Annually the Rotary clubs of South Africa team up with NGOs, businesses and government for Rotary Family Health Days.
From 3rd to 5th October 2017, the Rotary clubs of Knights Pendragon and Bedfordview will be teaming up with the Provincial Department of Health to run Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) at the Klopper Park Clinic, Germiston.
During this event, the Global Handwashing Partnership project will be in action and promoting the regular washing of hands with soap as a preventative measure against disease. To learn more>
RFHD is part of an innovative international campaign providing free health-care services to under-served families at which healthy living and disease prevention is promoted through free, comprehensive health-care services to thousands of people in underprivileged communities. The program’s focus is on addressing Africa’s most pressing health challenges, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and reproductive health, as well as conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. An important component is immunizing children against polio, measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Rotary-led program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the South Africa Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, USAID, the SABC and Caxton as primary media partners as well as YFM, Media 24 news and Independent Newspapers in the Western Cape.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year millions of Africans die from diseases that are preventable and treatable. The region faces many challenges including weak and fragmented health systems, inadequate resources for delivering proven interventions, limited access to health-services and extreme poverty. Rotary Family Health Days assist in addressing these challenges by bringing life-saving health services into the communities most at risk.