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Rotary's Areas of Focus

Rotary’s 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of the following six areas:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
    • 6,000 civilians are maimed or killed by land mines each year. 42 million people are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution. 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, and at least half are children.
  • Disease prevention and treatment
    • 1 billion people suffer from neglected tropical disease such as dengue fever and leprosy each year.
  • Water and sanitation
    • 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
  • Maternal and child health
    • 9 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.
  • Basic education and literacy
    • 75 million children worldwide -- 41 million of them girls -- have no access to education. 677 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate
  • Economic and community development
    • 1.4 billion people -- nearly half of them employed -- live on less than US$1.25 a day