, 3 nurses, 3 caretakers, a cook, and a feeding demonstrator, will not only cater to the medical needs of these acute patients, mostly under the age of 5, but will also work closely with the mothers to address the root causes of malnutrition in their child.    The mother’s will stay with their child at our center for the course of their treatment and recovery – usually 14-21 days.

Our staff will take full advantage of this time by offering mothers one on one and group counseling and training on important nutritional issues such as breastfeeding, supplementary feeding, local recipes, sanitation, hygiene, and other topics the women want to learn.

Our goal is that each child treated at our center not only recovers from SAM, but also stays well.

The opening of Jeevan Jyoti’s NRC closes the circle of the Malnutrition Eradication program. At the field level, we work in 100 villages in the area, have already identified hundreds of children in need of treatment, have provided referrals to other facilities in the area, and followed up with children who have already received treatment.

Now, our Community Nutrition Educators have a closer facility that they can work with, can familiarize themselves with the treatment procedures at the NRC to better explain the services in the field, and will participate more closely in the follow ups with treated children to prevent relapse.

While all of our activities are linked closely with government practices already in place, we hope to go a step beyond current activities and to set a standard of excellence that will be adopted by other NRCs in the state.

The opening of the doors of this facility was a real victory for the children of Jhabua and RMF’s staff. Through the hard work of everyone, twelve children started on the road back to health today.

For more information on how SAM is treated in the NRCs in MP and to learn about opportunities to contribute to this program, please visit our website for more information: www.realmedicinefoundation.org

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RMF Inaugurates “Drop in Center” for Female Sex Workers, Madhya Pradesh, India


On May 26th, Real Medicine Foundation and its partner, Jeevan Jyoti Health Service Society, inaugurated the first of two “Drop in Centers” for Female Sex Workers (FSWs) under our HIV/AIDS Targeted Intervention with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Located in Meghnagar at the crossroads of the bus-station and next to the train station, the Drop in Centre is a place where women can come to feel safe, exchange information, receive information and counseling about HIV/AIDS, get referrals for testing, get condoms, come to classes or information sessions about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and general women’s health. It will also be the location for weekly clinic hours by a local OB-GYN and quarterly, large scale, health camps.

In addition to the HIV/AIDS, STI and health information, we are hoping that the women will make this space their own. Our six dynamic peer counselors helped pick out the new paint, provided some basic furniture, and put posters on the walls to make is more homely.

They will inform other women that they can go to the center anytime, and we also plan to hold literacy classes, minor vocational trainings, “beauty days,” henna classes, and other activities to make the women feel that they have a safe place to be, to cook, to meet with peers, and get as much information as they can.

In Addition to being a valuable place for sex workers to get information and feel safe, the idea fits perfectly with RMF’s commitment to providing “whole” health to individuals. With information, access to condoms and testing, or just a place to sit and chat and feel safe, the Drop In Center in Meghnagar will be a place where at-risk women can come and get, or stay, healthy both physically and mentally.

Find out more about this new  Female Sex Worker Woman’s Health and Empowerment Initiative

Meet Team India

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Baby William’s Story: One Child at a Time in Madhya Pradesh, India

Below is from a success story from a field report compiled in part by RMF volunteer Lisa Suen who traveled all the way from Los Angeles to join our team fighting malnutrition and HIV/AIDS in Madhya Pradesh, India:

Today, we went on a field visit to the village of Devigrah where our nutrition coordinators, along with the village liaison, were able to identify one village child whose condition suggested treatment at the Nutrition Rehabilitation Center (NRC).

The child was one-year old Baby William whose mother reported that he had been sick and vomiting recently, complications that can lead to malnutrition and can prove fatal for a child already weak or acutely malnourished. Baby William’s glossy eyes and lack of energy suggested malnutrition even at a glance.

Using the Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) evaluation, Baby William was diagnosed the spot and with an upper arm circumference of only 11.1 CM the one-year old was not only malnourished, but was suffering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and needed immediate treatment.

The Community Nutrition Educator, Soniya, counseled the mother about the severity of William’s condition being careful to mention that his illness was most likely the cause. While SAM is a serious and potentially deadly condition, weakening the immune system and often leading to infections such as respiratory illness or diarrhea in young children, our team has been trained to remain sensitive to the feelings of the mother when explaining their child’s condition and to make sure that mothers do not feel accused of failing to take care of their children.

By being sensitive to the feelings of the families as a whole, we have found that there is an increased openness for further education about malnutrition, especially when it comes to the importance of taking their children to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers (NRC) for more thorough evaluation and immediate treatment.

