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The Inner Wheel Clubs in Sweden have raised around £8,100 (100,000 SEK) in tandem with the International Inner Wheel COVID-19 Disaster and Vaccination Fundraising campaign (COVID-19 DVF). This amount has been donated for use in a COVID-19 project under a joint collaboration between Inner Wheel Doktorn and Rotary Doctors Sweden.
Inner Wheel Doktorn is a project of Inner Wheel Sweden. National Representative Ewa Jägevall is the project manager (from July 2021) and she is also the co-opted member on the board of Rotary Doctors. Rotary Doctors Sweden or more correctly the Rotary Doctors Sweden Foundation is an approved multi-district project of Rotary International run by an elected board of Rotary Sweden. Inner Wheel Doktorn and Rotary Doctors Sweden has been in collaboration since 1993.
In addition, several Inner Wheel Clubs in Sweden have send in £109.93 to the IIW bank account in England in favour of the global COVID-19 Disaster and Vaccination Fund.
The project aims to cover the costs of distributing vaccines to different at-risk groups in the villages of Kenya. Vaccinations have already begun on 22 November 2021 in the area where Inner Wheel Doktorn Sweden and Rotary Doctors Sweden have been operating since the 1990s.
Thanks to the large donation from Inner Wheel Doktorn, Rotary Doctors Sweden can ensure that vaccination reaches the population of Trans-Nzoia County in Kenya (380 km north-west of Nairobi).
It was initially discovered that vaccines were stuck in the largest hospital in the region where only a few came to be vaccinated. Rotary Doctors are now going out everyday to churches, markets and to smaller cities to vaccinate. Rotary Doctors are facilitated by a local NGO of health care professionals.
More than 100 people are vaccinated each day. For the villagers of Kapsigilai, they would have to travel 800 km to be vaccinated. Therefore, a jeep brought the doctors and health workers to them. 308 people were vaccinated in a day. However, more than 100 did not receive the vaccine by the end of the day. So another trip had to be made. If left for the villagers to make the journey for a vaccination, few would have had it. Making vaccination available is important.
The donations have been estimated to be enough for about 10.000 vaccinations.