New Rotarian Action Group takes on hepatitis eradication

By Humberto Silva, Chair of the Hepatitis Eradication Rotarian Action Group and member of Rotary Club of São Paulo-Jardim das Bandeiras in Brazil According to the World Health Organization, viral hepatitis is the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Together, Hepatitis B and C kills close to 1.4 million people every year. Around the world, …

Collaborative Rotarian effort brings healthcare services to thousands in India

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service Connections Staff Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) is a signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes disease prevention and treatment by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa that provides free health care services to thousands of people in underprivileged communities. …

Rotarians are committed to ending malaria

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff Today, World Malaria Day, is dedicated to highlighting the progress made in malaria prevention and treatment. It is also a day to commit to continued action and investment in fighting the dangerous disease. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through female mosquitoes. According to the …

Rotary’s commitment to saving mothers and babies

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff Everyone everywhere has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. However, gender-based discrimination often undercuts this right. It causes women to be more susceptible to sickness and less likely to obtain care, for reasons ranging from affordability to social conventions keeping them at home. …

Rotaract members are committed to preventing diseases

By Jessie Dunbar-Bickmore, RI Programs staff Rotaract clubs around the world are dedicated to making their communities healthier. Here are just a few examples of how Rotaract clubs are improving their communities through disease prevention and treatment projects: The Breakfast Revolution As a club of doctors and medical students, the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus in …

Rotary continues to fight diseases and make strides in health care

By John Wahlund, Area of Focus Manager for Maternal and Child Health & Disease Prevention and Treatment This year, 2015 ushered out the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and introduced the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. Rotary International’s Area of Focus goals and policies in Disease Prevention and Treatment were a …

Rotary’s commitment to building healthier communities

By Azka Asif, RI Programs staff Rotary’s commitment to creating a healthier world goes beyond the eradication of polio. Although our top priority is ending polio, Rotary members are devoted to fighting all diseases and providing services to the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for health care. Rotary …

Rotary Family Health Days bring preventative health services to millions of African citizens

By Marion Bunch, Founder & CEO of Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention It’s so hard for me to believe that in its fifth year of service, the Rotary Family Health Days campaign will reach a milestone goal: thousands of Rotarians and our partners will have served over a million citizens in Africa with …