Revised clinical protocols and guidelines on non-communicable diseases soon to be available for teams of family medicine in Albania.

In Albania NCDs are estimated to account for about 93% of total deaths, with cardiovascular diseases being the main culprit (57% mortality rate)[1] . NCDs have been subject to significant growth over the past two decades, a trend that is expected to continue in the future because of increasing life expectancy and aging of the […]

Young researchers in Albania benefit from a new training program on Scientific Operational Research in Health

In Albania there is a need to boost capacities in operational research with a focus on Primary Health Care and Public Health. The country lacks research education in health professional curricula and teaching documents on research topics in Albanian language. Moreover, there is lack of financial resources to practice and implement research activities in the […]

Interview with Riccardo Curatolo-a Swiss volunteer in Albania

Interview with Riccardo Curatolo-a Swiss volunteer in Albania   How would you describe your experience with HAP and your overall experience in Albania? To be honest, I imagined life and work to be very different here in Albania than it is. Whereas in some matters Swiss people are quite the same as Albanians for other […]

Developments on the Professional Master in Family Nursing

The international consultancy with the working group in charge of drafting the curriculum of the Professional Master in Family Nursing program has continued online. The objectives and content of the first 5 courses of this program have been finalized, including teaching methods, assessment forms and respective syllabuses. The finalized courses are as follows: family nursing, […]

Presentation of home-based care models

In the framework of designing and testing the extended models of home based care (healthcare and social care combined), the study “Assessment of the needs for home based care in Dibra and Fier district” was conducted. The findings of the study were discussed in an online workshop held on May 27th. The objective of the […]

PHC professionals appreciate HAP’s training materials on COVID-19

“There was little information in the first moments we faced COVID-19, especially in early March. Everywhere, in the workplaces, in family and social premises, we were asked to provide information about this new disease” – says Dr. Artenca, family physician in Tirana. Several other primary care professionals felt the same as Dr. Artenca, and began […]

The first PHC strategy in Albania has been approved

In Albania, traditionally, most of the population’s contacts with the health system occur at the health center level and many health problems are addressed by general practitioners or even nurses in primary health care facilities (especially in remote areas). However, demographic, and epidemiological changes, ever-increasing expectations for health care, linked with the high risks of […]