Mother and baby did arrive at the NRC in Jhabua the next day and William was put on a 14 to 21 day treatment schedule.

In the course of his stay, Baby William will undergo a comprehensive physical assessment which will evaluate blood sugar and electrolyte levels; vital signs; signs and symptoms of infection, including eye drainage, mouth sores, extremely low or high temperatures; and the presence of shock or severe dehydration.

This successful referral will ensure that Baby William will receive required feedings essential in his health recovery. He is one example of success, one child at a time, in the efforts of Real Medicine Foundation to eradicate malnutrition in the impoverished villages of Madhya Pradesh through education and treatment.

Alonzo Mourning and Success Stories the World Needs to Hear (AP)

When Haiti struck we were all shaken. We all pitched in even in these hard times and we we made small donations add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in hours. In the face of devastation of this magnitude we said that we would not only build back, we would build back better.

Hundreds of blue and white tarp-covered shacks crowd a low-lying, flood-prone ravine at Marassa 14, a camp where 3,000 people live outside the capital of Haiti.  But since January, we have seen little happen. Now, almost 5 months after the quake, only around 7000 people have been moved to safer housing while hundreds of thousands of families still live in 12000 tent cities across the country.

With so many still living in harms way, still dying from diseases caused by dirty water alone, Alonzo Mourning hopes that by remaining active in his local community and by telling these stories of success, that he might inspire others to play a part.

To Mourning, a better Haiti isn’t good enough

By TIM REYNOLDS (AP)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As the charter jet began backing away from the terminal, Ginel Thermosey slowly turned around to shake hands with the medical student seated one row behind him.

Had he not made the trip from Port-au-Prince to Miami, Thermosey would have died within two weeks of leukemia. In a few days, with some donated treatment and medication, the 20-year-old will have a new lease on life.

These are the stories Alonzo Mourning insists the world needs to hear, the success stories from Haiti, where the earthquakes that struck 4 1/2 months ago took everything from people who had nothing to begin with. No one knows for sure how many people died, how many were never found, how many could have been saved.

Deep down, Mourning fears the world has already forgotten.

The work isn’t complete in Haiti, he says. It’s only beginning.

“These are human beings,” Mourning said, overlooking the tent hospital at the edge of Port-au-Prince’s airport. “These are children that are suffering, that need help. That’s what moved me to come, to do this, to continue to provide help as much as I can and continue to reach out to others, so others can be made aware that they, too, can play a part.”

For that reason, every couple weeks, Mourning makes the short flight from Miami to Port-au-Prince. The retired Miami Heat star is among the many spreading the tale of Project Medishare, the not-for-profit group from the University of Miami that already had spent nearly two decades trying to improve the quality of health care in the impoverished nation.

Millions have been raised.

Many millions more are needed. Things are better in Haiti, for certain — yet still terrible. Haitians are dying daily from drinking filthy water, or from hunger, or disease. Some parts of the city are so gripped by crime and desperation, visitors are told not to even think about venturing that way because no one’s safety is guaranteed.

“There still is a need for major help,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It is our responsibility.”

On Mourning’s latest trip, a down-and-back jaunt Saturday, Spoelstra, former Heat guard Tim Hardaway and Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay made the trip with him, along with several other members of the Heat organization.

None had seen Haiti before.

Nothing could prepare them, either.

“Even flying in on the plane, seeing the devastation shocked me,” Gay said. “It’s easy to just hear about it, but to see it firsthand, it’s really humbling.”

Spoelstra held a premature baby in his left hand, the child so tiny that it rested its head on the tips of two of the coach’s fingers. Gay was approached by a woman at the tent hospital, who invited him to hold her newborn daughter — then begged him to take her back to the U.S., saying she lacked the means to give her child a life in Haiti. Hardaway was overwhelmed by the sight of ailing children.

“We are the luckiest people on earth,” Hardaway would say softly later, sunglasses hiding the emotion welling in his eyes. “We should be counting our lucky stars every day. This is tough.”

Somehow, among the Project Medishare staff, morale remains shockingly high.

Volunteers get shuttled in every Saturday for a seven-day stay. Anything longer, Medishare staff has learned, becomes just too tough for many to bear. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Tom Koulouris, who has run the tent hospital since its very first days after the earthquake.

“We have some of the best food in Port-au-Prince catered twice a day,” Koulouris is saying to the new volunteers. “At lunchtime, it consists of beans and rice. In the evening, it’s rice and beans.”

The hospital is not just for those affected by the earthquake. When people need medical attention in Haiti, they are usually taken to Project Medishare’s facility. Twenty-three American visitors were treated recently for trauma injuries after their truck toppled. Machete wounds, premature babies, mothers in desperate need, disease, all part of the daily lineup.

