April is Maternal and Child Health Month
The area of focus that enables Rotarians to save mothers and their children. If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of poverty and hunger.  Rotary makes high-quality health care available locally and globally to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.  As Rotarians, 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.  
Within District 5240, examples of Rotarian community support include:
Local free clinics that care for mothers and children including immunizations and cancer screenings; vision and dental screenings and corrective actions when needed; before school and after school programs for at risk children.
Internationally, Rotarians in our district support midwife training, childhood immunizations, medical clinics, corrective surgeries, training for medical professionals.  
As a Peacebuilder District we know that the path to peace begins with elimination of extreme poverty. If mothers are empowered and healthy, so are their families, leading to an alleviation of hunger and poverty and a more peaceful world.   
 
 
 
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