The Real Medicine Foundation was founded in May 2005 inspired by lessons we learned after working for months in the Asian Tsunami relief efforts. Real Medicine Foundation provides humanitarian support to people living in disaster and poverty stricken areas, and continues to help communities long after the world’s spotlight has faded. We believe that ‘real’ medicine is focused on the person as a whole by providing medical/physical, emotional, economic and social support. By using a personal approach, Real Medicine forms partnerships with individuals and existing organizations throughout the world, allowing us to create effective models and sustainable solutions that can be applied globally. RMF’s first years after inception were characterized by emergency responses to the succession of natural disasters in 2005 and 2006. It was our experience gained in the field that laid the foundation for what drives the organization today and that gave birth to our flexible and sustainable in-country strategies. Based on today's best practice Modern Medicine, RMF utilizes a Comprehensive Integrative Health Care Model. Once survival and immediate health care needs are addressed, we establish mobile and stationary health clinics employing regional medical doctors, other healthcare professionals and supporting staff, and tailoring them to local needs. Using these clinics as hubs, we implement additional modules of care that address the priority needs of the region being served. Programs such as Maternal Child Healthcare, Malnutrition Eradication, HIV/AIDS Care, Malaria Treatment and Prevention, and Vocational Training and Livelihood projects are introduced to build on the existing infrastructure already in place. These programs, addressing some of the developing world's most important issues, are part of RMF's commitment to treating the whole person. By staying for the longer term and by working with local staff and resources, we ensure long term sustainability, local ownership and capacity building. Since 2009, responding to needs presented to us, RMF has in addition developed and implemented strategies for access to secondary and tertiary care, i.e. support and upgrade of hospitals, training of medical personnel, and has thus started to build health care capacity and to strengthen health systems on a larger scale. At home in the US, RMF conducts healthcare and education outreach programs in South Los Angeles. Real Medicine Foundation’s vision is to move beyond traditional humanitarian aid programs by creating long-term solutions to health care and poverty related issues. By empowering people and providing them with the necessary resources, we pave the way for communities to become strong and self-sufficient. In just six years, Real Medicine Foundation has worked in 17 countries on 4 continents, with currently active projects in 13 countries, and has aligned with governments, international agencies, including the UN, to reach those most in need. In the summer of 2011, RMF was granted United Nations Special Consultative Status and in May of 2012 received PVO status with USAID. Real Medicine Foundation is a US based non-profit public charity 501(c)(3), headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with branches in the UK and Germany, and with offices and partners all over the world.
Driven by a focus on "one child at a time," and leveraging a streamlined organizational structure, in just four years Real Medicine Foundation has grown to operate in 16 countries in four continents around the world and has aligned with governments, international agencies, including the UN, to reach those most in need.
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