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Mental illness is extremely common. 

Despite its frequency and dire consequences, MENTAL ILLNESS - WHY THE STIGMA?

Mental illness is extremely common.

Despite its frequency and dire consequences,

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Our members are actively involved in offering hope to many disadvantaged people. ROTARIAN DOCTORS IN ACTION - SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

Our members are actively involved in offering hope to many disadvantaged people.

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Fellowship membership - open to all health professionals in the family of Rotary MEMBERSHIP

Fellowship membership - open to all health professionals in the family of Rotary

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LACK OF PIGMENTATION IN THE RETINA LEAD TO COMPLEX EYE PROBLEMS WHICH HAMPER EDUCATIO PEOPLE WITH ALBINISM - NEED EYE CARE FROM AN EARLY AGE

LACK OF PIGMENTATION IN THE RETINA LEAD TO COMPLEX EYE PROBLEMS WHICH HAMPER EDUCATIO

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Please share with others your knowledge and skills in organising health projects ROTARY'S HEALTH PROJECTS

Please share with others your knowledge and skills in organising health projects

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AN IMPORTANT MILE STONE

The Atlanta Convention was a mile stone for the Fellowship. Our booth in the House of Friendship was colourful and packed with information. Our friends at the booth – Chris, Surendra, David, Jean, Joan – all were utterly charming and passionate as they spoke to hundreds of people. There was never a dull moment – it was always buzzing with old friends and new ones. 
 
Our aim was to raise the profile of the Fellowship and LISTEN to health professionals from different countries and different specialities. 
 
It was clear that there was an ocean of good will and limitless energy amongst the health professionals in Rotary. Much of this appears to be underused at present. 
 
The call to the Fellowship was loud and clear. Rotarians with medical skills would like to see more opportunities to use their skills to help others.
 
We came to realise that we cannot continue as at present. We need to move on with a broad range of activities.
Our current status limits us – as a Fellowship of like-minded people who network. In order to expand our activities we need a different organisational structure – a Rotary Action Group and or a non-profit making organisation. We were delighted that the Annual General Meeting authorised us to explore this.
 
There will be many challenges on the way. But I hope that any change we bring about will help our members to channel their time and skills to reduce health inequalities and suffering. 
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Health Projects - why some of them fail?

Many organisations including, Rotary invest huge resources to improve health care in developing countries. Many succeed but some fail. There are many examples of well-meaning health projects failing to achieve their full potential – even failing. Expensive machinery such as X-ray machines, scanners and monitors sometimes find their way to hospitals in developing countries without adequate infrastructure. 

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO ACHIEVE THE FULL POTENTAIL OF PROJECTS?

Death can be beautiful
'Death can be as spiritual and beautiful as birth’ says Dr Clare Gerada, a GP in the United Kingdom. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph (3 July 2016) about her father’s painful decline due to dementia she says: ‘We need to think about how we and the people we love want to die ’. Clare does not want her life to end the same way. She says: ‘I’ve already started planning my infirmity.'  Do doctors choose to die differently from thier patients? 
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‘I had a dream of building an Orthopaedic Hospital in East Africa’

One of our Board Members Wend Scahefer, an Orthopeadic Surgeon from Nevada in the US talks about his dream and says: ‘I had a dream .. now I need to reach out to all of you for assistance.' 
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Offering hope .... 
Our Board member, Wendeline Schaefer has just returned from Tanzania where with a team of volunteers from the US he was involved in offering hope to a number of patients with complex Orthopedic problems. 
 
“This five-week trip was the most rewarding of any trips that I have made to East Africa in the past 24 years. I had a wonderful team of three RN’s, Ellen Murphy who did recovery work, Tom Marsh, circulating nurse, and Dave Schuurman, nurse anesthetist. In addition, Dr. John Felder, a plastic surgeon from Washington University in St. Louis, joined us for several days.
 
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MY MOST REWARDING TRIP TO TANZANIA

Specialist consultation only a phone call away

Our Vice Chair Frances Kemelagha (Princess) from Nigeria has coonected the Federal Medical Centre in Yenago in Nigeria and a medical team in California. She and her collaborators now want to create a web of hospitals to imporve clinical care.
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Rain water harvesting - a low cost option to improve water supply

Many of us involved in projects in developing countries would have come across the problem of water shortage. The situations may vary from draught leading to death and destruction to unreliable and inadequate supply of water. In some situations, conservation – especially of rain water – may offer at least partial solution. 

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Stop mothers dying

Reduction of maternal and child mortality through avoidance of preventable deaths is an important focus of Rotary International. The Calmed model is anew approach to an old problem. 
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Albinos are those without 'colour' i.e. without melanin. Life is hard for albinos throughout Africa, but especially in Tanzania. At best, they face raw prejudice; at worst, they are hunted for their flesh, the results of superstitious beliefs. Now Rotary offers them a helping hand. more...

Our members are actively involved in offering hope to many disadvantaged people. more...

One pregnant woman and 6 new born babies die every minute- staggering 0.4 million and 3 million respectively, per year globally. The impact of the loss of one person on the family, community and the country is enormous.more...

Global consultation - tried and tested. more...

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. Rotarians aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas.more...

WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOSE OUR DIGNITY AND FREEDOM AS WE GET OLDmore...

Mental illness is extremely common. Despite its frequency and dire consequences, it is surrounded by ignorance, prejudice and stigma. It is a topic that no one wants to talk about. It is the elephant in the room. more...

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