“We are the safety net of Port-au-Prince,” Koulouris said.

Koulouris goes home this week. His mission will be complete. The tent hospital is closing, thankfully. Patients began being moved about 15 minutes away Sunday to a more secure structure — an absolute necessity now that hurricane season has arrived in the Atlantic. Any storm with tropical or hurricane-force winds hitting the tent hospital would have almost surely destroyed everything.

He rattles off the stats, proudly: The tent hospital has treated over 20,000 patients, performed more than 1,500 major surgical procedures. It’s so high-tech, they can even fit people for prosthetic limbs; 37 of those have been issued so far, another 500 are on the way, as many as 4,500 are needed.

Through it all, Koulouris has not stopped to reflect on what’s transpired.

“I’m afraid if I do that here, I’ll probably fall apart,” he said. “I’ll wait until I get home.”

Soon, Thermosey will be back home as well. He can thank Anika Mirick for that.

Mirick is a first-year medical student from the University of Central Florida, who just finished her one-week stay at the tent hospital. Thermosey was one of her patients.

“I was crying every day,” Mirick said.

Desperate to find a way to save him, Mirick made calls and pleaded with doctors in Orlando, Fla. to save his life. They agreed without hesitation. And within one day, Thermosey had his 30-day visa allowing him to enter the U.S., a minor miracle in itself.

When that plane was leaving, Mirick was the person Thermosey thanked first, extending his hand, intravenous tubes protruding from it.

“He will survive,” Mirick said. “We just saved a life.”

It’s the moments like those that Mourning comes to see.

Perhaps the signature moment of his career was a blocked shot against Dallas in Miami’s title-clinching Game 6 of the 2006 NBA finals, when he flew over two people to slap Jason Terry’s layup away, fell to the floor, got up and shouted at teammates — with an expletive tossed in — “What are we doing?”

He’s shouting the same now.

He wants Warren Buffett to listen. Bill Gates, too. Anyone, anywhere, Mourning wants to tell them all, Haiti needs help more than they probably realize.

So he comes back, vowing not to stop until he has nothing left to offer.

“Things have progressed tremendously since Jan. 12,” Mourning said. “But there’s so much more work to be done.”

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Empowering Families and Communities: RMF v.s. Malnutrition, India

by Caitlin McQuilling and Allison Glennon

India is the epicenter for malnutrition worldwide, effecting 60 million children or 46% of children under five years old in the country.

Malnutrition isn’t just a problem of families not getting enough food to eat, but is defined by the inadequate intake of essential nutrients.  Children in India are malnourished because their bodies do not have the building blocks necessary to function on a cellular level.  Unable to produce cells at a normal rate, the immune system fails causing common or chronic diseases to become deadly.

Across India malnutrition is so prevalent that it in some ways it has become hidden in plain sight.  When the children look the same, and have looked the same for generations, it is hard to recognize the problem.

Years of drought and failed crops have left families consistently struggling to get by. Farmers in remote rural areas are feeling the worst of the effects, but with world food prices steadily rising without daily salaries following suit.

Malnutrition is one of the most serious and large scale health problems facing the Indian state today.   Malnutrition is constitutes 22% of the country’s disease burden because it severely weakens a child’s immune system, raising their mortality rates from common diseases such as pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea. Children with severe acute malnutrition have extremely high mortality rates – between 20-30%  – a rate of death approximately 20 times higher than well-nourished children.

The millions of children who do survive childhood will be forever affected by malnutrition: children who have been malnourished in the first 5 years of life will have limited mental and physical growth capacity as compared to a well-nourished child. There is evidence that a malnourished child will someday have children with low birth weights, perpetuating the cycle of malnutrition

Need for malnutrition intervention in India’s largest tribal state, Madhya Pradesh:

The areas worst hit by malnutrition in India also coincide with the “adivasis” or indigenous populations in India living in the area of what known as the “Tribal Belt.”  This includes the states of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh (MP) where 75% of all of India’s tribal population resides.  Madhya Pradesh has the largest tribal population of any state, with 46 scheduled tribes and 3 tribes that are classified as “special primitive tribes.”  The tribal communities in MP are the most rural and marginalized communities in the country, having almost zero access to any health services and also the worst development indicators in the country.

Tribal children and their families require urgent prevention and treatment interventions catered to their community and their needs in order to break the cycle of poverty, disease, and death.

There is a safety net in place: Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers (NRC) throughout the state.  But with 160 NRCs in place and roughly 2500 beds, there is no way they can help the 1.3 million children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).

