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Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, with the help of an Italian translator, talked on Skype to #Rotary members in Italy. Earlier in the day, he talked to Rotarians in the United Kingdom.

He encouraged Rotary members to tap into technology's potential to connect with others to do more for communities worldwide.

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Why it pays to invest in disease prevention - John Hewko

John Hewko spoke on the World Economic Forum panel in Turkey about the potential health and polio crisis resulting from conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine.

As leaders convene in Istanbul for the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Unlocking Resources for Regional Development, it is important to remember that one of the most efficient ways to preserve and grow the public and private resources needed for sustainable development is to prevent disease.

That’s a basic tenet of public health: it is much less expensive to prevent disease than it is to treat disease. A healthy population reduces the aggregate cost of healthcare, freeing resources that can be channelled toward development. A healthy population also contributes more to development because per capita production increases as public health improves.

Take the case of polio, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal virus that has been the target of a global eradication campaign since 1988. Today, thankfully, the disease is almost completely gone, but it still persists in some parts of the world, including portions of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. And that last point should be of concern to anyone involved in development in this region....

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World Food Day: 16 October 2014

IN THE REPORT: Inequalities of Food Distribution, FAO (purpose, history, progress), Global Undernourishment, Climate Change and Food, Future Food Systems, World Food Day 2014

Land Mass vs The Population Density

  • The total land area of all continents is 148,429,630 square kilometers (57,308,738 sq mi), or 29.1% of Earth’s surface (510,067,450 km2 or 196,937,240 sq mi).
  • The inhabitable portion of Earth is only 43 percent of its land mass, 63,824,740 sq km (24,642,584 sq mi).
  • The total population of all seven continents is an estimated 7.12 billion as of mid-2014 and global population density works out to 111.55 per km2.

In other words, each person on earth has as much as 8,965 sq m to live in, discounting the use of land for any purpose. That seems a lot, but is hardly the case in real life as explained later.

Ancient Greek sailors predate the Roman and it fell to their lot to name the land masses they came across. They named such land masses on either side of the waterways of the Aegean Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea as Asia and Africa. The Aegean Sea was the center of their world; anything to the east was Asia, to the north and west Europe, and to the south, Africa.

Population Density

The popular seven-continent view is best suited to show how population density is to be considered when relating food availability to the number of people to feed.

The first factor to consider is their relative population density. Asia is the most densely populated continent, housing a large number of people who do not get two square meals a day. Europe, with very high population density, has no such problems. The deduction is simple: better education and knowledge of optimal crop growing and livestock rearing techniques make for a better output, leading to self sufficiency in food........

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Team captain excited to be part of Miles to End Polio effort

In 1987, I returned home to Evanston, Illinois, for the summer after spending a year at the Istituto Affari Internazionali as a graduate student in Rome, Italy. Rotary International was moving into a new building in downtown Evanston and ramping up efforts to eradicate polio. I didn’t know much about polio then, but Rotary needed temporary staff and I needed a summer job.

Never would I have guessed that more than 20 years later, I’d come back to Rotary as a manager in RI Programs, that I would follow my father and grandfather in becoming a Rotarian, and that I’d be serving as captain of the 2014 RI Staff Miles to End Polio team, training for El Tour de Tucson.

It’s been just over a month since the team was selected and we’ve been putting in the miles, individually and collectively, to prepare for the 22 November event. As captain, I’ve organized a group ride of between 40-60 miles (60-100 kilometers) every weekend for the past five weeks.....

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Rotary Voices: Must-read posts of the month

Here are some of our favorite blog posts from the past month, which focus on the transforming power of Rotary Youth Exchanges, the good work being done by Rotary Scholars around the world, and how to make the most of social media.

Sunil's Corner

PDG Sunil K Zachariah has been invited as a Training Leader for the International Assembly for Rotary Governors at San Diego in Jan 2015.

Why I Am a Rotarian - Sunil

Keynote Address by PDG Sunil K Zachariah on 9 Sept 2012 at the RCGF of District 3190 at Bangalore

Rotary Institute, Cochin - 2009. PDG Sunil K Zachariah welcomes the gathering

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