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Fighting Disease

We believe good health care is everyone’s right. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to us. We lead efforts both large and small. We set up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

Indigenous Health Scholarships

In 2000 the Rotary Club of Mitcham was proud to have initiated our first medical scholarship for indigenous students with state government support. Originally in partnership with the South Australian Department of Human Services and more recently with the Australian Rotary Health Scholarship Fund, this initiative has been renamed the "ARHRF Indigenous Health Scholarship Program" and has grown nationally to more than 80 scholarships. The scholarship provides assistance to Indigenous Australians to achieve the medical qualifications to become doctors, nurses, or any other health related professions so that they may then help in the much needed health program in rural and remote areas of Australia.

Geoff Bailey the founder of the Indigenous Health Scholarship program, together with the first student of the program
A recipient of one of the Inidgenous Health Scholarships who is aiming to help her community once she completes her studies.
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