RFPD Events at the 2012 RI Convention - Bangkok, Thailand
The RFPD booth in the House of Friendship was again a meeting point for RFPD members, friends and many interested Rotarians from all over the world. Many RFPD Country Chairs asked for more information and got motivated to promote Maternal and Child Health in their countries. Many RI leaders joined the booth and ensured themselves that RFPD will serve as a reliable partner in the Future Vision Plan.
RFPD presented itself as the RI resource for "Maternal and Child Health" with a brand new designed booth. RFPD highlighted 4 topics: the Areas of Focus, the new role as Maternal and Child Health Resource, Family Planning- the basis for Maternal Health, and last but not least the Population issue.
In addition, 4 RFPD model projects were presented; four successful examples which demonstrate RFPD's competence in solving problems.
These 4 projects can be replicated by Rotary clubs. The projects directly target the focus Maternal and Child Health: the big model "Maternal and Newborn Health" in Northern Nigeria, the "Zero Adolescent Pregnancy-ZAP" project in Latin America, the "Saheli Centers" in India and the "Maternal Health" project, which promotes safe motherhood and reproductive health in Nepal.
RFPD Breakout Session
RFPD Activities Report-2012
RI has been incorporating the Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) into its promotion and implementation of the Future Vision Plan. The experience and expertise of the specialized RAGs and a close cooperation between the RAGs and Future Vision staff at TRF and RI are crucial to turn challenges into successes. The RAGs' most important task is to support clubs in implementing professional projects in the six areas of focus.
To be able to offer clubs a wide range of opportunities to participate in such projects, RAGs have built alliances, appointed a leading RAG for each area of focus and have started developing programs. RFPD was appointed the leading RAG for 'Maternal and Child Health', which was acknowledged by RI and led to the reference of RFPD as a Rotary resource for this area together with the Aga Khan University.
Taking up its task, RFPD has started to develop a strategy for 'Maternal and Child Health' building upon the Nigeria model, to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, and incorporating activities and expertise from other RAGs. The joint approach of RAGs within the areas of focus could also be experienced in two breakout sessions at the Convention. RFPD invited interested RAGs to its breakout session on 'Maternal and Child Health' and took part in the breakout session on 'Disease Prevention and Treatment' organized by RFFA (Rotarians For Fighting Aids). The attendees of these breakout sessions got to know the efforts of the RAGs in the relevant area of focus and experienced how clubs can be supported in implementing Future Vision projects.
|RFPD Booth-New Design|
|Many visitors at the RFPD booth|
|Multi-Rag Panelists-Great Success|
|New Board Announced
Top Left: Robert Zinser, Lucas Corzilius, Harald Marschner, Buck Lindsay,
Bottom Left: Judy Prather, Rekha Shetty, Ingar Brueggemann
|RFPD CEO Robert Zinser and RIPP Kalyan Banerjee discussing the RFPD Maternal & Child Health Project in Nigeria|