Posted by Marion Bunch on Dec 04, 2017

Launched in 2011, Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) is now active in a half-dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  This program is led by Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention in partnership with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, the U.S. Mission – including the Centers for Disease Control, USAID and the health service delivery expertise of their implementing partners – and Ministries of Health.   Media partners promote Rotary Family Health Days in each of the countries.  In each country, Rotarians work alongside thousands of volunteers to help in various ways.

Through RFHD, hundreds of thousands of families and individuals getting free health care for two or three days.  Individuals and families can be tested for HIV/AIDs as well as receive counseling.  Testing and/or screening for tuberculosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions such as cervical and breast cancer is provided.  Children receive immunizations as well as Vitamin A supplements.  Some sites also include dental clinic and hygiene education as well as eye examinations.  Health counseling is also provided.

Today’s program is a documentary produced by Rotary's broadcast media department.  This documentary features Rotary member Marion Bunch and her work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in underprivileged African communities.  It won two 2015 Telly Awards.  Since the release of this video, Rotary Family Health Days has expanded to India.