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19 Sep 2018 description
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By Patience Asiimwe As told to Diana Schoberg

Health workers must have a lot of passion. They face so many challenges to reach every child with the polio vaccine.

18 Jun 2018 description
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Rotary members have changed the lives of thousands of refugees

By Ryan Hyland

The statistics are staggering. More than 28,000 people are uprooted from their homes each day as a result of war, oppression, and poverty. That’s nearly 20 people per minute. 

By the end of 2016, an unprecedented 65.6 million people, from West Africa to South Asia, have been forcibly displaced, making it the world’s worst migrant crisis in history. 

28 May 2014 description
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Josephine Awor doesn't need statistics to know Uganda struggles to provide adequate health care to expectant mothers and babies. As a nurse who has worked with vulnerable populations in areas affected by conflict in South Sudan, she's seen firsthand what happens when mothers are forced to deliver and care for newborns without medical assistance.

Still, the numbers don't lie.

05 Jun 2013 description
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By Arnold R. Grahl

In 1994, Marion Bunch lost her son, Jerry, to AIDS.

It was early in the U.S. AIDS epidemic, and the stigma of the disease kept her from talking about her son’s illness with anyone but family members. But three years later, Bunch recalls feeling a tap on her shoulder and hearing a voice telling her to “get up and get going.”

“It was an epiphany … that completely altered the course of my life,” she says.

10 Jul 2012 description
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By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 9 July 2012

Members of a vocational training team shared their expertise in nursing education with faculty at Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery recently.

18 Jun 2012 description
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An Adopt-a-Village project being carried out by Rotarians in Uganda and California, USA, is helping to improve life significantly for people in Nkondo, Uganda.
The project involves four of Rotary’s areas of focus: water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, and economic and community development.

An important catalyst to the effort’s success is the vocational training team (VTT), a group of professionals that travels either to learn more about their vocation or to teach local professionals about a particular field.

06 Apr 2012 description
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M ore than 1.2 million of Uganda’s children have lost both parents to HIV/AIDS.

The Rotary Foundation and its partners are providing health care, and hope for the future, to over 500 orphans in the country.

“Despite the fact that their parents died, they wish to have the best life that we all have. So we give them assistance,” says Joseph Matovu, a senior clinic officer and member of the Rotary Club of Kalisizo, Uganda.

14 Jan 2011 description
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By Dan Nixon

Rotary International News - 14 January 2011

For more than 20 years, northern Uganda lived in the grip of a civil war that killed over 300,000 people, displaced 1.8 million more, and forced 36,000 child soldiers as young as seven years old to fight in the resistance movement.

Although a truce brought an end to the violence in 2006, much work remains to secure a lasting peace.

In November, The Rotary Foundation awarded a US$16,096 global grant to the Rotary clubs of Rubaga, Uganda, and Lambert Airport, Missouri, USA, to provide training in peace-building to 200 …

26 Oct 2010 description

Plus de 72 millions d'enfants vont être vaccinés dans 15 pays

Dakar/Brazzaville, 26 Octobre 2010 - Cette semaine, l'Afrique se mobilise pour saisir une opportunité sans précédent d'éliminer la polio en lançant une campagne de vaccination synchronisée dans 15 pays d'Afrique.

06 Jan 2010 description
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By Dan Nixon

Robert Opira of Uganda is a master of understatement when he calls his first job out of college "very challenging work." As a psychological counselor and project manager for World Vision, he helped rehabilitate and resettle more than 12,000 former child soldiers in northern Uganda from 2002 to 2005.

"The Lord's Resistance Army had abducted and recruited an estimated 36,000 children, the youngest being seven years old," says Opira, a member of the Rotary Club of Gulu and former Rotary Peace Fellow.

13 May 2009 description
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By Peter Schmidtke

Allan Akamura's friends used to push him to school in a homemade wheelchair.

Now the 13-year-old from Uganda, who has cerebral palsy, pedals himself around on a tricycle through the corridors at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

01 May 2009 description
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By Dan Nixon

A recent wild poliovirus outbreak in southern Sudan has spread into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

In response, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

In January, The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved $2.2 million in PolioPlus grants to support immunization activities there.

The outbreak requires urgent action by governments and partner agencies to make the region polio-free, health officials say.

31 Mar 2009 description
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Partners UNICEF and WHO to conduct immediate immunization activities in high-risk areas

Evanston, Illinois (March 31, 2009) - In response to a recent outbreak of wild poliovirus that has spread from southern Sudan into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, Rotary is providing US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and WHO for immediate polio immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

18 Apr 2008 description
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By Dan Nixon

Joseph Hongo of Kenya has long envisioned 'a new world order shaped not by military and political might but tolerance and mutual understanding, where issues of human security and development take center stage.'

He says his Rotary World Peace Fellowship to study at the University of Queensland in Australia, beginning in February 2009, echoes that ideal.

31 Oct 2007 description
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Rotarians in District 9200 (East Africa) are asking Rotarians worldwide to help them secure 2,000 ShelterBoxes, 100,000 mosquito nets, and 100,000 blankets for thousands of people in Uganda left homeless after weeks of summer rain caused the worst flooding in decades. Please see the contact information below on ways you and your club can donate.

Though the waters have receded, tens of thousands of victims, mostly in the north, remain unreachable due to downed bridges and impassable roads, causing logistical problems for humanitarian workers.

12 Apr 2006 description
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Rotary Volunteer Dr. Irwin Stewart believes that Rotary does its best work when it supports sustainable service projects that have the potential to benefit a developing country's entire population. In such a "top down" approach, Rotarians work with a government to educate and aid service personnel, who then gain the expertise to train others and help their fellow citizens.