Rotary Family Health Days 2016
To Understand where Rotary Family Health Days fits into the world of Rotary, one has to understand the six focus areas of Rotary International and how the Rotary Action Groups (RAG) fits into it.
Rotary Family Health Days fit into “Disease Prevention & Treatment”, and “Maternal & Child Health”
Who are Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention? (RFHA)
Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention is a Rotarian Action Group, recognized by Rotary International. The members are Rotarians from all over the world. The group is an independent Non-Profit Organization governed by 14 trustees and led by a Chief Executive Officer with seven country teams in Africa. They have recently done a pilot project in India as well.
The group is also the mobilizing partner for Rotary International on the LARGEST Disease Prevention Programme after Polio namely Rotary Family Health Days.
Saving and improving 5 million lives by 2020
To save and improve the lives of children and families who lack access to preventative health care and education.
What are the Rotary Family Health Day’s?
Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) is the signature program of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention (RFHA).
It is an immense and impactful, Rotary-led Nationwide health campaign held over three days in multiple African countries. Providing comprehensive free health care and screening services at selected sites to communities around the country. The assessed value of the Programme is US $ 18 million
How does the Partnership Works?
Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention is the linchpin to the Public/Private Partnership that drives the Rotary Family Health Days. Each component of the partnership is critically important as the entire model is based on all partners working together as a whole. Remove one and the model cannot function at all.
The next question could be “Does this model work?” The answer is easy, YES! it does, and here are the reasons why it works:
Rotarians For Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA) is the convening organization and responsible for the overall quality control (center in the diagram above) The model is “Asset light” with low capital expenditure. RFHA obtains external funding
The programme is large-scale, comprehensive and high profile. Each partner donates their services and has a clear distinct role with NO competition between partners.
Rotarians For Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA) is responsible for monitoring and evaluation to improve sustainability and impact to partners.
Lastly, clients trust us because of the Rotary Brand and Rotarians always enjoy their fellowship and working together as a team on projects.
Partners in Africa
Data collection is also very critical to the event, the reason being:
- Vital for sustainability of programme
- Data collection tools designed with Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Department of Health
- Collected and processed by dedicated Rotarians at each site
- Reporting through dedicated structures on a head count and services rendered at each site
- Final report shared with all partners
- Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS prevention & Rotary owns but shares this data with partners
- 3 Month Impact pilot study
- 2016: 9 Provinces
Services provided in previous years (also planned for this year) were the regular Department of Health HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign and the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI). Nutrition and lifestyle choices, male circumcision, cervical cancer, malaria and various Rotary add-on services. (optometry, dentistry, and mental health to name a few) and the results?
This is the impact made by all the partners involved in the program. We need to remember that the entire model of this campaign, from the president of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention right down to the clubs and Rotarians in the field have one common purpose. To establish a site that will serve the community surrounding it. Everything we do comes back to the site, and we as Rotarians are responsible for that critical component. (see image below)
Partnership, Sponsorship’s and Add On’s
Partnership: This is the part that glues it all together, the partnership between Rotary and the Department of Health. Like any relationship, it will need work and constant effort to understand each other in the beginning. As the relationship grows, the understanding becomes easier and the communication a whole lot smoother!
Sponsorship’s: Just imagine your biggest dream stays just that, a dream because there were no resources to develop that dream. That is the value of sponsors, they are the people/groups that assist us all in making the dream come true.
Add On’s: Some may ask what the rambling is all about, “Add On’s”, but this is the proverbial JAM that the Rotary clubs are bringing to the campaign. Optometry (a huge favorite in the communities) dentistry, mental health, counseling to name but a few. The core services of the campaign are in place, but with the added services the whole campaign goes into overdrive.
Put all these components together at a site, and the impact in that community is extraordinary!! One group, or any one part of the group, cannot succeed in making a success of a site. The collaboration of all the members and a solid communication channel will make any site a success story. We need to share the good and the bad, with the sole intent of building a great partnership. It will take a lot of energy from us all, but the end result will be worth all the time and effort that went into building the relationship.