On the village level there are also angawadi community centers that serve village health needs providing nutrition and general health support services to children under 6, pregnant and lactating mothers, and adolescent girls.  These outpost centers are meant to stand as support systems, medically, emotionally, and psychologically, for those on the front line: local families.

Our approach in India is to reinforce existing systems, connecting the dots between government services offered, locally available solutions to malnutrition, and rural communities.   By focusing our attention on supporting anganwadi centers and other local groups, we can alleviate the strain on existing NRCs.   By training families and communities to recognize and treat malnutrition at home, we can reach more children in less time and have a real effect.

The Real Medicine Plan: RMF Approach to Malnutrition

RMF is tackling malnutrition at the community level, combining short-term emergency identification and treatment activities with long-term and sustainable community education and capacity building activities to prevent malnutrition, engaging each community on a micro level and tailoring programs to fit their needs and customs.  

•    Identify:  RMF creates the awareness and demand for malnutrition treatment and need for prevention services by using Measurement of Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) to identify and screen for malnutrition.  MUAC is the easy-to-use WHO recommend method for screening malnutrition cases at the field level.  We give trainings in this method and distribute MUAC bands to local NGOs, self-help groups, and village leaders in order to increase malnutrition identification in rural communities

•    Treat:  We focus on detecting malnutrition early in the community, strengthening referrals to government NRCs and public health centers (PHC), and strengthening follow-ups for discharged patients on the community level.  We are setting the groundwork for introducing a full community-based therapeutic care model once appropriate products are available so that SAM patients can be treated as outpatients.  Local nutritional supplements will be used for MAM.  In parallel, RMF is also working towards a locally acceptable Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF)

•    Prevent:  RMF educates mothers, teachers, SHGs, and community leaders on various aspects of malnutrition prevention.   By strengthening anganwadi workers, anganwadi helpers, ASHA workers, and midwifes and involving the entire community we promote high health literacy surrounding nutrition in each village.

RMF activities include:

•    On the ground training for anganwadis and anganwadi helpers on malnutrition identification, treatment and prevention

•    Strengthen referrals from the communities to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers for complicated cases of SAM.

•    Increased AWC, NRC, PDS and block supervision with random spot checks to ensure that teams on the ground have what they need and are working well.

•    Make AWC’s child friendly so children will want to spend more time there: colorful paint, toys, books

•    Empower and support self help groups for pregnant, new, and nursing mothers

•    Nightly class sessions for rural villages discussing: proper child and infant feeding practices, locally available nutrition, sanitation/hygiene, breastfeeding initiation, disease management, supplementary feeding

•    Support the production of locally made supplements for moderate malnutrition on the village level

•    Create long-term community-based therapeutic care programs to continue on throughout the year so that information, treatment and care are more accessible to children residing in interior villages.

•    Stringent monitoring and evaluation of our programs so that our successes and challenges can be shared with government and NGO partners

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RMF Armenia: Shinuhayr – Healthcare Assessments

During the month of April, RMF and ARS staff performed assessments in Shinuhayr’s surrounding villages, all of them with little access to health care, and investigated the shortfalls of medicines in the region. Throughout the month, medicines were purchased and distributed to 58 beneficiaries in selected villages, 16 of them children. Close to 22% received some type of antibiotic; 25% received heart/diabetic medications and the rest ranged from analgesics to anti-depressants, vitamins, antipyretics and others.

In addition to the medical services it provides, the Shinuhyr ambulatory is also intended for delivery of counseling services, as well as informational support of vulnerable groups. The ambulatory staff has a specific route, visiting the villages of Khot, Halidzor, Tatev, Sevarants, Tandzatap and Harjis, and providing outreach services and distributing medicines to the vulnerable population in the villages. The staff is very excited and is looking forward to using the RMF ambulance to further facilitate and enhance the outreach component of the clinic’s services.

Throughout the month of April, the Ministry of Health RoA initiated several special training seminars for medical personnel working in polyclinics in the scope of “Family Doctor Project”. By the end of April, family and internal medicine doctors and nurses were educated and trained via lectures and presentations. The trainee doctors reported that they reaped great benefits from the seminars and that they have a wealth of stories to tell on how their newly acquired skills and knowledge helped while dealing with real-life problems in the field.

During the month of March, the list of drugs to be purchased was completed. All necessary medications were procured, and distributed among the beneficiaries. Most of the patients that had applied during this period of time received the medical support. The ARS Yerevan office purchased all necessary medications through the Tashir Farm Company. However, due to the trainings and organized seminars, doctors spent less time in the clinic and therefore, not all medicines were distributed. Undistributed medications have been reallocated for the next month.

