Archive | December, 2015

Teaching and touching the future

16 Dec

Rotary Voices

RI Director Julia Phelps, back left, visits a classroom in the Philippines during a trip to rekindle connections with teachers who benefited from a vocational training team. RI Director Julia Phelps, back left, visits a classroom in the Philippines taught by one of the teachers who benefited from the 2013 vocational training team.

By Julia Phelps

In May 2013, four science teachers from the Philippines were preparing to return home after a visit to the United States as part of a vocational training team (VTT). They’d spent 30 days observing classrooms, visiting science museums, meeting with policymakers, and making presentations to Rotary clubs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Rotary continues to fight diseases and make strides in health care

14 Dec

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Rotary continues to fight diseases and make strides in health care

14 Dec

Service in Action

By John Wahlund, Area of Focus Manager for Maternal and Child Health & Disease Prevention and Treatment

This year, 2015 ushered out the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and introduced the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. Rotary International’s Area of Focus goals and policies in Disease Prevention and Treatment were a direct response to and reflection of the MDGs. The new SDGs are broader and more expansive in international development, and were developed in a much more inclusive and consensus building environment than the MDGs.

UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, addresses how we could create a healthier world through disease prevention and treatment. Learn more about the specific targets that fall under this area. Within this area, Rotary International’s commitment, accomplishments and ever expanding scope of health care projects and programs has…

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How a summer day changed everything

11 Dec

Rotary Voices

Shirey speaking to her club Andrea Shirey speaks to her Rotary Club about hosting an exchange student.

By Andrea Shirey

On a summer day at my weekly Rotary Club meeting, a simple yes changed everything. A series of events and conversations over several weeks had led a fellow Rotarian to ask me if our family would host an exchange student. Somehow, the word yes fell from my lips as my brain lagged behind just long enough to realize I was committed. Soon, the questions formed:

What if the student is weird? What if my kids don’t get along with her? What if she won’t eat anything I cook and she dislikes America because of me? The doubts were endless, the fears considerable.  

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Rotary’s commitment to building healthier communities

10 Dec

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Rotary’s commitment to building healthier communities

10 Dec

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, RI Programs staff

Rotary’s commitment to creating a healthier world goes beyond the eradication of polio. Although our top priority is ending polio, Rotary members are devoted to fighting all diseases and providing services to the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for health care. Rotary works to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas, while educating communities to help prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Many Rotary health projects focus on ensuring medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.

This December, Rotary Disease Treatment and Prevention Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to building healthier communities. Here are just a few examples of club service projects working to prevent and treat diseases around the world:

  • In partnership with the Gazi University Neurology Department, the Rotary Club of
    Ankara-Kizilay (Turkey)…

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