Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and to protect themselves and their children from disease.
As Rotarians we make high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. According to a Rotary publication, an estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation—all of which can be prevented. The health of mothers and children is interrelated and affected by multiple factors.
Through the help of The Rotary Foundation mothers and children in need in various communities are provided the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care. The country of Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the Western hemisphere. Our district was involved in providing a mobile clinic through the help of PDG Billi Black with a global grant founded by our District 7670 in collaboration with Rotary International Global funds. A fully equipped medical ambulance was provided to volunteers to reach mothers and children in remote areas.