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!
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. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.