The ROMAC program: Managing Complex “Family” Crisis Projects in Developing Countries in the Asia-Pacific

Shankar Sankaran


This paper describes, discusses and comments on the Rotary Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) program and its constituent projects supported by the Rotary Organisations in Australia and New Zealand from a crisis management and recover. The crisis faced by the children cared for by ROMAC cannot be compared to disasters as we know them (natural disasters such as earthquakes or manmade disasters such as nuclear accidents or humanitarian disasters such as an epidemic). The authors would like to classify ROMAC projects as ‘family disasters’ for children and their families from developing countries who need lifesaving or dignity restoring surgery and treatment. These families cannot find facilities to for such treatment nor afford to be treated abroad. There is much that the project management field can learn from the ROMAC programs and projects in dealing with crises and disasters.


Crisis Management; Complex Projects; Rotary

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