April is Maternal and Child Health Month 

TriCon 2018 Wisconsin (Rotary District Conference) is May 4-6 - only a few weeks away.  The deadline for reserving hotel rooms at The Wilderness at conference rates is April 3.  Register NOW at www.TriCon2018.com if you have not done so.  Register to exhibit your noteworthy club service project in the House of Friendship.  Our District Annual Meeting will take place on May 4, at 9:45 AM at TriCon.  See our outstanding featured speakers - Thom Cody, Marilyn Fitzgerald, Ed Futa, Shirley Grace, Brian King and Ina Pinckney.  The conference also includes Grant Management training, the Regional Membership Seminar, Rotary Vendor Russell Hampton, a Silent Auction for End Polio Now, Exhibits in the House of Friendship, and 25 breakout sessions.  
Spring is approaching – it is time to plant trees.  Help us achieve our Rotary goal of 1 tree planted for every District 6270 Rotarian.  Contact District Tree Project coordinator Brian Monroe (Mequon Thiensville Sunrise Rotary) to provide your club’s status. 
Rotary Toronto 2018 – the Annual RI Convention is rapidly approaching June 23-27.  Register, attend, and discover Toronto, Canada. http://www.riconvention.org/en
Let’s continue to work to achieve our 2017-18 District Goals:  Clubs receiving a Rotary Citation, Rotarians planting trees, an increase in district membership, support for Polio Plus, contributions to TRF Annual Fund, Rotarians attending TriCon and an increase in Rotary Youth Exchange participation.
Maternal and Child Health - Risks and Remedies
What is the problem?
·         Every day in the world, 800 women die from pregnancy - or childbirth-related complications.  
·         A woman’s lifetime risk of maternal death in developing countries is 1 in 150 in contrast to 1 in 4700 in developed countries.
·         The major causes accounting for 80% of all maternal deaths are: severe bleeding (hemorrhage), infections, high blood pressure (eclampsia), obstructed labor and unsafe abortions.
·         More than 6 million children under the age of five die each year from disease, malnutrition, lack of access to healthcare, and inadequate sanitation.
·         Many hospitals in developing countries lack necessary equipment and well-trained health personnel, a steady supply of water and energy; and poor hygienic conditions.
What can we do about it?
·         Support graduate study in maternal and child health.
·         Build capacity of communities and women’s groups.
·         Provide vocational training on child and maternal health.
·         Support improved maternal care.
·         Support improved reproductive health.
·         Provide education and training to reduce child mortality.
What is Rotary doing?
·         Rotary programs provide education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics.
·         Rotary programs teach women how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. 
·         Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development works on maternal and child health.  See:  http://www.rifpd.org/documents/save_mothers_children_132.pdf
·         For a fact sheet on Maternal and Child Health, see: http://www.rotaryresources.org/_literature_233199/Maternal_and_Child_Health_Reference_Sheet