Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The Rotary International believes that good health care is everyone’s right. Hence, the month of December is dedicated to Disease Prevention and Treatment. The overall thrust is to educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases.
Our members put forth concerted efforts to combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and polio. These diseases are crippling societies, ending dreams, breaking up families, orphaning children and leads to suffering for many people. The severity of the problem is in varying degrees depending on the area and fighting these is no easy feat. Needless to say, much more needs to be done and it is important to further strengthen the campaign.
In our District 3850, I truly appreciate the efforts of our clubs to conduct blood donation drive, pursue medical missions, provide training and medical equipment, conduct symposium on health and wellness, help improve patient care, provide healthcare access and even conduct school roadshows to teach kids proper handwashing, dental health and overall hygiene. All of these will lead us to a healthier world.
Our current data from the Rotary Foundation reveals $65 million in grants has been allocated to fight diseases all over the world. This is testament to the organization’s commitment on this front. While this is already a massive move, this is small in comparison to the magnitude of the problem we are facing. Much can still be done by continuing to donate through TRF and our End Polio Campaign as well as in tirelessly pursuing all efforts through our clubs’ projects and programs. I encourage all clubs to carry on and to continue to campaign for additional funds.
Popular adages “Health is wealth” and “Prevention is better than cure” can never be more aptly use than in this month’s theme. Indeed, we need to campaign for a better and healthier world. Let us continue to take good care of ourselves and our families and extend that care to our community for as Gandhi puts it, it is health that is the real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.