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Photo: Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, RMF Founder/CEO, making new friends at the Lwala, Kenya Community Hospital, October 1, 2011
We are so grateful to all our friends, supporters and teams around the world and wish everyone a fantastic 2012!
Having wrapped up another successful we want to pause and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our work in 2011. You have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!
If you were considering donating to a worthy cause in 2010 and taking advantage of the tax benefits of charitable donations, now is your last chance to contribute!
As we look towards new efforts and projects in 2011 it is only through your generous funding that we will be able to continue our long term development projects in some of the poorest areas on this planet.
Our mobile clinic continues to operate successfully in Mozambique under the effective direction of our implementing partner, Friends in Global Health (FGH).
Journey to Gile
My two-week sojourn in Gile district allowed me to observe the full-spectrum of rural health programs being run by the Ministry of Health, Friends in Global Health (FGH) and other partners. Having surveyed the clinical activities of FGH in the district during my first few days in Gile, I now needed to learn about the health outreach and education programs in the communities themselves. On June 14, I had the perfect opportunity to spend time out in the villages and observe the realities of life in rural Mozambique.
I set out from the peripheral health center in the locality of Moneia with the goal of visiting some community health councils in the surrounding communities. I was accompanied by Mr. Dambini, the district Ministry of Health supervisor, who oversees the activities of the community health councils. These councils are organized, trained and supported jointly by the Ministry of Health and World Vision, as part of a community outreach program called COACH. So far, out of 200 communities in all of Gile, currently 27 communities have set up well-organized health councils through COACH. Thus, there is definitely much more room to scale up this program which has proved to be quite successful so far.
Journey to Gile Reindeer Games ipod
On June 9, I packed my bags and departed for a two week survey of Gile district. Gile is a mountainous area in the north-east of Zambezia province, easily one of the most isolated and challenging regions in rural Mozambique. Considering the highly dispersed population and tremendous need for basic healthcare—let alone HIV/AIDS services—in Gile, it had been suggested by Friends in Global Health (FGH) as an ideal place to pilot the mobile clinic. Accordingly, I undertook the 400 km journey to Gile from Quelimane on a clear Monday morning with Dr. Emilio Valverde, FGH’s clinical adviser for the region.
Having endured 8 hours on a treacherous and jagged dirt road, I was thankful to finally enter the environs of Gile as the evening merged into nightfall. We ascended a sloping road and crossed a rough log bridge into Gile town, in the heart of the district. The journey had already done much to convince me that we should indeed launch Real Medicine’s mobile clinic project in Gile. On the way there, I had encountered a striking landscape with verdant hills and statuesque mountains. But I had also seen numerous families living in great poverty and scores of patently malnourished children lining the road as we rolled past.