International Service


Rotarians - looking for real impact? Get involved in WASH in Health Care Facilities - reduce infections, prevent avoidable deaths!

Covid persists. Ebola emerges again. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) threaten thousands—all indicate lack of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in our hospitals and healthcare facilities.

A recent (August 2022) report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF states:

·      850 million people use health care facilities with no water!

·      780 million use hospitals and clinics with no toilets or latrines.

·      A quarter of all health care facilities have no basic water service.

·      1 in 3 health care facilities lack handwashing facilities at the point of care—in the delivery room or surgery-depriving 385 billion people of basic hygiene service!.

The consequences are staggering:

·      About 1 in 10 patients get infections in hospital, leading to severe illness or death.

·      300,000 maternal deaths a year result from infections acquired in a healthcare facility

·      About 600,000 infants die each year from infections that can be prevented by using soap and water.

The World Health Assembly is calling for action:


For the first time since the 2018 World Malaria Congress, the two-day Global Malaria Congress brings respected malaria experts, governments, NGO's, corporates, Rotarians, and non-Rotarians together in Melbourne, Australia; to share, educate and discuss how to Finish the Fight Against Malaria. Malaria is treatable and curable, yet a child still dies of it almost every minute. This is the tragedy we must stop together.

“The Global Malaria Congress in Melbourne Australia comes at a very critical time. COVID diverted resources from previously progressing major malaria programs and added pressure to already fragile health systems in high malaria burden countries. At the moment one child every minute every day is dying from malaria somewhere in the world. The Congress is an opportunity for the malaria community; governments, organizations, and individuals to refocus on the actions and investment needed to avert its catastrophic impact in communities.”
Lady Roslyn Morauta, Global Fund Vice-Chair. Keynote speaker.

Join us and add your voice to Finish the Fight.

