More than 6 million children under the age of five die each year from disease, malnutrition, lack of access to healthcare, and inadequate sanitation. Although both maternal and child death rates have decreased by almost half in the past two decades, continued support is needed to sustain progress.
ROTARY’S ROLE IN RESPONSE
Rotary carries out sustainable projects – a goal of our strategic plan – to bring positive, lasting change to communities locally and globally. One of our areas of focus is working with communities to support maternal, newborn, and child health.
We provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Through Rotary-supported programs, women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. Our projects empower the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Rotary is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in this area that prioritize projects to further reduce maternal death rates and target lifesaving interventions for newborns aged 0-30 days.