Thank You For An Amazing Year!

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!

In 2011 we..

  • In Japan, post-earthquake and tsunami, RMF reached over 33,000 people in Ishinomaki City with supplies, debris/sludge cleanup, and community center support.
  • In India, in RMF’s Malnutrition Eradication Program, our field staff of 75 Community Nutrition Educators diagnosed and treated 85,016 cases of Acute Malnutrition in more than 600 villages since our program started in 2010.
  • In Uganda, we provided healthcare, education and vocational training support to 55,000 refugees at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement.
  • In South Sudan, 40 Nurses and Midwives at the RMF sponsored first-ever accredited Nursing and Midwifery College in Juba, are beginning their 2nd year of training.
  • In Pakistan, RMF treated more than 25,000 flood victims at our free medical camps, 32,000 patients at our clinic in Gulbella and provided healthcare in Talhatta for more than 150,000.
  • In Haiti, our free clinic at Hôpital Lambert Santé provided public access to 24-hour emergency and general healthcare to a community that is home to more than 100,000 displaced persons.
  • In Kenya, we upgraded the only hospital for 1,000,000 people in Lodwar, Turkana, starting with the pediatric ward and also continued to provide medical support, food and water to thousands through mobile and stationary clinics in the poorest and most drought ravaged regions in Kenya.
  • Closer to home, in South Los Angeles, RMF provided 70 children with new backpacks filled with school supplies and personal products, and just threw a Holiday Party for these children on December 17th.

From all of us at RMF: Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2012!

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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Vacation for Good with Donation Travel

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DonationTravel joins Real Medicine to help Turkana, Kenya.

Between now and March 21st, DonationTravel will be donating $0.10 per search to RMF Turkana relief. Go to http://www.donationtravel.com/kenya and begin your search.Waiting for Food 1

DonationTravel was designed to give back without slowing down.

“We are trying to create a new way of doing business,” says DonationTravel’s Founder. “Up until recently, money from marketing and advertising on these kinds of sites has bypassed all the philanthropic concepts that drive people to do good. This is, in a way, creating a marketing campaign that instead of supporting other corporations, supports non-profits.”

Regardless of which search engine or travel site you normally use, chances are you can search them through DonationTravel and get the exact the same cost. In fact, there are so many options that you may find that the search engine you were using is not actually the cheapest.

So, next time you are planning on taking  a trip, take a moment to give back by searching and purchasing through DonationTravel.

http://www.donationtravel.com/kenya

East Africa BBC Report: Lack of Rain, mass loss of Lives

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From BBC World News: Millions at risk as East Africa rains fail

Aid agency Oxfam warns that a failure of rains across swathes of East Africa is putting millions of lives at risk.

This is the sixth successive season of failed rains in an area already hit by its worst drought in 20 years.

Some 20 million people face starvation in vast areas of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, the UN has already warned.

Oxfam says November rainfall was less than 5% of normal in much of Turkana in northern Kenya, all of Somaliland and Ethiopia’s Central Highlands.

In Turkana, one of the worst affected areas, nearly one person in three is malnourished.

The crisis is most severe in parts of Somalia, where worsening conflict and the drought have left 3.6 million people – a third of the country’s population – in need of aid.

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“The rains were many people’s last hope, but they have failed again, said Oxfam’s deputy humanitarian director Jeremy Loveless, who just visited Somaliland.

He said more must be done to help communities cope with the dry years through long-term rural development and investing in national agriculture.

“But in the short-term lives are at stake and emergency aid is needed now,” Mr Loveless said.

The aid group said 1.5 million cattle, goats and sheep – on which many rely – have already died.

The cattle that survive are being sold off at rock bottom prices.

To make matters worse, farmers are leaving the land to search for a living in cities already suffering from high unemployment.

Real Medicine is working in Turkana. Find out more

Join our 2010 LA Marathon team and help raise money to send food and water to Turkana, miles by mile, gallon by gallon: www.changeyourselfchangelives.org