Local Rotarians land grant to provide help in Kosovo
EAGLE COUNTY — Local Rotary clubs are helping provide telemedicine for rural health clinics in Kosovo and received a $10,000 grant to help them fund the project.
The grant is part of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation’s $1 million program to more than 100 charitable organizations around the world.
The foundation’s Robert L. Avery presented the grant to Vail Valley Rotary Club at the Tri-Club dinner.
The Million Dollar Round Table Foundation grant, together with contributions from Vail and Edwards Rotary clubs and others, will be used to provide telemedicine stations in Kosovo rural clinics, beginning with the most remote locations, said Liz Kaey, president of the Vail Rotary Club.
The Kosovo telemedicine stations will provide mobile medical devices, IT equipment and trained staff to provide real time diagnosis and treatment, coordinating with the telemedicine hub in the Family Medicine Center hospital in Gjakova. More serious cases can be linked to the Kosovo University Hospital or even abroad.
The clinics will serve people in communities who have the greatest difficulty getting to a hospital, or where doctors normally only visit them once a week, Kaey said.
The Million Dollar Round Table is an independent association of nearly 42,000 life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 80 countries.