Overview of health
challenges

South Africa has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. More than 5.6 million South Africans are living with HIV and the country suffers from what is known as a quadruple burden of disease in its communities. This, according to the Medical Research Council, is the impact of the combination of the effects of HIV/AIDS, underdevelopment, chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyles and injuries, on the country. 


The South African National Department of Health has developed a National Strategic Plan to address the issues, the objectives of which Rotary Family Health Days supports as the needs continue to grow.

South Africa

History

The Rotary Family Health Days program was launched in South Africa in 2012. The Health Days have successfully run in South Africa for the last nine years, and are delivered through a powerful public private partnership which includes the National Government (the National Department of Health), the US Government through the Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention, USAID, media houses, Rotary Clubs and districts, the private sector, NGOs and civil society.

South Africa

Rotary Family
Health Days Sites

Each year almost 100 Rotary Family Health Days sites are hosted by Rotary clubs in communities across South Africa. The sites are chosen in consultation with locally-based officials from the Provincial Departments of Health, community-based project partners and Rotary club members. 

Click the sites below to see highlights from a selection of Health Days that were held in South Africa.

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The Impact Study for Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) South Africa 2019 reflected that 98 percent of respondents experienced the RFHDs as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 94 percent of respondents said they were treated with dignity and 94 percent said that they would come again.  

Impact

With support from Districts 9350, 9370 and 9400, Rotary Action Group for Family Health & AIDS Prevention (RFHA) has made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of people. RFHA is responsible for the oversight of the Rotary Family Health Days campaign (RFHD).

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The Impact Study for Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) South Africa 2019 reflected that 98 percent of respondents experienced the RFHDs as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 94 percent of respondents said they were treated with dignity and 94 percent said that they would come again.  

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In 2019, South African Rotary clubs hosted 83 sites that provided 31,989 people with 138,541 free health services. 

The report also found that more than 70% of people who attended Rotary Family Health Days in South Africa were female and when surveyed, 78% of respondents said that their health had changed for the better as a direct result of the services provided at the Rotary Family Health Days.

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Testimonials

This has been a great partnership experience, focusing on reaching the community’s most remote regions.

- DG Sanjeev Gupta.

If people can’t get to healthcare, healthcare should get to the people. Primary Healthcare is a fundamental human right of each citizen – it brings the benefit of dignity and social acceptance to an individual who would otherwise be seen as a pariah and burden to their kin

- Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder Gift of the Givers Foundation

Country Report

Our comprehensive reporting ensures accurate impact assessment, sustainability and accountability. 

2020 Rotary Family Health Days Webinar

As a result of movement and gathering restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 campaign was commemorated as a webinar hosted by the South African Minister of Health that reached more than 25 000 people.

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