Health as a pillar of peace

 

Contributing to positive peace by enhancing well-being of mothers and children

 

Health issues transcend political, economic, social, and ethnic divisions among peoples and provide a nexus for dialogue at multiple levels.

 

Better health outcomes directly enhance a person’s ability to take an active and productive part in life and thereby contribute to equality of opportunity. Through family planning projects we want to especially empower women, at the same time decrease population pressure and the tensions that come with it. Lastly, by aiming at children to live a life where they can enjoy their rights and where they can overcome troubles and develop freely, we tend to contribute to a more peaceful future.

Project   1 - Family planning in India

Worldwide, every day 810 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. One possible intervention is family planning - in countries with high birth rates it has the potential to reduce poverty and hunger, and avert 32% of all maternal deaths, and nearly 10% of all childhood deaths. In our project we are specifically targeting the tea garden labour tribes, because they have a high fertility rate and at the same time maternal mortality is very high, too. A novel approach in our project is the engagement of men in family planning and reproductive health services side by side with their partner. Engaging men can positively influence birth spacing and use of contraceptives, maternal workload during pregnancy, and medical follow-up throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

 

Geographic scope & partner organisation:

India, Assam. No partner organisation yet but in contact with local Rotarians.

 

Project 2 - Early detection and prevention of chronic diseases in Burundi

 

Diabetes, hypertension and cervical carcinoma are three diseases that are increasing in numbers but largely go unnoticed because of: a focus on transmissible diseases,  lack of healthcare staff and facilities, lack of knowledge in the population, poverty (81 % of the population have to sell property or make debts to afford medical treatment). The project wants to b run a public sensibilization campaign including testing in local health centers. In the cervical carcinoma screening family planning education will be added. In a second step, a team of volunteers will pay house visits to persons that are unable to go see a doctor by themselves.

 

Geographic scope & partner organisation:

Burundi, province Karusi, district Buhiga. Partner organisation: Fondation Ubuzima “La vie“ and Rotary Club of Gitega Rukinzo 

 

 

Project 3 - Protection of vulnerable children (in planning)

A recent law illegalizing second marriages left many women and children without their husband’s / father’s support. In meetings at the “collines” especially vulnerable children will be identified. Then psychsocial centres will be established, where basic rights of children and techniques to properly raise them will be taught. Children receive help with school equipment, medical coverage and to gain a legal status. Education for income-generating activities (e.g. sewing clothes) will be made available to parents and children. From the income solidarity groups will be established in the framework of the psychomedical centres.

In a second step follow up house visits to especially vulnerable children (victims of violence or negligence) by a medical team are planned.

 

Geographic scope & partner organisation:

Burundi, province Bubanza, commune

 

Local Rotary Clubs
Eva Czermak
Narayan Chetry
Partner Organisations
Louis Mujawamariya, MD, vice-president of Fondation Ubuzima “La Vie”
Paranjoy Bardoloi, PhD, Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Assam, India
Ndayirukiye Jean Pierre, MD,MPH
Local Rotary Clubs
Budin Borthakur, India

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