Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA), in partnership with the Rotarians of District 3040, from across the State of Madhya Pradesh, India, held the official pilot of Rotary Family Health Days INDIA on February 26 to 28, 2016. The team leader for this massive health campaign, Past District Governor Ravi Langer, stated the Rotary Family Health Days campaign “motivated all Rotarians in our District to give their best in this noble cause.” And their best they certainly gave!
RFHA’s Founder/CEO Marion Bunch and President-Elect Alicia Michael were on hand to witness over 75,000 citizens being served free health screens, immunizations, obtain medicines and even follow on surgeries in just 3 days. Hundreds of Rotarians and Rotaractors organized and managed the 25 health sites across this rural region, working in partnership with the India National Health Mission, private healthcare professionals, the Centers for Disease Control, and local media outlets.
Planning for this campaign took nine months and was funded by a Global Grant sponsored by District 6900 and District 3040, and The Rotary Foundation. Langer went on to say, “I am sure that our association will further strengthen where we will together work towards achieving the objectives of RFHA.” RFHA, Inc. would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Past Rotary International Director Shekhar Mehta, Rotary District 3040 District Governor Sanjeev Gupta, PDG Ravi Langer, PDG Nitin Dafria and all Rotarians and Rotaractors who made this pilot program a huge success!
Rotary Family Health Days is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.
The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and more.
This program is Rotary-led but leverages the power of partnerships that include The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the U.S. Mission – including the Centers for Disease Control, USAID and the health service delivery expertise of their Implementing Partners -- plus each of the in-country Ministers of Health (Department of Health) who provide services and supplies at the sites. Equally importantly in each country are the primary media partners that include the SABC and Caxton in South Africa, plus other media centers in each of the other countries.
Now in its fourth year, the results continue to be impressive, as follows:
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This program was initiated in 2011 when PDG Stephen Mwanje (Uganda) asked Marion Bunch of RFHA for partnership support in obtaining funding and other resources for this program. It was his vision for all Rotary clubs in his district to work together on a common cause, specifically focusing on HIV/AIDS but including other disease prevention measures at the same time. The program has grown from serving 38,000 citizens in one day in 2011 to the current 2014 statistics shown above.
Measurement and Evaluation of impact to prove sustainability is critical to the success of this program. A template was created in 2014 to do a 90 day follow up impact study. This will be implemented in all four countries in 2014.
It is the vision of RFHA to expand the health campaign each year across Africa’s continent as well as do a pilot in India in 2015.