One of Rotary’s key objectives is disease prevention. We have written before about our work to eradicate polio Purple Pinkies to Push out Polio . In this post we are looking at two areas of disease prevention, one local and the other abroad, where Aireborough Rotary has been active for many years.
Locally we have worked with the national Rotary campaign Know your Blood Pressure in conjunction with the Stroke Association. Every year we have a public stall, staffed by a doctor and a nurse, where people can have their blood pressure checked. As the following Stroke Association information shows a blood pressure check can be an important first step in detecting serious, potentially life changing, conditions. The next scheduled Know Your Blood Pressure Day is Saturday 22 April 2017 See more details, shortly, of where Aireborough Rotary is holding their event on our Facebook and Twitter accounts below.
So organising blood pressure checks are one of our contributions to helping prevent disease at home. Abroad we help to tackle the disease implications of natural disasters and wars. Earthquakes, floods, typhoons, tsunamis and wars can all displace thousands of people and also disrupt existing water supply systems. Initially in a shattered environment the displaced people often have only contaminated water supplies available. Thus, especially the young and the elderly, face the added risk of quickly spreading water borne diseases compounding already severe problems.
But follow the link to Aquabox . and see how their small, easily shipped, ingenious, life saving boxes, packed with water purification tools and humanitarian aid, can reach disaster areas very quickly. Giving families and communities the chance to start the fight back against water borne diseases.
Aireborough Rotary pays for 24 boxes a year, solely from funds raised from our loyal supporters in our ever generous local community, and has sent out over 150 boxes in total. Some are stored in the UK but the majority are pre-positioned around the World to cut the time needed to deliver this vital kit. So, for example, in the massive Haiti Earthquake of 2010 Aquaboxes were the first humanitarian aid to arrive.
Thanks to the continued support of our local community Rotarians themselves get a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that their fund raising and events really do help prevent disease at home and abroad. If you would like to join us in Rotary, sponsor us or just support us:
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