Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us as Rotarians. We lead efforts both large and small. Read on to find out more!


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, too, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time. The Rotary Foundation, which we fund and equip to support us in this effort, has spent 65 million dollars in recent years enabling our efforts to combat disease and provide treatment.  

Our global efforts have included projects like these: 

Providing clean water: Our Club worked with partners in Thailand to provide basic water treatment and distribution facilities to rural villages, a project the Chimacum High School Interact Club, sponsored by our Club, continues to support. We wrapped up a similar project in rural Honduras, which included helped people in remote villages to dig wells to improve water quality and build and improve distribution systems.   

Reducing infectious disease: Our Club sponsored a project in rural Ecuador, on the steep flanks of the Andes mountains, to enable seven villages build toilets and hand-washing facilities for school children.  Sanitary toilets and clean hands means less infectious disease - markedly so. A recent visit by a Club member confirmed these facilities are being sustainably maintained and used.

Ending polio: Rotary members have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Our efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola.  Polio remains in just two countries, now- Pakistan and Afghanistan - and strenuous efforts continue in both countries to eradicate this dread disease. Learn more, here: polioeradication.org

We work hard to achieve results in this area as well as our other five causes, which include Promoting Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution; Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Maternal and Child Health; Supporting Education; and Economic and Community Development.  Our Club works both locally and globally to further these causes.  

Rotarians and partners fund these efforts through the Annual Fund managed by The Rotary Foundation. Interested in learning more? Check out our Cause, Disease Prevention and Treatment, to see what we do in this area : https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/fighting-disease, and this article to see just a small slice of the over 1,000 projects we engage in annually as Rotarians: https://www.rotary.org/en/top-global-grant-projects .


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