Announcement: Google Inc. Gives Grant to Real Medicine Foundation for Pakistan Flood Relief

We are very proud to announce that Real Medicine Foundation has received a grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund for our disaster relief efforts in response to the flooding in Pakistan.

Through the Tides Foundation, Google’s charitable fund manager, we received $25,000 directed towards the immediate funding of our medical camps treating the flood affected across Pakistan. We have so far held two of these medical outreach camps and have already treated thousands of patients. With this new funding we will be able to significantly increase the number of victims treated.

Thank you so much to the teams at Google, Google Pakistan, and the Tides Foundation for helping us help our friends in Pakistan!

Philanthropy @ Google

In 2004, Larry Page and Sergey Brin committed 1% of Google’s equity1% of profits, employee time, and in-kind giving of products and services to doing good. More about Google’s Charitable Initiatives:

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Thank you letter from Pakistan donor

Our biggest thanks usually come from the people we help in the field, but sometimes they also come from our donors, which is always pleasure to see.  The letter we are sharing below was just sent from an Pakistani-American, Dr. Zeba Vanek, to our founder, Dr. Martina Fuchs, thanking her and RMF for all our efforts in Pakistan since 2007 and specifically for our current Flood Relief campaign.  Zeba also used her own network in the US to raise funds for the flood relief campaign and continue to be a great advocate for our cause.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dear Martina,

I wanted to respond to your email in which YOU have thanked ME!  I find that quite incredulous!

I am an American of Pakistani descent. I am 50 years old and moved to the USA at the age of 32. I consider myself one of the most privileged persons in the world. Most of the blessings that have come my way, I feel have I received from Pakistan. These include my mother, my husband, an opportunity to get a good education, great friends and family, all the necessities of living like food on the table, a good roof on my head, access to healthcare, civil liberties and in short everything that a human being needs to thrive and live a life of freedom, dignity and happiness in this world. What I got from Pakistan during the earlier years of my life, equipped me with the abilities to become one of the most privileged and blessed immigrants to the USA!

And so my friend, and I truly consider you to be my friend, besides everything else that I think you are………it is not you or the other people who work with you, to serve humanity with utter selflessness and integrity,  who should be thanking me……the people who live in Pakistan today or who live abroad as immigrants in other countries……need to thank YOU, with all our earnestness and sincerity, for what you have done and are doing for our nation. THANK YOU!….. and may God bless you in every possible way for all the good that you do. I pray that we, of Pakistani descent,  also show people of other nations, the same courtesies they have shown us.

Good news….. People have sent about  $3000/ – more in checks since we last communicated and Sarah…..I’m very hopeful that people will be very generous during this very difficult time for Pakistan.

With best wishes,

Dr. Zeba Fatima Vanek

Neurologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, UCLA

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Our clinic in Pakistan opens doors to flood victims

Our Primary Health Care Clinic in Talhatta, north western Pakistan, has opened it’s doors to the many flood victims from the surrounding area and villages.  Initial reports from our stafff are that our clinic premises are unaffected but there are many villages nearby that need help. It is fortunate we have such a well functioning clinic in one of the areas hardest hit by these recent floods.

The only other health facilities, the Balakot District Headquarters Hospital and another facility (already strained and ineffective facilities) have been severely damaged by the flooding, leaving RMF’s Talhatta clinic as the only fully functioning health facility in Balakot Valley, an area with a population of 120,000 people.  Local government officials have asked RMF to be ready to accommodate the influx of patients they’re expecting.  RMF held 4 outreach health camps for flood victims in the same area in 2008 and is gearing up to provide similar assistance again.

According the International Red Cross, two and a half million people have been affected by the devastating floods in north-west Pakistan with at least 1,100 people dead and thousands have lost everything.

“In the worst-affected areas, entire villages were washed away without warning by walls of flood water,” the Red Cross said in a statement. (

With the strong local support and network we have built in this region over the past two years, we are thankful that the Real Medicine team is ready and able to respond to this latest situation.  We will update with further news as it comes in from our staff in the field. Caitlin McQuilling, RMF’s Director of Programs for Pakistan/India, was just recently visiting our clinic in Talhatta a couple of weeks ago.  See Caitlin’s blog entry about our clinic here:

As always we can use any additional support you can provide to ensure that our clinic is able to handle this huge increase in patient demand.

For more information about the clinic and our initiative in north western Pakistan, visit:  RMF Talhatta Clinic Initiative

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