Regions where HAP Works

The regions covered by the Health for All Project (HAP) have been selected by MoH and the consortium based on an analysis of demographic trends, access to health care and needs, poverty and vulnerability as well as potential synergies with others projects funded by SDC and other donors.
Geographically the Project will cover 2 out of the 12 regions (Qarks) of Albania that are Dibër and Fier. Key characteristics of these regions are provided in annex 1. In July 2014 the Parliament of Albania approved the new administrative territorial division which revises the former commune and reassembled them into “Local Government Units” (LGUs) respectively municipalities. According to this new map, in Dibër and Fier there are respectively 4 and 6 LGUs.

Dibër has a comparatively low population size (around 130’000 people) which is further likely to decline in the coming years. The region ranks with regard to poverty rate in the middle (13%), but has the highest infant mortality and the 3rd lowest health insurance coverage (8%). There is however only a small Roma population living in Dibër but at the same time around 30% of families needing economic assistance.

Fier is demographically relatively important albeit declining over the last decade. The poverty rate is second highest in Albania (17.5%) and health insurance coverage low (11%). Child mortality in Fier ranks comparatively high according to MoH statistics and comparatively low according to the DHS 2008-09 as Fier was regrouped with other coastal regions.