District 6440’s HealthRays™ Project Reaches New Milestones, Including More than $600,000 in Funding
Posted by Paul Larson on Jul 24, 2016
Our district’s HealthRays project continues to gain support and attention in the Rotary world, with more than $625,000 in funds pledged to date to bring digital x-ray technology to Guatemala!
District 6440 Rotarians are working with other Rotarians around the U.S. and the world, health care agencies and the Guatemalan government to raise money for, and install, 29 digital x-ray machines in underserved areas of Guatemala -- where they can be used to improve the health of populations in need.
So far, we have installed three digital x-ray units in Guatemala, and if everything stays on schedule, three additional digital units will be installed this summer, bringing the total number of units that are up and running to six. Installation of a seventh unit may also be completed during the summer of 2016.
In addition to these units, which will begin operation very soon, several other installations are currently in development, including plans for eighth, ninth and tenth units. We will soon be one-third of the way to meeting our goal.
When the next three clinics are installed in his summer, the total estimated population that will have access to digital x-ray technology as a result of our efforts will be 300,000 to 600,000 Guatemalans.
Each unit we install in Guatemala costs approximately $75,000. Our fundraising continues at a steady pace, surpassing the $625,000 mark in funding commitments, with many Rotary clubs and 16 Rotary districts participating so far!
Our progress continues to draw attention and support from individuals and organizations outside the Rotary world. As an example, we recently received formal endorsement letters from U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Robert Dold -- two members of the U.S. Congress who strongly back our efforts. In Guatemala, our project has high visibility: On August 25, a special inauguration event will be held to formally open our three newest clinics, and we are anticipating that among the dignitaries in attendance will be the president of Guatemala.
We are also excited to report that we have trademarked our name, HealthRays -- part of our ongoing effort to raise our visibility widely.
In District 6440, 50 clubs have signed on to support HealthRays as of the summer of 2016, and our goal is to achieve 100% participation. We have also received significant funding assistance from other Rotary districts, from as far away as Taiwan. Each club’s donation, no matter what size, is important to our long-range goals.
Our project has the potential to significantly impact health care in Guatemala: Each of our digital x-ray systems will serve a population of between 50,000 and 100,000 people. When all 29 units have been installed, millions of people in Guatemala will have local access to diagnostic digital x-ray services for the first time.