We want to say a huge thank you for the grant we received from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Ortons and for their support for our palliative care work in Kosovo. Like many countries, Kosovo does not have the NHS and healthcare is very basic and costly. Our palliative care work is one of our most underfunded areas and with Kosovo situated in Europe and the currency in Euros, things are a lot more expensive than you might think. However, seeing the smiles on the patients faces when pain relief has been administered by our team, means that we are so dedicated to seeing more people helped and supported through one of the hardest times in their lives.

The project was supported for 6 months, with many of the resources bought lasting for years. We bought 3 new computers, which has been an incredible help, as records and administrative work can be carried out more efficiently. Other medical equipment was bought too, such as stethoscopes and blood pressure monitors. We were also able to stock up our medicine supplies which was a great provision and some of the funds were specifically allocated for fuel, so the team could continue travelling around the town and villages making home visits.

Towards the end of the 6 months, COVID-19 appeared so we had to purchase the relevant PPE equipment for our team so they could continue working. Kosovo was under curfew restrictions for a time but with special passes from the Ministry of Health, we were given permission to continue working, much to the joy of the patients and their families.

We are so grateful for these funds as so much more was achieved. If you know of any Rotary club that would like to support any of our projects, then please get in touch.