Saving Mothers and Children

Dr. Sumaiya Ziyaha performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at the Mahamodara Teaching Hospital in Galle, Sri Lanka, 8 January 2015. This maternity hospital, damaged by the 2004 tsunami, was partially rebuilt by Rotary District 1950 (Germany) and the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, in partnership with the Helmut Kohl Foundation. Medical equipment was provided in part through Matching Grant #67887.

We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.

Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.