Behsood Health Clinic gets help from local Rotary clubs
AWAKEN recently received a $5,000 Rotary District Grant to purchase medical equipment for its Behsood Health Clinic. The grant awarded $2,500 from the District, matched by $2,500 from the Muncie Rotary Club and the Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club.
The Rotary District Grant has been used to purchase more than a dozen pieces of equipment that are vital to patient care, including a microscope, oxygen condenser, scales, surgery equipment, a patient bed and benches for patients waiting to be seen by one of the clinic’s two doctors.
The funding was also used to purchase a motorcycle and loudspeaker to improve the effectiveness of AWAKEN’s twice-a-week vaccination program in surrounding villages. The program includes polio vaccinations and coincides with Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide. Additionally, a new generator, which provides the clinic’s electricity, was purchased with the grant.
“I’m very grateful for the generosity of the Rotary District and the local Rotary clubs,” said Bibi Bahrami, president and founder of AWAKEN, Inc. “Because of this grant, poor Afghan women and children, in particular, can receive much better healthcare in the Behsood District.”
Rotary District Grants allow Rotary clubs and districts to support short-term projects that carry out the Rotary Foundation’s mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty, both locally and internationally.
“Rotary’s motto is ‘Service Above Self,’ and one of the ways our local Rotarians can serve is by participating in collaborative efforts like this,” said Elizabeth Rowray, president of the Muncie Rotary Club. “The funding for this project came from three Rotary sources and helps to show the people of Afghanistan the generous spirit of the American people and all Rotarians.”
AWAKEN’s Behsood Health Clinic opened in 2008 and now treats nearly 20,000 patients annually in a rural area that has no other healthcare facilities.