Disease Prevention and Treatment

Rotary's Area of Focus

fighting disease

Disease Prevention and Treatment

Rotary supports activities and training that reduce the cause and effect of disease.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals

TRF enables Rotarians to prevent disease and promote health by:

  1. Improving the capacity of local health care professionals;
  2. Promoting disease prevention programs, with the goal of limiting the spread of communicable diseases and reducing the incidences of and complications from non-communicable diseases;
  3. Enhancing the health infrastructure of local communities;
  4. Educating and mobilizing communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases;
  5. Preventing physical disability resulting from disease or injury;
  6. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to disease prevention and treatment.

Parameters for Eligibility

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be within the scope of the disease prevention and treatment area of focus:

  1. Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases
    • Testing with counseling and referrals/admission to treatment;
    • Education on preventing transmission of disease and supplies that may assist with these prevention efforts;
    • Providing mobile technology equipment and vehicles to monitor and treat patients;
    • Equipment supported by the local health infrastructure that includes appropriate operational and maintenance plans;
    • Provision of prevention programs, such as vaccinations, male circumcision or pre-exposure prophylaxis;
    • Providing technical platform and training in its operation for the tracking and monitoring of disease diagnosis and treatment;
    • Treatment of communicable diseases that includes a component to prevent disease, improve training of health service professionals, or provide public health education to improve the long-term health of a community.
  2. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses and Illnesses Transmitted by Other Vectors (Organisms That Transmit Pathogens)
    • Providing bednets and preventative medications;
    • Providing supplies that help with safe storage of standing water and training on interrupting the lifecycle of mosquitoes;
    • Developing drainage systems to prevent and control diseases;
    • Providing for removal of vectors other than mosquitoes.
  3. Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
    • Providing materials and training to prevent physical disability due to disease or injury;
    • Community education, intervention programs, and early screening programs with the goal of reducing the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases;
    • Providing mobile technology equipment and vehicles to monitor and treat patients;
    • Equipment supported by the local health infrastructure that includes appropriate operational and maintenance plans;
    • Lifesaving surgeries and surgeries to address congenital problems provided they are supported by the local health infrastructure and include appropriate follow-up care;
    • Treatment of noncommunicable diseases that includes a component to prevent disease, improve training of health service professionals, or provide public health education to improve the long-term health of a community.
  4. Other Activities/
    1. Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to disease prevention and treatment;
    2. Vocational training teams that focus on educational components related to activities outlined above.

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be outside the scope of the disease prevention and treatment area of focus and as such are not eligible for global grant funding:

  1. Projects that consist exclusively of an equipment purchase, unless supported by the local health infrastructure that includes appropriate operational and maintenance plans;
  2. Medical missions/surgical team trips that do not provide educational outreach programs or significant capacity building in the project country.

Elements of Successful Humanitarian Projects and Vocational Training Teams

Global grants are:

  1. Sustainable – communities are able to address their disease prevention and treatment needs after the Rotary club/district has completed its work;
  2. Measurable – sponsors can select standard measures for their area of focus from the Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit or use their own measures to show the good results of their work;
  3. Community driven – designed by the host community based upon the needs they have identified;
  4. Aligned with an area of focus – as defined in the policy documents.

Elements of Successful Scholarships

Global grants support graduate-level scholarships for career-minded professionals. TRF considers the following when evaluating global grant scholarship applications:

  1. The applicant’s previous work experience in the field of disease prevention and treatment;
  2. Academic program alignment with disease prevention and treatment. Examples of academic programs include public health, advanced degrees in nursing and medicine;
  3. The applicant’s career plans as they relate to disease prevention and treatment.