Governor's Corner

Maternal and Child Health


As I type this article, I am about to depart for Uganda to continue work on the Rotary International President Elect Samuel Owori Memorial Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Global Grant. One of the principle parts of this grant is to add a bathroom, hand washing station, and shower to a Maternity Ward in Merikit, Uganda. Mothers presenting at this clinic are required to have a relative bring 200 liters of water with them before being admitted to deliver their babies.

Once complete, this project will ensure that the more than 50 babies born in this clinic each month will be delivered in sanitary conditions giving them their best chance at a healthy start to life.

April is Maternal and Child Health Month in Rotary. Having the opportunity to work on these grants is a privilege. As children around the world are born, they are at their most vulnerable. Our work in this area of focus goes from feeding and vaccinating children to bringing peace to areas of conflict so that mothers can bear their children and educate them safely. We bring food to areas of hunger and build schools to educate children.

Our work impacts the people of the world in the most fundamental ways possible. I give thanks each day that I am blessed to be part of Rotary.

Thank you for being the inspiration!  

George Karnes
District Governor
2018-2019

 
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