Rotary Family Health Days South Africa
We execute a proven program that offers sustainable life-saving care to hundreds of thousands of citizens each year. The programme is the largest Rotarian-led program outside of PolioPlus.
Identifying the Need
In response to the National Strategic Plan for South Africa, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health has called on all sectors of society to respond to the crippling quadruple burden of disease affecting the health our country. “We have to ensure that coverage of our services for prevention as well as treatment, care and support, together with their quality, improves in every corner of our country. Key will be to improve the involvement of communities in planning and implementation of solutions. These actions, for which we each have to take individual and collective responsibility, will ensure that we can stop HIV and TB being public health threats by 2022 or earlier.”
The Rotary Family Health Day Programme is a significant contributor to this Prevention Revolution.
Developing the Campaign
RFHA's signature program is Rotary Family Health Days, a unique public/private partnership program that is currently in its seventh year of operation. The three-day, integrated annual program provides holistic, comprehensive, preventative health programs (both for infectious and non-communicable diseases.) The program leverages and inspires a massive force of humanitarian-driven volunteers through Rotary clubs in multiple countries in Africa and India.
In South Africa we partner with the 3 Rotary Districts nationally; National, Provincial and District Departments of Health, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Gilead Sciences, SANAC, Alere, TB/HIV Care, Gift of the Givers, the SABC Foundation, Caxton and many more. ALL Partner’s donate their services, have a defined role and responsibility and do not compete with one another. RFHA delivers a large-scale nationwide program at hundreds of sites where thousands of Rotarians and partners work together over the course of 3 days.
Monitoring the Success
Data collection is a valued outcome of this program. RFHA has created a data collection system developed in collaboration with the CDC and the South African National Department of Health. Inputs tracked include:
1) Total number of people and age profile reached per site and Province
2) Total number of people reached, per service, per Province
3) Total number of people that tested positive to an illness, and how they were referred to follow on care.
Additionally, RFHA’s team has developed and implemented an Impact Analysis for proof of positive impact, link to care and geographical impact and sustainability. This occurs three months after the programme roll out.
The programme completion contributes to some of RFHA's over-arching objectives identified below:
- Reaching 5 million people by 2020 of which we have now served 1 585 623 (end 2016)
- Partnership growth and inclusion across all sectors of society to deliver the programme
- Reaching people who fall between the cracks to care by working beyond normal facilities and taking health services to the people
- Delivering a holistic programme through an ethos of care and respect in a non-threatening environment