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The startling reality is that half the world’s population can’t access affordable healthcare.

RFHA works across Africa and India to provide free quality health resources to people who would otherwise fall between the cracks to critical care. Over the past 11 years, RFHA has used initiatives such as the Rotary Family Health Days program to bridge the gap and so far more than 2.67 million people have already received health services.

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Using dynamic large-scale healthcare programs, we save and improve the lives of children and families who lack access to preventative health care and education.

How it works

PARTNERS WITH RFHA

RFHA builds public/private partnerships between governments, the private sector, Rotary districts and clubs, other NGOs, and the media. The Ministers of Health in each of the countries where programs are run, as well as the partner organizations, sign a Letter of Intent to commit to the program.

CUSTODIAN

While programs are implemented by program directors, country committees, project partners, Rotary districts and Rotary clubs, RFHA remains the custodian of all programs and is committed to their continued growth, success, and quality.

START CHANGING LIVES

These partnerships are used to launch national campaigns to deliver free healthcare services to save and improve lives in under-serviced communities. Each partner has a defined role and set of responsibilities and as a result, work as partners and not competitors.

CUSTODIAN

While programs are implemented by program directors, country committees, project partners, Rotary districts and Rotary clubs, RFHA remains the custodian of all programs and is committed to their continued growth, success, and quality.

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ROTARY FAMILY
HEALTH DAYS

Our signature program, Rotary Family Health Days, is one of the largest medical public/private partnerships in the world. With support and guidance from RFHA, partners are identified, engaged and relationships between Rotarians, government, the private sector, and NGOs are built to sustain this valuable health program.

Through the disease screening and referral processes at our sites, we have become a link to medical care for thousands of people.

 

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Visiting a day site

By visiting a Rotary Family Health Days site, people can access:

  • Screeningtesting and counselling for preventable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, hepatitis B & C, malaria, and cancer

  • Screening, testing and counselling for mild disabilities, preventable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and non-communicable diseases such as asthma, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes

  • Child health services and assessments, such as deworming, childhood vaccinations such as measles, polio, HPV etc.

  • Family planning and antenatal care

  • Health education and awareness

  • Information and guidance on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices

Add-on services
include:

  • Optometry, audiology and dental examinations

  • Mental health counselling

  • Education for adolescent and young girls

  • Distribution of male and female condoms, personal hygiene products, and reading glasses

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WHERE WE OPERATE

RFHA’s dynamic healthcare programs are currently present in four regions and 10 countries, with more being added each year, in Africa and South Asia.

RESULTS & FACTS

41:1

The return on cash contributions generated by Rotary Family Health Days. This is the largest Rotarian-led health program in the world of Rotary outside of PolioPlus

+11m

Healthcare services delivered to people at Rotary Family Health Days sites in Africa and South Asia between 2011 and 2020

$43m

Worth of services and materials are donated by Rotarians, government, the private and NGO sectors to support Rotary Family Health Days each year

+69k

People have volunteered at Rotary Family Health Days sites between 2011 and 2020

$1m

The cash outlay used to fund the African operations of Rotary Family Health Days in 2018/19

2 679 281

People in Africa and South Asia received health services at Rotary Family Health Days sites between 2011 and 2020

41:1

The return on cash contributions generated by Rotary Family Health Days. This is the largest Rotarian-led health program in the world of Rotary outside of PolioPlus

+69k

People have volunteered at Rotary Family Health Days sites between 2011 and 2020

+11m

Healthcare services delivered to people at Rotary Family Health Days sites in Africa and South Asia between 2011 and 2020

$1m

The cash outlay used to fund the African operations of Rotary Family Health Days in 2018/19

$43m

Worth of services and materials are donated by Rotarians, government, the private and NGO sectors to support Rotary Family Health Days each year

2 679 281

People in Africa and South Asia received health services at Rotary Family Health Days sites between 2011 and 2020

HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT

Health Heroes

Without the people who work behind the scenes, those who sponsor services and expertise, volunteer at sites, donate towards our programs, RFHA Inc would not be able to create healthier communities while saving and improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Sebabatso Lentsoenyane AHF Advocacy and Marketing Officer
Lesotho
Sebabatso
Lentsoenyane
AHF Advocacy and Marketing Officer

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation partnered with the Rotary Families in Lesotho during the Family Health Days in 2019. This helped in extending health services to the public, especially to the factory workers who were able to access the health services during working hours as the health sites were close to their workplaces.
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Shekhar Metha 2021/22 Rotary International President
India
Shekhar
Mehta
2021/22 Rotary International President

I am fascinated by the length and breadth of the healthcare provided by RFHA. This is service at its best. Helping those who need the help most.
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Dr Nii Akwei
Ghana
Dr Nii Akwei
Addo
Founder/CoP Equip Health Ghana

Rotary Family Health Days is my joy mainly because it brings much needed health screening and care to the poor and marginalized in peri-urban and rural communities in Ghana. When community members say, “Thank you, please come again next year,” I take it very personally and would do whatever is necessary to assure continuity of the programme, albeit interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic with its attendant restriction on mass assembly.
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Kayleen Esterhuizen a volunteer in South Africa
South Africa
Kayleen
Esterhuizen
Social Media & Communications

I had no idea what Rotary Family Health Days was or how hard it was for some people to receive health care. Volunteering on this project was an eye opener and I was amazed to see government, business and non-profits working together for the greater good of the community. Imagine how much more could be done if EVERYONE was involved!
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Paul Netzel Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair
United States
Paul
Netzel
Founder Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc

I visited South Africa to attend the opening of the Rotary Family Health Days. The work done by Rotarians, the government and other NGOs provide an excellent example of co-operative enterprise throughout this country, other parts of the African continent and parts of India.
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Olugbemiga Olutayo Olowu former Rotary District 9110 Governor
Nigeria
Olugbemiga Olutayo
Olowu
Past Rotary District 9110 Governor

I saw a 10-month old baby that was brought to one of Rotary Family Health Days sites by his parents. They were worried about his eyesight. Medical personnel at the site saw him and found that the baby had a cataract. He was immediately referred to a university teaching hospital. Because of the reputation that Rotary Family Health Days had built within our communities over the years, the university teaching hospital bore the expense of treatment. This is a testament to the reputation of the Rotary Family Health Days brand.
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