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Gift of Life

Over the past 33 years the Gift of Life movement has evolved to become a major force in providing cardiac care to the children who otherwise would not have access.  The Gift of life programs may vary between Rotary Clubs and Districts worldwide.  

Medical Outreach Missions & Regional Surgical Hubs

Teams of medical professionals and Rotarians (on occasion) volunteer their time and often pay their own expenses to travel to developing countries to perform life saving heart surgery. These are medical teams ideally are comprised of a Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Pediatric Intensivist, Pediatric Critical Care Nurses, and Pediatric Cardiologist. The teams are often made up of highly trained medical professionals from around the world, creating a true international effort. The incoming medical professionals join the local medical staff to provide a 24/7 working team Pediatric Cardiac Care team who will provide 12-25 children with life-saving cardiac surgical procedures during the two week mission.

This concept is the newest and most exciting GOL program. This program involves the establishment and support of a permanent medical facility or department within an existing hospital that will provides life saving heart surgery to the poorest of the poor children in several global locations, ongoing  training of medical professionals. The Regional Surgical Hubs are supported by Outreach Medical Mission teams on a regular basis. The long-term objective is to prepare to the facility to function independently.

Sponsoring and Hosting

An individual child requiring open-heart surgery is sponsored and hosted within a Rotary's geographic districts. This program has been the mainstay of Gift of Life and will continue to be in many Rotary Clubs and Districts.

Sponsoring a Child in their Native Country

Rotary Gift of Life organizations can act as a resource to guide and arrange for medical care in the country in which the child lives through their worldwide network Rotarians, medical 
professionals and organizations involved in humanitarian mission work.

Rotaractor Abhishek Choudhary (center), holds a baby while Rotarian Om Prakash Sikaria administers the polio vaccine during polio immunization activities in Birgunj, Nepal.

Rotaractor Abhishek Choudhary (center), holds a baby while Rotarian Om Prakash Sikaria administers the polio vaccine during polio immunization activities in Birgunj, Nepal.

Polio Plus

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.

Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.