India: Childhood Malnutrition Eradication Initiative

By Dr. Martina C. Fuchs

RMF’s Childhood Malnutrition Eradication Initiative has the largest field presence of any NGO working in malnutrition in the region, a result of strong partnerships with government, NGOs, businesses, and most importantly, local communities. Our team of 60 Community Nutrition Educators (CNEs) and 6 District Coordinators is covering enormous ground every week across 5 districts and 600 villages in Madhya Pradesh.  Madhya Pradesh carries India’s highest malnutrition burden, with 60% of its children under 5 malnourished – approximately 6 million children whose futures are at risk.

Amita, one of the many malnourished children reached by RMF's Malnutrition Initiative

Our strategy continues to be closing the gap between the resources available and the families who need them by focusing on the basics of malnutrition awareness, identification, treatment, and prevention and inserting simple, but innovative technologies and practices.

Here is a great article by Denise Grady in the NY Times about a study in Malawi that backs up RMF’s antibiotics protocol in our own programs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/health/antibiotics-can-save-lives-of-severely-malnourished-children-studies-find.html

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Article: Reclaiming the US’s image in Pakistan

Continuing with the coverage of the floods in Pakistan and what this means for our clinic in Balakot, I came across a good article from the New York Times that details why it is so important for Western Countries, the US in particular, to lend a helping hand to the people of Pakistan.

NY Times article here

Time and time again, the poor and rural areas of a country like Pakistan are left behind infrastructure, economic development and health care, ,and with no one else offering a helping hand fundamentalist groups like the Taliban will always step in to fill this void.  Looking at the amount of resources the US has already committed to both Afghanistan and Iraq to combat extremism, it would be a tragedy to let this opportunity pass to aid these efforts and to improve our image in this part of the world.

Based on some of the comments in this article from officials in Washington, it sounds like this is understood, so we can only hope that these are more than promises, and that funding and resources arrives quickly.

For more information about our Flood Relief Efforts, please visit our website.

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Real Medicine Foundation in Turkana, Kenya: A Documentary

Our new 15 minute documentary film covers both the history of Real Medicine and highlights our medical and relief work in Turkana, Kenya. This film features incredible on the ground footage of our relief efforts in Turkana, footage of our founder Dr. Martina Fuchs in action, and an interview with New York Times author Jeffrey Gettleman whose article inspired our work in Turkana.  A very special thanks to the whole RMF production team, but especially George Papuashvili, who tirelessly donated both his time and talents to producing this moving documentary for RMF.  Remember to have your YouTube viewer set to High Definition to enjoy this film as it was meant to be seen.

High Definition Video:  http://www.youtube.com/user/RealMedFoundation

Background

Even in a good year life in the Turkana region in Kenya is precarious but a devastating drought has been sweeping this part of the country for years and pushing malnutrition rates well past emergency thresholds.  Some villages haven’t seen rain in years.    Inspired by a September 7th, 2009 NY Times article, written by Jeffrey Gettleman, which highlighted the life threatening impact of the drought in Northern Kenya, Real Medicine Foundation was called to action to coordinate a supply chain for water and food aid and medical support to the region. Dr. Martina Fuchs, RMF Founder and CEO, followed up on the ground just days later to oversee the food distribution and provide medical treatments.  We gathered every resource at our disposal to gather water, food and medical relief to these children and families.

Now a year later and through our partnership with Share International (SI), the new Real Medicine Foundation – Share International Health Program has been operating successfully since December 2009 delivering primary healthcare and much needed healthcare services to Lodwar and the surrounding areas and remote villages.

For more information about our Turkana Relief Project please visit here.

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New York Times covers the Malnutrition crisis in India and our Treatment Center

Very good article published in Sunday’s New York Times about the malnutrition and food crisis in India.  This focuses specifically on the crisis in Jhabua and Madhya Pradesh where our Malnutrition Initiative and Team India are based.

Link to New York Times article here.

There’s even a photo featured in the article of the treatment center (NRC) that we support in partnership with the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital.   Photo here.

To see our photos of the inauguration of our treatment center at the Jeevan Jyoti hospital :  Slideshow on our website

More information on our Malnutrition Initiative in Jhabua: Malnutrition Eradication Initiative, Madhya Pradesh

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