Maternal and Child Health

Rotary's Area of Focus

Saving Mothers & Children

Maternal and Child Health

Rotary supports activities and training to improve maternal health and reduce child mortality for children under five.

Area of Focus Statement of Purpose and Goals

TRF enables Rotarians to improve the health of mothers and their children by

  1. Reducing the mortality and morbidity rate for children under the age of five;
  2. Reducing the maternal mortality and morbidity rate;
  3. Improving access to essential medical services, trained community health leaders and health care providers for mothers and their children;
  4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to maternal and child health.

Parameters for Eligibility

TRF considers activities targeting the following to be within the scope of the maternal and child health area of focus:

  1. Prenatal care for pregnant women;
  2. Labor and delivery services for pregnant women;
  3. Providing medical equipment to underserved clinics and hospital maternity wards, when provided in conjunction with prenatal care educational activities;
  4. Training and/or “train the trainer” initiatives for maternal and child health professionals and leaders (i.e. doctors, nurses, community health workers, and midwives);
  5. Training and/or “train the trainer” initiatives for skilled birth attendants;
  6. Prenatal and child care educational activities for parents and families;
  7. Initiatives that build upon and/or improve capacity of existing community initiatives and/or local women’s groups pertaining to maternal and child health;
  8. Education about and access to birth control, family planning and/or disease prevention and reduction initiatives, inclusive of HIV/AIDS and human papillomavirus (HPV);
  9. Education and training on sexual health, particularly for adolescent girls;
  10. Vocational training teams that focus on educational components related to activities outlined above, whether intended for the public, traditional health leaders or health professionals in the recipient community;
  11. Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to maternal and child health;
  12. Relevant immunization for children under five;
  13. Relevant immunizations for women and adolescent girls;
  14. Interventions to combat pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and/or measles for mothers and children under five;
  15. Interventions to reduce the impact of sexually transmitted disease in women, e.g., HIV/AIDS, cancer of the cervix, gonorrhea and syphilis, etc.
  16. Preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV;
  17. Promotion of breastfeeding and other interventions to fight malnutrition;
  18. Surgical repair of fistula;
  19. Surgeries/procedures to correct cleft palates;
  20. Lifesaving surgeries and surgeries to address congenital problems provided they are supported by the local health infrastructure and include appropriate follow-up care.

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

  1. Medical missions/surgical team trips that do not provide 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 maternal and child health 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 maternal and child health;
  2. Academic program alignment with maternal and child health. Examples of academic programs include epidemiology, nutrition, global health, public health, and health promotion and degrees in nursing and medicine;
  3. The applicant’s career plans as they relate to maternal and child health.