A total of 58 patients received free medications for their specified disease states

N Village Distribution of Medicines Population ChildrenAge 0-7 School childrenAge 8-17 Disabled persons Single mothers Socially vulnerable families
1 Shinuhayr 20 2895 336 541 119 18 157
2 Khot 4 973 130 135 27 2 32
3 Halidzor 5 525 44 103 32 2 22
4 Tatev 8 970 33 108 21 3 40
5 Sevarants 4 332 17 47 4 5 48
6 Tandzatap 0 100 9 12 5 10 12
7 Harjis 17 1014 111 158 18 7 36
TOTAL 58 6809 680 1104 226 47 347

Clinical Staff as well as visited families and patients expressed their heartfelt gratitude to RMF for the assistance they are receiving with their healthcare needs, medicines and, especially, transportation. Many of these families do not apply to receive health care and medicines because of lack of financial means. More data will follow after the procurement of our new ambulance (next reporting period).

Throughout the first quarter (January – March 2010), a total of 62 patients from Shinuhayr and surrounding villages were treated in the clinic for various conditions. The most prevalent health conditions were gastrointestinal diseases and gastritis (37%), followed by respiratory tract infections (24.1%), heart disease (16%), and joint pains (12.9%).

The highest prevalence of disease was among children (31%) and those over 50 years of age at 29%. The overall ratio of male vs. female patients was 54.8% vs. 45.2%.

Morbidity Data

Date
Range
Jan. – March 2010
Clinic Shinuhyar Clinic
January February March Totals Totals
Diagnosis M F M F M F M F Totals
Viral
Fever
2 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 7
Respiratory
Tract Infection
1 2 1 1 2 1 4 4 8
Cough
and Cold
1 1 2 1 1 1 4 3 7
Joint
Pains
1 2 1 1 1 2 3 5 8
Gastrointestinal
Disease
3 2 1 2 3 2 7 6 13
Gastritis 1 1 1 1 3 2 5 4 9
Heart
Disease
2 1 3 1 2 1 7 3 10
Total 11 10 10 8 13 10 34 28 62
January February March Totals Totals
By Village M F M F M F M F Totals
Shinuhyar 2 1 1 1 3 2 6 4 10
Xot 1 2 2 1 2 1 5 4 9
Haledzor 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 7
Tatev 1 2 1 2 3 2 5 6 11
Severance 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 4 8
Tanzentap 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 4 7
Harghis 3 1 2 1 2 1 7 3 10
Total 11 10 10 8 13 10 34 28 62
January February March Totals Totals
By Age M F M F M F M F Totals
0 -
05 YEARS
4 3 2 4 3 3 9 10 19
06 -
15 YEARS
1 1 2 1 2 3 5 5 10
16 -
24 YEARS
2 1 1 1 3 1 6 3 9
25 -
49 YEARS
1 1 2 1 0 1 3 3 6
50 ++++++ 3 4 3 1 5 2 11 7 18
Total 11 10 10 8 13 10 34 28 62
January February March Totals M Totals F
% Male
to Female
52.4% 47.6% 55.6% 44.4% 56.5% 43.5% 54.8% 45.2%
Pediatric, adult and elderly patients who received care in April

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Support RMF Armenia at Dionicess VI, June 27th 2010

June 27th, A Chance to Meet and Support Real Medicine in Burbank

Dionicess VI by mattatouille.

Dear Friends in LA,

If you have ever wanted a chance to meet the Real Medicine team and learn more about the cause, June 27th provides the perfect opportunity to support our work and find out more about how you can get involved all over a few casual beers, sausages, and dart games.

“On June 27th, Tony’s Darts Away will be the center of LA’s Beer Geekdom when Beer Maven Gev Kazanchyan hosts the sixth iteration of Dionicess, a beer and food night that will feature some superb beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company and grilled sausageswww.mattatouille.com

The event is $35 per person (food and drink) and requires pre-registration to attend. Tickets are on sale now but they are going fast. All proceeds from the event will help to provide primary healthcare to the people of Shinuhayr, Armenia, through the work of the Real Medicine Foundation.

Purchase tickets via ItsMySeat

RMF: Armenia:

Accessibility to free, quality health services for children and mothers in rural Armenia is extremely limited. It is estimated that 42.9% of the country still live below the poverty line, which has led to a drop in immunization by 42% in 2006.

Working closely with our new program partner, The Armenia Relief Society (ARS), Real Medicine Foundation has initiated support of the Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic to provide the clinic with critical medicine inventories and medical supplies. The Shinuhayr Primary Healthcare Clinic is the only clinic available in the region servicing its surrounding six villages with a population of over 6.500. Read more