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Health challenges are some of the biggest being faced by the human race, and Rotary members have been making bold and pioneering steps in tackling these challenges for decades.
Diseases can not only cause pain to those suffering, but the implications for loved ones and communities as a whole can be devastating.
Prevention of disease is incredibly important. With access to proper healthcare provision and treatment, we are able to live longer and happier lives.
In Great Britain and Ireland, Rotary is involved in supporting our most critical health problems.
Many Rotary groups are involved in dementia care activities, such as funding dementia cafés which give those suffering from the disease, and their families, an environment to come together to share friendship and support.
Our involvement with stroke and blood pressure awareness has been longstanding, with community events offering tens of thousands of members of the public free health checks, all run by Rotary volunteers.
Each year, Rotary groups host and participate in the Rotary Ride, a nationwide cycling event held to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer, one of the biggest killers among men in the country.
Finger on the pulse
Over the last 14 years, Rotary clubs in Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands have provided 18,000 people with health checks and lifestyle advice.
We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost healthcare in underdeveloped areas.
Our members educate and mobilise communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and polio and sponsor programmes for training health workers.
Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio.
Polio is a virus which affects children under five and causes paralysis and even death.
Rotary spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 cases a day in 125 countries.
Today, thanks to the tireless efforts of Rotary members and our partners, the number of cases are down by 99.9% and just a handful remain.
Health worker training and vaccination programmes are essential to ensure the world is declared polio-free.
Much of the infrastructure built up as a result of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign has been utilised across the world to tackle other diseases.
Help us tackling some of the world's biggest challenges and make a difference in the world.
Rotarian provides free bookelt to better understand dementia
Southampton Rotary Club member Susan Phillips, a qualified nurse in mental health who specialises in dementia care, has produced a new guide to support friends and family members in caring for their loved ones.
It is now available as a free resource for Rotarians.
Zoom connects the five Winchester Rotary clubs around the world
Zoom and the world wide web has opened up the new horizons for Rotary clubs over the past 12 months of the pandemic.
Now, in one of the more unusual Rotary meetings, digital media has joined together five Rotary clubs with the same name.
The legacy of Captain Tom lives on
A year ago, Captain Sir Tom Moore captured the nation’s imagination with his record-breaking walks on the eve of his 100th birthday which, with grant aid, raised around £38 million for the NHS.
Now, people from across Great Britain and Ireland are being asked to rekindle the spirit of the former Rotarian by joining the Captain Tom 100.