December Theme Is

Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

The Month of December in Rotary is Disease Prevention and Treatment. Globally, Rotary is recognized for its signature project, the eradication of polio in the world. But polio is not the only disease or aspect of healthy living on which Rotarians have expended energies. Rotarians are also dedicated to fighting and preventing other diseases. 

Disease Prevention and Treatment is one of the Rotary Foundation’s Seven Areas of Focus. And for good reason. The health and vitality of a person, a family and a community can be seriously impaired by what in many cases is a preventable disease. Disease prevention is really a keystone to progress in other areas as well because of the interplay with other areas of focus like Water and Sanitation and Maternal & Child Health.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. Illness leads to pain and sometimes even injury. Prolonged severe illness may result in loss of employment and income. It affects families. It affects quality of life. Rotary and Rotarians are committed to helping people to live healthy lives. We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. That is why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. 

We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together. Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care. 

The health and vitality of a person, a family and a community can be seriously impaired by what in many cases is a preventable disease. Disease prevention is really a keystone to progress in other areas as well because of the interplay with other areas of focus like Water and Sanitation and Maternal & Child Health. 

The eradication of polio has of course been Rotary International’s major worldwide, corporate effort since the early 1980’s. Although remarkable progress has been made, the job is not finished yet. You can rest assured that we will not, cannot, set this torch down until that job has been done.

 
December is Disease Prevention