ROTARIAN DOCTORS IN ACTION - SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

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

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THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES FOR HEALTH INEQUALITIES

 

POOR HEALTH FACILITIES MAY BE A SYMPTOM OF POVERTY

If we see a child dying because its parents cannot get to a local medical facility which is too far - or even when the family gets there after a perilous journey, the clinic has run out of antibiotics and therefore the baby dies, it breaks our hearts.

Yet, this is something that happens every day, every minute in the lives of thousands of people in many developing countries. Poor health service is simply a reflection of poverty. Where there is poverty there is unnecessary suffering and death. Improving health care is important but it is also equally important to take a step back and alleviate the cause of poverty.

In Rotary there are many examples of such 'holistic' interventions. One good example is a project supported by District 1040 in which some of the Fellowship's members are involved.

The project is based on a remote island community in Lake Victoria.  The island is called Ukerewe which is accessible only by a three and half hour ferry journey from the mainland town - Mwanza in Tanzania. 

During the past five years, several teams of people from the UK and Sweden have gone to the island to work alongside local Rotarians and community leaders to improve health care, water supply and literacy. A microcredit programme including the launch of bee keeping has helped many families improve their earning potential. 

The work in Ukerewe has been supported by the Rotary Foundation through 2 matching grants and a global grant. 

SUMMARY
 
In October 2009, a team of 24 people visited Nansio supplying USD 375,000 worth of hospital equipment and refurbishing the operating theaters at Nansio hospital as well as boosting Government funded malaria prevention programme.
 
In 2001, 22 volunteers undertook a number of vital projects. These included the opening of a 20 bed ‘waiting hostel’ for pregnant women, provision of solar lighting, supply of water to Bukongo school, establishment of a school library, improvement of science labs and supply of vital medical equipment, school items and vocational training equipment. We were also successful in establishing a microcredit programme (‘Transforming Lives’) and encouraging IT training.
 
During the third visit in July 2012, the team helped the Nansio Rotarians to improve water supply, sanitation, health care and literacy. We built a playground and two blocks of toilets. We also helped Lake Victoria Children’s Centre and the People with Albinism. We boosted a microcredit programme run under the supervision of Nansio Rotary.
 
In November 2013, we refurbished a 40 bed ward, supplied water filters and started a bee keeping programme.
 
In February 2015, we supplied 120 water proof mattresses, replacing all the old and damaged ones. We started a project whereby biosand water filters to filter contaminated water could be made locally using local skills and locally available materials. 

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