Health and Hunger
Health and Hunger
While global infant mortality rates have fallen by two-thirds since
1950, in some developing countries mortality rates for children
under age five are more than 50 times higher than in the
Malnutrition accounts for nearly 1 million child deaths.
More than 50 million women give birth without the assistance of a
skilled medical professional.
More than 70 percent of all child deaths are caused by diarrhea,
malaria, neonatal infection, pneumonia, preterm delivery, or lack of
oxygen at birth.
Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely
to die prematurely.
In developing countries, the major killers remain infectious
diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, and
malaria, which are often associated with poverty and unhealthy
Some 840 million people — one out of every seven worldwide — are
An estimated 25,000 people die each day as a result of chronic
Establish a hot lunch program for disadvantaged children at a local
Establish a medical clinic using donated equipment and supplies, and
provide a trained birth attendant.
Deliver mosquito nets, rehydration salts, vitamins, and vaccines to
families in affected areas.
Hold an immunization drive or a health fair that provides
information on health and screening services, in collaboration with
the local health department.
Organize continuing education opportunities for local health
Locate areas needing medical assistance and recruit fellow Rotarians
with medical expertise to visit the area and provide their services
at no charge.
Make available appropriate technology tools, expertise, and training
to farmers to help increase their harvests, and encourage them to
assist neighboring farmers.
Provide vegetable seeds and training to impoverished families to
enable them to raise food in their own gardens.
World Health Organization (WHO) at www.who.org
Health and Hunger Resource Group
RI President’s web page at www.rotary.org
RI Programs staff
Service and Fellowship web page at www.rotary.org
ProjectLINK, a searchable database that links Rotary clubs needing
project assistance with clubs in other countries.