Making a Brighter Future from District 7670 Governor Gary Dills
Rotary International and a host of other international organizations (Gates Foundation, UN agencies for example) are working daily to improve the life expectancy and quality of life of mothers and children around the world. “Saving Mothers and Children” is one of Rotary’s Focus Areas and our theme for April.
The UN and Rotary estimate that nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. They also estimate that 289,000 women die of childbirth and pregnancy issues (2013 data).
These kinds of rates have declined in many countries but continue in areas of Africa and South Asia. Unfortunately, when the mother dies in childbirth and the child survives, that child has little chance of living past the second birthday.
What are we doing to help these women and children? Rotary has provided health care in many areas around the world. We do such things as immunize, provide mobile pre-natal care, mobile health vehicles, cancer screening, HIV treatment and education particularly in high risk areas. These are your Rotary Foundation funds and local funds helping vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
Be part of these efforts. Come to the District Conference (28-30 April, Hickory) and discover the Hunger Hero in you. We are partnering with “Feeding Children Everywhere” to package 20,000 meals for kids in the US, work with 200 young leaders from WNC and have some fun while we do it. Go to www.rotary7670.org and register.