The Rotary Family Health Day, which takes place once a year in nine African countries along with India and Bangladesh, have seen 2.5m people receive 11m treatments ranging from immunisations to TB screening, dental work and counselling.
SA members of Rotary International, which has some 1.2m volunteers spread across 200 countries, had contributed R30m in services during the pandemic, said Sue Paget, CEO of Rotarians for Family Health and Aids Prevention (RFHA).
Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International’s president-elect for 2021/22, said while the pandemic had brought the world to its knees — and disrupted the organisation’s health days — it also offered the chance “to rethink strategies and sharpen our axe”.
The organisation’s response to the pandemic had been “outstanding”, he said, adding that Rotary had given out R20m in grants, supplied millions of masks and thousands of litres of sanitisers.
Mehta pledged further help to SA and other African countries.
“I’m happy that 5% of the grants from Rotary India will come to Africa.”