Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Apr 01, 2019
Every nation of the world places much emphasis on her teaming youths because they hold the future. A secured future however, could only be possible if and when the general well being and health of the youths and their mothers are adequately provided for and taken care of.
For us as Rotarians and Rotary clubs, we have the unique opportunity, through one of our areas of focus - Maternal & Child Health, to take the lead and promote activities and programme that help in saving mothers and children, in our various communities and our world.
Rotary assists in making high quality healthcare available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics, especially in difficult to reach, needy communities.
In conjunction with healthcare practitioners, women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from diseases.
This Rotary year in our district, we regard Primary Healthcare as the fulcrum of healthcare delivery for our people.
We have therefore intervened in a number of Primary Health centres in Lagos and Ogun States.
We renovated dilapidated structures where necessary, provided equipment, instruments and drugs to assist in bringing healthcare delivery closer to the communities that we serve.
We are also at the verge of donating Eight Medical/ Health cabins, complete with the basic needs for primary healthcare services to communities in Lagos and Ogun States.
All these are aimed at improving maternal and child health, bring mortality rates to the bearest minimum and secure a healthy future for our children and mothers. As rightly noted by Robert Zinser, co-founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development and retired President for Asia at chemical giant BASF, “If mothers are empowered and healthy, so will their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.”

Beyond marking the Maternal and Child Health month, we are gradually moving to the end of this Rotary year. For our Clubs, this is the time to complete, commission and handover all humanitarian projects executed this year. it is also time to upload all necessary information on My Rotary and qualify your clubs for the Presidential citation.
You have all done well and inspired our communities with various humanitarian projects. We must equally let all these be reported and showcased to our communities to enable them appreciate our good works, enhance public image of our organisation and attract more volunteers to join us in this business of doing good in the world.
Let us continue to Be the Inspiration and serve humanity with our talents and substance, because the good we do certainly comes round to us.
Your Rotarian brother and friend, 
Kola Sodipo
District Governor