Posted by Jennifer Deroin

During the month of Disease Awareness, we’d like to shine a spotlight on a District 5400 Project. The Gorongosa Medical Transport project was sponsored by the Boise Sunrise Rotary Club along with contributions form Boise Centennial, Boise East, Boise Metro, Boise Southwest, Emmett, St . Anthony, and Lakeville, MN.

They secured funding for transportation that would allow government medical professionals to reach areas that are difficult to access because of road and climate conditions. The Global Grant improved the health care of the communities surrounding Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park by extending the reach of existing medical services to the remote communities surrounding the park.

The vehicle was purchased and put into commission in March of 2017. With the truck in service transporting medical staff six days a week and traveling 45,000 miles a year, an estimated 40,000 patient visits a year facilitated because of access improvement. The vehicle was even used to safely deliver a baby on one occasion. 

The grant also trained 18 “Model Moms” a program educating mothers on post natal nutrition, food security and feeding their families a balanced diet to improve their overall health. The moms that participated in the three-day program, then had a continued responsibility to teach ten other moms in their community.

Thank you District 5400 for your efforts to improve the health of our friends, in the community of Rotary -  we are One Rotary.

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