A Rotary club in India wanted expert help. So it asked Dr. Indumati
Gopinathan, a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical
Advisers, for advice on its global grant application.
The club was requesting funds to purchase a $275,000 brachytherapy
unit, used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors, for a small hospital
with a cancer center in rural India. The community assessment was
well done and the project promised clear benefits. But Gopinathan
knew that the high attrition rate among nuclear medicine physicians
and the remote location of the hospital would make it difficult for
the club to ensure a continuous supply of experts to operate and
supervise the unit.
Gopinathan, a pathologist and medical instructor, used her contacts
to survey the region and connect the club with a large hospital only
a four-hour drive away. The hospital is affiliated with a university
that offers a three-year, accredited postgraduate program in nuclear
medicine, and the university agreed to have students from the
program do their postgraduate rotations at the cancer center to
manage the new brachytherapy unit.
Rotary creates lasting change in our communities and around the
world when grant projects are sustainable, measurable, and built on
the foundation of a strong community assessment.
The Cadre of Technical Advisers consists of 700 experts like
Gopinathan in more than 70 countries who are eager to help clubs
and districts plan stronger projects that make a greater impact.
YOUR EXPERTS TO HELP CREATE
THE CADRE OF TECHNICAL ADVISERS CAN
INCREASE YOUR PROJECT’S IMPACT
Cadre members can use their knowledge and expertise to
Conduct community assessments
Integrate elements of sustainability into a project
Develop plans to monitor and evaluate the project
Answer questions specific to the grant application
requirements for an area of focus
Gopinathan, a member of the Rotary Club of Bombay Chembur
West, Maharashtra, India, has visited 15 projects as part of the
Cadre. She recalls a grant application to get funding for a mobile
mammography unit to screen for breast cancer in hard-to-reach
rural communities. The district’s application didn’t identify a host
club, and Gopinathan was concerned about who would follow
through with the project.
She used her contacts to talk to the partner hospital’s administrator
and radiology department and secured a written agreement that
the hospital would develop a training program and dedicate
staff members to operating the mammography van. The district
governor and incoming leaders committed in writing to enlist
clubs to participate in the project and keep cancer screenings a top
priority during their terms.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can search for Cadre members by district, country, language,
and area of focus expertise in the reports section of My Rotary.
Learn how to use the Cadre Member Information report
to find Cadre members who can help your club.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.