A Message from District Governor Isaac B. Owolabi
Too many people in developing countries are dying of many preventable diseases. Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time. In our District several clubs are working on disease prevention projects here and abroad.
According to Rotary International, “Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.” Good health care should be the right of everyone in our world today. Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. Rotarians lead efforts both large and small in treating and preventing disease in many countries. Rotarian projects include temporary clinics, mobile clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.
This month, the Rotary International focus is on Disease Prevention and Treatment, one of the six areas of focus for Rotary. Rotary focus underscores the fact that health care should be for everyone - for the underprivileged, for the underserved, for the remote areas – for all.