Family medicine teams continue training on NCD prevention and control

In September-October 2023, selected teams of family medicine practitioners in Tirana, Elbasan, Korça, and Shkodra will be part of a series of Training-of-Trainer sessions regarding the implementation of clinical protocols and guidelines for prevalent non-infectious diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, asthma, and COPD. The training consists of 20 six-hour sessions on the “Use of […]

Improving Healthcare: The Collaborative Success of Durrës LUHC with the Health for All Project

In the coastal town of Durrës, Albania, over 100,000 residents are witnessing a transformation in their primary healthcare service with the Local Healthcare Unit leading the change. We spoke to Eriona Petro who has held the pivotal position of the Chief of Primary Healthcare Services in the region since 2016 to tell us more about […]

Dr. Bajram Lami: Patient visits increase following the rebuilding of health centre

Dr. Bajram Lami is the doctor of the recently rebuilt health centre in the village of Zall Mner, in the municipality of Kamëz. We spoke together about his extensive experience in serving the community and the benefits brought by the improvement of infrastructure in the quality and range of services provided to the residents of […]

HAP holds workshop on “Advocacy in Healthcare: Primary Healthcare and Vulnerable Groups”

The “Health for All Project” organized a workshop on the topic of “Advocacy in Healthcare: Primary Healthcare and Vulnerable Groups” with the participation of Civil Society Organizations and Media working in the field of healthcare advocacy. The aim of the workshop was to discuss advocacy issues in primary healthcare and the current and future needs […]

Rebuilding Complete: Zall Mner Health Center Restored to Full Functionality

The residents of Zall Mner village will soon have access to improved healthcare services thanks to the modern infrastructure of the health centre rebuilt with the investment of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation through the Health for All project. The Zall Mner health centre is the third building being rebuilt from the ground […]

Informative Workshops with LUHCs

HAP continues to support Local Units of Health Care (LUHCs) in expanding the services to be provided by the family medicine team, such as home care, implementation of protocols for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and visit appointment and planning. Currently, in collaboration with the Operator of Health Service, HAP is conducting a series of informative workshops […]

Phase II of the Health for All Project Closes – Here are the Achievements

The Health for All project closed its second phase on March 31, 2023, marking significant achievements in the support of Primary Health Care service in the country. As we reflect upon the fruitful four years behind us, we express our gratitude to our collaborators, partners, and healthcare experts and professionals who, with their support, make […]

Approved: Training on Mental Health Management in Primary Healthcare

Family doctors, social workers, psychologists, and mental health specialists gathered on June 1st under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and HAP for a consultative meeting on the training program “Empowering the Family Medicine Team in Managing Mental Health Disorders in Primary Health Care”. The purpose of the meeting was to […]

Strengthening Home Care Capabilities: Training Continues

Enhancing the provision of home care services remains a priority for HAP, who has been supporting this intervention with ongoing training programs for the family medical team since 2021. In this regard, approximately 45 nurses from the Rrethinë and Postribë Health Centres in Shkodra have undergone training from May to June 2023, focusing on home […]

The Steering Committee Approves Interventions and Activities of the Consolidation Phase

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection approved in March 2023 the HAP project document for the Consolidation Phase that will be implemented in the period 1st April 2023-31 March 2027.  On April 26, 2023, HAP held the 16th meeting of the Steering Committee. Discussions focused on the achievements of the project’s second phase and […]

The Health for All Project’s Interventions were Presented at the Health Congress

On March 6-7, 2023, Tirana hosted the First Health Congress, where policymakers, healthcare experts and professionals, service users, and other relevant stakeholders gathered in a shared forum to exchange experiences regarding the challenges of the healthcare system. One of the topics addressed in a special panel was “Primary healthcare as a strategic mechanism to ensure […]

The designing of the social worker profile in PHC

The integration of social services into Primary Health Care necessitated the inclusion of social work professionals on the interdisciplinary team and in the delivery of social-health services. HAP supported the designing of the social worker profile in primary health care in response to the request of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. The document […]

Family medicine teams trained in geriatric care

In March 2022, HAP published the “Medical care for the elderly in primary healthcare” manual, following approval by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, as a means of reference in the daily work of family doctors and family nurses for the provision of health care to elderly patients. For the purpose of training health […]

NCD protocols introduced at the International Family Medicine Conference

On 10 and 11 November 2022, the 7th International Family Medicine Conference was held in Pristina, attended by primary health care professionals from countries in the region. HAP supported the attendance in the conference of  Adriana Banaj, MD (Patos HC) and Kledian Deda, MD (Frakull HC) who shared with peers their experiences with the use […]

Protocol implementation monitoring

The up-to-date protocols on the treatment of the 5 most common non-communicable diseases in PHC, approved by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, have started to be implemented in all health center of Dibra and Fier regions. In order to ensure the monitoring of their implementation, based on the indicators foreseen under each protocol, […]

22 health centers preparing to provide HBC services

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has selected 22 health centers (HCs) in Tirana, Durrës, Elbasan, Korca and Shkodër regions for the first phase of national upscaling of home-based care (HBC)-an intervention introduced by HAP and piloted in 9 HCs in the regions of Dibra and Fier. In this context, the 22 HCs have […]

HAP interventions getting upscaled at national level

Since the start of the second phase of implementation (from 1 April 2019), HAP has worked, among others, on drafting a new model of home-based care and review of clinical protocols and guidelines (CPGs) for the treatment of five, most common non-communicable diseases  (hypertension, diabetes mellitus type II, dyslipidemias, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) […]

Swiss support enables new PHC facilities in post-earthquake areas

Minister of Health and Social Protection Ogerta Manastirliu, Swiss Ambassador Adrian Maître and Durrës Mayor Emiriana Sako visited the newly reconstructed health centre in Ishëm. The Ishëm health centre was severely damaged by the 26.11 earthquake and was built from beginning after the demolition of the previous old building. During the visit Minister of Health […]

New PHC nurse profiles approved by MoHSP

The Ministry of Health and Social Protection has approved HAP’s proposal for 3 new nurse profiles at primary healthcare level: family nurse at health center, family nurse at health post and home-care nurse. Meanwhile, consultative meetings have been organized with interest parties to discuss three additional profiles, namely: school nurse, health promotion nurse and physiotherapist […]

Inauguration ceremony for the new master program in Family Nursing

On March 7, 2022 took place  the inauguration ceremony of the new professional master program in Family Nursing. The event was attended by Minister of Health and Social Protection Ogerta Manastirliu, Swiss Ambassador Adrian Maître, Rector of the University of Medicine Arben Gjata, Dean of Faculty of Medical Technical Sciences Ilirjana Zekja, pedagogical staff and […]