About Rotary

Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary members are men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service.  Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Building on its successful collaborations for polio eradication, Rotary is forging partnerships with other established organizations to achieve common humanitarian goals in the following six areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development. The grants support major international projects with sustainable, high impact outcomes. South Africa has 225 Rotary clubs with a total of 5 000 Rotary members to access broadcast quality video footage and still photos go to: Media Center. It is the largest volunteer service organisation in the world. Rotary is best known for being a key partner organization in the eradication of polio Rotarians have provided over $1 Billion USD in support of this effort, and they lead National Immunizations Days that have vaccinated millions of children all over the world. It is the only NGO that has permanent representation at the United Nations and is a Status A1 partner with WHO and UNICEF . Rotary Clubs:  There are 225 clubs in South Africa with some 5 000 members. The role of Rotary clubs is to mobilize the loca l  community into action to attract the citizens to the event.  They select, build and manage all the sites in addition to volunteering at the three day event in support of DoH who administer the core services. Monitoring and evaluation of the impact is a critical component of by RFHA who trains a team of Rotarians to collect the data at each site; and implement an impact study of the program to determine sustainability.




Rotarians For Family Health & Aids Prevention, Inc. (RFHA) was formed in 2004 for the specific purpose of mobilizing Rotarian volunteers, resources and partners in support of the vulnerable children and families affected by HIV/AIDS and other diseases in the developing world. RFHA was recognized by Rotary International as a Rotarian Action Group in 2004, and is designated a primary global resource for Rotarians focusing on Disease Prevention, including HIV/AIDS.   Rotary Clubs and Districts throughout the world look to RFHA for guidance and possible support for their particular project plans on disease prevention and HIV/AIDS. RFHA’s role in the RFHD programme is to initiate the programme, obtain the partner organisations and funding sources, and to coordinate the work with all implementing partners over the three days.  The Rotary Clubs are responsible for selecting, building, managing and volunteering at each of the sites.




Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD)


Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, Inc is an “action group” and a mobilizing partner of Rotary International.  It mobilizes Rotarians from Rotary clubs all over a country to take action in programs focused on the prevention and education of disease.

RFHA’s Signature Program is ROTARY FAMILY HEALTH DAYS, a unique Public/Private Partnership program that brings together the resources from hundreds of Rotary clubs, the country’s Department of Health, the U.S. Mission (both the CDC and USAID), hundreds of NGOs, the private sector (such as Gilead Foundation), and major media houses.  All partners are dependent upon the resources of each other, and each partner has a distinct role, so it works.

Rotary Family Health Days program is now entering its 6th year in Africa and 5th year of service in South Africa. This three day, annual program, led by thousands of Rotarians volunteers,  reaches citizens in dense urban areas or rural areas, and  provides them with important annual health screens (both for infectious and non-communicable diseases)as well as lifesaving immunizations for the children.

  • This year the RFHD will be carried out at 120 sites across the country, and will include the following core services:
  1. Immunization and Vitamin A supplementation
  2. HIV Testing Services (HTS) including:
  •         TB screening
  •         blood pressure
  •         cholesterol
  •         diabetes
  • Provision of Contraceptives
  • Additional information for Girls and Young Women(GYW) and more.....

Some sites might also include:

  • Cervical and breast cancer screening
  • MMC counselling
  • Dental clinic and hygiene education.
  • Eye examinations
  • audiology
  • The beneficiaries that test positive are counseled and forwarded on to networks of care in their local community.

The monitoring and evaluation of this program is critical to proving impact and sustainability.  The M & E system was developed by RFHA and is implemented by local Rotarians who collect the data at each site; and then implement a 90 day Impact Analysis after the program. RFHA is the lynchpin partner that brings all other partner organizations together and helps obtains funding.  RFHA initiates, manages and coordinates the project in each country.

Rotary Family Health Days-South Africa

Inspired by U.S. Rotarian Marion Bunch, , this will be the Fifth Rotary Family Health Day campaign in South Africa, and the biggest ever. From 3-5 October, the organisers aim to provide free health screenings and immunisations to up to 75,000 community members at 120 sites around the country. Over 65 000 community members used the free health care facilities in 140 sites in South Africa in 2014 over the 3 days. (This campaign is also being held in Uganda, Nigeria ,Ghana and India with the future expansion into West Africa ). Last year it was held on the 12-14 October 2016 and the launch site was Boitekong 14, Bojanala District, North West Province and this year it will be held for three days, from 3-5 October 2017 in South Africa and the launch site will be  held on the 3rd of  October  in Mpumalanga

Rotary Family Health Days is our signature program. We promote healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign throughout Africa and India that provides comprehensive, free health care services to hundreds of thousands of people underprivileged communities.

Rotary Acronyms:

CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DG: District Governor

EPI: Expanded Programme on Immunisation

HTS   : HIV/Aids Testing Services

M & E:  Monitoring and Evaluation

NDOH: National Department of Health

PEPFAR:  The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

PDG     :  Past District Governor

RFHA   : Rotarians For Family Health & AIDS Prevention – a Rotary International Action Group

RFHD  : Rotary Family Health Days

RI         : Rotary International

USAID : United States Agency for International Development

STI        :  Sexually transmitted diseases

TB         :  Tuberculosis

HST       :  HIV Screening and Testing

HAST    : HIV and Aids, STI (sexually transmitted infection) and TB(tuberculosis)

HCT      : HIV Counselling and Testing