Peter Dutton, past president of the Rotary Club of Hout Bay.
The Rotary Family Health Days campaign in South Africa brings together many volunteers and health-care workers across the private and public sector.
From October 3 to 5, the organisers aimed to provide free health screenings and immunisations to up to 75 000 community members at an estimated 140 sites around the country including Hout Bay. (This campaign is also being held in Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.)
Rotary Family Health Day is the signature programme of Rotarians
For Family Health and Aids Prevention (RFHA). The programme promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa and in India that provides comprehensive, free health-care services to tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities.
The Rotary Club of Hout Bay is proud to count itself as one of the most successful participants in this event, reaching a large proportion of those needing help.
In Hout Bay, the event was held at the Sentinel New Ministries Church. A huge thanks goes out to them
for making this
location not just available but making us welcome and doing much to ease the background work for us.
Local government and NGOs have engaged to provide advice and assistance for HIV/Aids; TB, blood pressure, blood sugar, dietary, eyesight, men’s health, contraception and trauma counselling.
Nearly 200 local people attended on the first day with many referred for further treatment following tests.