Rotary Family Health Days
Rotary Family Health Days is the signature program of Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA). The program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa and in India that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.
The services include lifelong immunizations to children, such as polio and measles vaccines and comprehensive life-saving annual screens such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Diabetes, Hypertension and more.
This program is Rotary-led but leverages the power of partnerships that currently include Gilead Sciences, Inc., AHF Nigeria, the U.S. Mission – including the Centers for Disease Control, USAID and the health service delivery expertise of their Implementing Partners -- plus each of the in-country Ministers of Health (Department of Health) who provide services and supplies at the sites. Equally importantly in each country are the primary media partners that include the SABC and Caxton in South Africa, plus other media centers in each of the other countries. Former partners include MTN South Africa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
This program was initiated in 2011 when PDG Stephen Mwanje (Uganda) asked Marion Bunch of RFHA for partnership support in obtaining funding and other resources for this program. It was his vision for all Rotary clubs in his district to work together on a common cause, specifically focusing on HIV/AIDS but including other disease prevention measures at the same time. The program has grown from serving 38,000 citizens in one day in 2011 to the current February 2016 statistics of over 1.2 million citizens served.
Measurement and Evaluation of impact to prove sustainability is critical to the success of this program. A template was created in 2014 to complete a 90 day follow up impact study. This has been implemented in all countries.
It is the vision of RFHA to expand the health campaign each year across Africa and India and into other countries where Rotarian leadership expresses interest.