Take action to save mothers and babies

By Rotary Service and Engagement An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented. Rotary members expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. … More Take action to save mothers and babies

Providing access to healthcare to millions across Africa and India

By Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA) Rotary Family Health Days is a signature program of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA) – A Rotarian Action Group. The Action Group’s signature program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in Southern Africa and India that provides … More Providing access to healthcare to millions across Africa and India

Partner with the Health Education and Wellness Rotarian Action Group to prevent cervical cancer

By PDG Karl Diekman, Health Education and Wellness Rotarian Action Group (HEWRAG) Board of Directors and member of Rotary Club of Woodland, California, USA According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is a preventable disease, yet it is the most common cause of cancer in Africa in women. 34 out of 100,000 women are … More Partner with the Health Education and Wellness Rotarian Action Group to prevent cervical cancer

Providing a healthier future for children with cleft lip and palate

By Anita Stangl, Past President of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, California, USA; Founder of Alliance for Smiles One out of every 594 newborns in the United States is affected by cleft lip and palate. That’s over 6800 children a year. Left untreated, the health and social implications for these children is devastating. I … More Providing a healthier future for children with cleft lip and palate

Help achieve universal education: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000, Rotary has played a role in global efforts to reduce extreme poverty and reach target goals by 2015. While great progress has been made towards universal primary education, advancements towards this goal slowed significantly over the past eight years. … More Help achieve universal education: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

By PDG Dr. Himansu Basu, MD, PhD, RI Technical Coordinator on Maternal and Child Health 2013-16 My world stopped when I was 15 – my mother died after her seventh childbirth (I was the eldest). The pain and misery in the years that followed were unimaginable. Since then, I have been asking myself the question … More Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

20-year maternal health partnership started with a conversation over coffee

By Jesse Allerton, Rotary Programs staff Nigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world: women there have a 1 in 23 lifetime risk of dying in childbirth. In 2010, a five-year Rotary pilot project concluded in the rural northern states of Kaduna and Kano Nigeria. Led by the Rotarian Action … More 20-year maternal health partnership started with a conversation over coffee