Child mortality conference draws 10,000 in Korea

  • Nearly 10,000 Korean Rotarians gathered on 2 September to pledge their commitment to reducing child mortality, the focus of RI President Dong Kurn Lee’s service emphases for 2008-09.
  • “Together, we can save a child who is at the threshold of death,” Lee told the audience at the Kintex convention center in Ilsan, Korea.
  • On behalf of the gathered Rotarians, Lee presented a check for W500 million (US$431,890) to two Korean organizations working to reduce child mortality, Korea Foundation for International Healthcare and Community Chest of Korea.
  • The groups will match the funds with the goal of building a small hospital dedicated to mother and child care in Africa.
  • Conference attendees spent the morning in a symposium on child mortality with medical and academic experts and a UNICEF representative.
  • In the afternoon, Rotarians heard from the heads of several nongovernmental organizations, such as World Vision Korea
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