Foundation Minute


Maternal and Infant mortality rates are high in East Africa, mainly due to inadequate health care, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and poverty. In response, The Rotary Foundation and Aga Khan University have connected to provide scholarships to nursing and midwifery students at Aga Khan's campuses in Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Kampapa, Uganda.


The first class of twenty four students, whose scholarships were funded by Rotary grants, graduated from the two year program in February with either a Registered Nurse or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The students also attended Rotary club meetings, volunteered to help with Rotary service projects and shared challenges with Rotary members who mentored them.  Greeta Manek, a member of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga Kenys, says "In rural Kenya, having a nurse or midwife present during childbirth can mean the difference between life and death.  This class of highly trained nurses will help ensure that mothers and their infants receive the best health care possible."

Your donation to The Rotary Foundation makes this possible.