RFFA and Family Health International Partnership Announced

Rotarians for Fighting AIDS and FHI to Collaborate on Initiatives for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Montreal, June 22, 2010 – Rotarians for Fighting AIDS, a Rotarian Action Group recognized by the Board of Directors of Rotary International that works to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, and FHI, a global health and development organization whose science-based programs bring lasting change to the world’s most vulnerable people, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding committing the two organizations to explore potential collaborative initiatives.

The two organizations made the announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Canada. The memorandum of understanding commits RFFA and FHI to draw on their complementary capabilities, resource networks, and respective areas of expertise to seek collaborative opportunities, primarily in Africa, to provide care, nutrition, education, and life skills to orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Albert J. Siemens, Chairman and CEO of FHI, stated, “The collaboration between FHI and Rotarians for Fighting AIDS is a natural fit: we share a vision of improving lives and a special commitment to providing a brighter future for children whose lives have been devastated by HIV/AIDS.  RFFA’s feet on the ground, global donor base, communications infrastructure, and outstanding partnerships, coupled with FHI’s unmatched technical expertise, science-based solutions, and worldwide platform of people and health and development programs, offer the potential for highly effective initiatives that will make lasting improvements in children’s lives.”

Marion Bunch begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, RFFA’s CEO, said, “I am excited about the partnership with FHI because both organizations are committed to helping the children made vulnerable by AIDS.   We have the ability to create a stronger sustainable solution by working together, using the efforts of Rotarian leadership both at the country level and international level, with FHI’s technical expertise and leading edge programs.”

Rotarians for Fighting AIDS (RFFA) improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS through the power of Rotarians. RFFA mobilizes Rotarians and partners to provide care, nutrition, education, and life skills, thereby mitigating the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

FHI is a global health and development organization whose rigorous, science-based approach builds programs that create lasting change. Founded in 1971, FHI maintains offices and staff worldwide, helping to forge strong local relationships that enable it to make measurable progress against disease, poverty, and inequity—improving lives for millions.

Al Siemens signs with Marion Bunch as witness

Al Siemens signs with Marion Bunch as witness

This is an exiting partnership and one that we look forward to producing results for the orphans of Africa in the very near future, see the FHI web site below:

Family Health International

Family Health International