A Message from District Governor William (Bill) Taylor Biddle Jr
400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. Rotarians lead efforts to eradicate disease through our Rotary Foundation. Our focus is attacking diseases such as Polio, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. Disease will not eradicate itself and that’s why our efforts are so important. We focus on prevention through Health Education to bring individuals routine hearing, vision and dental care. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread life-threatening diseases around the world. The efforts of Rotary are ongoing throughout the world.
Recently, I was privileged to hear Past Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews give a presentation. I am sharing some of what Anne shared with us.
"Over one billion people throughout the world have no access to any type of healthcare. 66% of children who die annually could be saved with inexpensive technology. According to Anne, over 45 million people are living in extreme poverty and over 13 million people starve to death annually and every 3 seconds a child dies of starvation. Unclean water plays a major role in disease. Each day over 25,000 people die from drinking contaminated water and 6,000 children die daily because of contaminated water.”
Please join us in our combined efforts to improve the quality of life for individuals throughout the world who desperately need what Rotary has to give.