The 5th International Public Health Conference – organised by Albania’s Institute for Public Health and supported by Health for All Project – was held on May 9th to address issues of behavioural determinants of health and disease in Western Balkans and Europe.

Specialists from national and international health organisations, including HAP staff, offered findings and conclusions of their work in public health. Dr. Ehadu Mersini, deputy manager and CME officer for HAP, presented the findings of the survey on chronic health conditions knowledge, attitude and practice. The results indicate that while knowledge of population on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes seems good, there is need for more specific of specific knowledge on diabetes and obesity.

HAP’s health promotion officer, Dr. Ilir Topi, presented promising results of the training on participatory health promotion in Albania. He noted that the adaption by the trainees of the participatory approaches leads to strengthening of specialists’ technical profile, promotes the integration of health promotion in the settings of primary health care and fills the capacity gaps of healthcare providers

Rezearta Bojaxhi, a volunteer with HAP, offered interesting findings in regard to Thalassemia knowledge, attitude and practice of primary healthcare providers in Fier. The results presented by her indicate for HAP’s support is needed to strengthen the primary care provider’s health promotion capacitites, to bridge the gapst in health literacy related to Thalassemia.

Participating and presenting in this conference were also three family doctors, and close partners of HAP, from the district of Fier: Dr. Majlinda Tafaj (Kurjan HC), Dr. Irma Seitaj (Roskovec HC) and Dr. Blerina Buzi (Kuman). The three doctors presented the findings of the two-year follow-up of chronic health conditions   with results of the basic health screening program in their respective health centers. Their work stressed that the follow-up of patients was necessary, and that more systematic interventions on indentified patients are needed, in order to prevent the worsening of their condition.