The Global Malaria Congress is Proudly brought to you by Rotary and International Partners
The Rotary Club of Thunderbird Phoenix is asking clubs throughout the district to join them in an effort to help support children suffering from cancer in Mexico -- simply by collecting plastic caps to be recycled.
The club is asking clubs throughout the district to conduct community campaigns to collect small plastic caps and lids. The Rotary Club of Thunderbird Phoenix will transport the plastic lids to Mexico and donate them to an organization called AMANC, which sponsors a program called “Caps for Kids with Cancer.”
Lids made of HDPE are sold to plastic recyclers in Mexico, especially in Hermosillo, Sonora, for 11-18 cents per pound. Funds collected from the sale are managed by AMANC and donated to local clinics and families to help them pay for the medical expenses of the children with cancer.
Going beyond just collecting plastic lids, the Rotary Club of Thunderbird Phoenix recently collaborated with the Pitic Rotary Club of Hermosillo (Mexico) to purchase and place in the Phoenix area seven uniquely designed collection bins to make it easier for citizens to donate plastic caps to the program.
The club is in the process of placing heart-shaped metal Corazon collection bins at businesses and in communities throughout Phoenix. Plastic items can be easily dropped off at each Corazon bin, which is approximately six-feet wide, six-feet tall and three-feet in depth.
“Our Sister Rotary Club in Hermosillo has offered to have (the bins) made in Mexico for $400 each, which is the cost to build them in Hermosillo Mexico. The PITIC Rotary Club can help to move four at a time to Nogales, AZ and we would have to truck them up to Phoenix, AZ,” says Rigo Duran, president of Rotary Club of Thunderbird Phoenix and the Rotarian behind this project.
The two Rotary clubs are working with Destapitas, a nonprofit organization, to build and transport the bins to the United States. In 2021, Destapitas raised over $52,000 on its own to build the bins and to support and promote the Caps for Kids with Cancer program here in the Phoenix area.
ShelterBox is deploying an emergency response team to Pakistan where more than 30 million people have been affected by severe floods. Pakistan has been overwhelmed by severe monsoon rains and flooding; the full scale of the devastation is still unknown.
Please help us by supporting Team PDG at our Stock the Box webpage or donations can be made at our website or by mail to P.O. Box 5055 Santa Barbara Ca. 93150.
The need is massive, and our response is critical. Homes have sunk in flood water or been swept away, livelihoods have been ruined, tens of millions are displaced, and more than 1,000 people have lost their lives.
The Pakistani government response has been overwhelmed - all in-country stock has already been distributed. An additional 1.5 million tents are being requested.
ShelterBox is well-experienced responding to flood-hit areas with over 75 deployments to areas affected by flooding since 2000. In 2010, ShelterBox supported 8,000 households in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan that were affected by flooding.
We are focusing our attention on the most affected areas of Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Baluchistan.
ShelterBox’s emergency coordinator, Kitty Sadler shares, “Human-induced climate change is increasing the risk of floods globally, putting millions of people at risk and making coastal and low-lying areas more vulnerable. We’re seeing this in Pakistan where, although floods are not uncommon, the scale of what’s unfolding is catastrophic with swathes of the country underwater and unrecognizable. After weeks of flooding the heavy rains are not letting up – homes are being washed away, people are losing their livelihoods, and in too many cases their lives. ShelterBox specializes in emergency shelter aid and we’re already hearing how thousands of mud homes have sunk as swollen rivers burst their banks. With our experience supporting flood-affected communities in Pakistan in 2010, and flood-hit areas across the world, we’re looking to get an assessment team out there as soon as we can to see what we can do to help.”
Responding in countries hit by severe flooding is challenging. Entire communities can become inaccessible for days. When communications go down and roads are blocked it can be hard to reach families who need the most urgent aid and support.
If you need any additional information or have any questions, please reach out to me.
Thank you,
Bill Tobin, Rotary Relations Manger
ShelterBox USA
Member, Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Ca. D5180
Editor's note: The following letter was sent to DG Larry Horton.
Dear colleague, Governor Larry Horton.
I am Vitalii Lesko, Governor of D2232, Ukraine. There is only one District in Ukraine. I am a Governor in the country where there is a war.
Since the first days of the war, the Rotarians of Ukraine have devoted all their time to the prevention and elimination of humanitarian crises that are constantly breaking out in different parts of Ukraine. The situation now is no better than it was at the beginning of the war. Threats and volumes of the crisis are only growing. Tens of thousands of people have already died. Millions of people were left without homes and livelihoods. Tens of millions were forced to leave their homes and flee the war.
In the very first days of my service as Governor, I visited all the front-line cities, all our humanitarian centers, talked with Clubs and Rotarians.
Kharkiv. 140 days under daily shelling, bombs, rockets, artillery, 20 km to the front line. Most of the residential buildings and infrastructure facilities were destroyed.
There are 8 Rotary Clubs in the city and a large humanitarian hub, which has also been hit by enemy missiles.
Zaporizhzhia. 2/3 of the territory of the region is under occupation. Hunger, violence, torture. Rotarians receive waves of refugees from the occupied territories, and under constant fire, continue their service.
Mykolayiv. From the first days of the war, enemy tanks broke into the city. Our army managed to free the city and throw the enemy back almost 20 km in heroic and fierce street battles. With wild anger, the enemy has been bombing peaceful residential areas with bombs and rockets for several months.
Shelter Box has announced that eight District 5495 clubs have been acclaimed "Hero Clubs" in 2021-22 in recognition of their contributions to the organization.
Gold Status ($5,000): The Rotary Club of Prescott Frontier
Silver Status ($3,000): Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Phoenix 100 and the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes.
Bronze Status ($1,000): E-Club of the Southwest, Rotary Club of Scottsdale North, Rotary Club of Sedona, Rotary Club of Verrado (Buckeye).
A total of 11 clubs within the district made contributions to Shelter Box in 2021-22.
Total District giving all sources: $ 28,491
ShelterBox support from U.S. clubs through RY 2021-22 was incredible, with 10% of all Rotary clubs in the U.S. achieving HERO club status.
ShelterBox responded to crisis all over the globe helping tens of thousands of households. As we turn the page to a new Rotary Year, we hope to continue building our total number of HERO clubs in 2022-23. Let’s do all we can to help even more families affected by conflict and disaster.
ABOUT HERO Recognition: HERO recognition is open to Rotary clubs, Districts, Rotaract, Interact, EarlyAct, RYLA, RYE, Rotary Community Corps, Friendship Exchanges, District and RI Fellowships, Action Groups, and any club or district approved group.  HERO is a recognition, not a pledge. Individual donations count towards club HERO club progress. Awards are distributed quarterly via ShelterBox Ambassadors or from myself.
 Clubs can level up through the Rotary year (become a bronze, then donate more to reach silver or gold).
Learn more about where we are responding here
IMAGINE, the impact a district full of HERO clubs would make for people displaced and in need of ShelterBox aid. With your help, we can turn imagination into reality.
Thank you so much, your support and advocacy are truly appreciated.
Bill Tobin
Shelter Box