Posted by Chris Peterson
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month.
Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s 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 under-served 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.
Disease does not prevent itself. We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases. Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time. Through the Rotary Foundation, Rotarians are changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard.
This month, take a moment to look at the many ways that Rotary is changing the world by treating disease and sometimes by preventing disease. Maybe there is a project that you can support either personally or through your club that can Be An Inspiration to the world!