Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 11 (February 17, 2018)
Jonah Triebwasser, Sarah O’Connell, and Kathy Kruger interview several of the Rotarians bringing their projects furthering the goals of the Rotary Foundation to the Convention. The two Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) are each devoted to worldwide fights against chronic illnesses that not only are rampant in the United States but also are on the increase around the world. Hepatitis C, unrecognized until a few decades ago, is spread only by blood transfers (such as from contaminated needles) and in symptom free—but ultimately kills. There is now an effective cure, so the main emphasis of the RAG called “Hepatitis Zero” is in testing, which only requires a pin-prick blood sample. The other RAG is for knowledge, awareness, prevention, and treatment of diabetes. Diabetes Type II, caused largely by lifestyle, is a growing major health problem worldwide. Another interview on this program tells about skin banks, now mainly in India but needed elsewhere.