Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio, but Rotarians take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for health care.
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow. 1 billion people suffer from neglected tropical disease such as dengue fever and leprosy each year.
- 1 in 6 people worldwide cannot pay for health care.
- 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs.
- 57 countries have fewer than 23 health workers for every 10,000 people.
- 4.3 million doctors, nurses, midwives, and other skilled caregivers are needed worldwide.
What you can do – Support health education programs that explain how diseases are spread, and promote ways to reduce the risk of transmission.
Carry out immunizations against infectious diseases
What you can do – Sponsor continuing education and training for health workers, including supporting scholarships, stipends, and public recognition.
Improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underserved areas.
Join our Club to help improve the health and well-being being of people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.