Programs | Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children
ROMAC has been in operation for over 25 years. Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. Assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons who generously donate their time free for the treatment of our patients, this humanitarian program has provided over 400 children from more than 20 developing countries with urgent medical treatment that has given them new hope.
ROMAC is the acronym for “Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children” and is a combined Australian and New Zealand initiative. It was commenced out of the actions of a single Rotarian in March, 1988, when a member of the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat in Victoria, visited Lambasa in Fiji with a group of Australian surgeons. He found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places, and quickly established that a major factor was the lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills available to children of those areas.
Rotary was challenged to assist an 18 year old Fijian girl whose right leg was threatened if immediate surgery was not performed. During the next four years eight children were brought to Australia by the Rotary Club of Kangaroo Flat for major, often life saving surgery. Soon 20 Rotary clubs were caught up in the success of each case and assisted in various ways.
ROMAC quickly went about harnessing assistance from medical experts, hospitals, nurses, physiotherapists, pathology and radiology services, airlines, sponsors and other supporters.
Mission and Objectives
To provide medical treatment for children from developing countries in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country.
ROMAC looks forward to continuing its humanitarian work with volunteer Rotarians, and passionate surgeons. With the continuing moral and financial support from both Rotary clubs, the general public and the corporate segment one day in the not too distant future we know will double the number of deserving children and their families whose lives we have changed and saved