Opinions of participants at Swiss School of Public Health

During the course we learned how to focus on the behaviors of HC users, how we could change these behaviors to achieve the required goal and how the commitment of the stakeholders (patients, families, community, school, local government, etc.) could help us in achieving this goal. During the daily work as a family physician, in addition to acute cases, we receive also several cases with chronic diseases where an important role are such factors as smoking, nutrition, physical activity. These can become promotion, health education topics that can change patients’ behaviors by providing them the opportunity to lead a healthy life.– Dr. Elsida Kalemi, Patos HC, Participant in the course “Generating the demand for better public health services”.

The course was very effective, especially during this pandemics where physical distancing is very important. I learned how through a simulation I can calculate the number of patients I have, how many patients come in a day, what is the allowed number to be admitted, the time when the first patient enters, the duration of the visit while the second patient waits his time, etc. Thus, I can make a better organization of the visits. – Dr. Ermelinda Imeraj, Patos HC, Participant in the course “Systems Analysis & Health Policy, Economics and Managerial Decisions. Data-based decision making.”

Attending this course was useful for me as a Nurse and Quality Coordinator at Patos HC as the Nurse is one of the professionals within the health care system that can and should have the greatest impact on the prevention and control of NCDs. I think that with the new knowledge gained during this course, the program for prevention and control of hypertension and diabetes developed by Patos HC with the support of the HAP Project will take the main focus in our center thus strengthening the role of the nurse in the prevention and control of NCDs. – Eriselda Marko, Nurse, Patos HC, Participant in the course “Controlling NCDs in a Global Health Perspective: Public Health and systems strengthening approaches”.

We learned how to identify the audience, give it the right priority, and identify the groups to address. We also understood the importance of educational research and what research methods should be used to identify certain behavioral indicators and how to make appropriate questions. – Erisa Luzi, Public Health Institute, Participant in the course “Generating demand for better public health services”.

This course was very important as during the pandemic period it was observed a significant increase in the use of alcohol and narcotics. We discussed the policies that have been taken and the measures that can be taken for these matters. Discussions were held also on the impact of the pandemic on children, who are one of the most affected strata. –Dr. Joana Prifti, Libofsha HC, Participant in the course “Optional mental health policies”

As an economist, I chose this course to learn more about economic management to cope with a crisis situation like the one our country is currently facing, the objectives and priorities, as well as the policies to be followed up, taking as examples different countries. The program of this school created this opportunity for us to attend this valuable and all-inclusive sessions. Moreover, the topic related to the good management of hospitals helped us to expand our knowledge of the evaluation criteria and many other points that we encounter on a daily basis in our work at the institution of Vlora Regional Directorate of Health Care Operator. – Anxhela Shenaj, Health Service Operator, Vlora Directory, Participant at the course “Health economy and COVID-19”

This experience is very important to me in the professional level, as a clinical psychologist as it helps me with my tasks within the public health sector at RDHCO by specifically improving the strategies and mental health policies in our dependent institutions such as: “Ali Mihali Vlora” Psychiatric Hospital, Community Mental Health Center and supported housing structures. It is also of great significance on a personal level because it develops more knowledge, strengthens critical thinking and expands the contacts with young professionals who work and contribute to mental healthcare in different parts of the world. – Ina Islamaj, Health Service Operator, Vlora Directory, Participant at the course “Optional mental health policies”

At the end of the course, I gained useful knowledge about the various issues that need to be followed up to implement a comprehensive approach (e.g. inter-sectional, multi-sectional, Health in all policies) and the importance they have in the policy making and their implementation. I have learned a lot about the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda paradigm and the social determinants of health, healthcare equality and the relations between them. I have a better understanding of how coordinated actions can improve health and equality issues by addressing health determinants.- Petrit Dollani, Faculty of Economy, Participant in the course “Coordinating approaches to health: policy and practice”.

Given that I am part of the working group for the development of the curriculum of the “Family Nursing” Master program, namely, co-responsible for the course: “Management of Chronic Diseases”, I believe that this course was very appreciated as its purpose was to provide guidance regarding public health strategies to limit NCDs and necessary changes in the health care systems, in relation to the most cost-effective and affordable interventions.- Miranda Cela, Faculty of Technical Medical Sciences, Participant in the course “NCDs control in a global health perspective: Public health and systems strengthening approaches ”.

The information that we obtained from this course is very useful for the country where we work, so that we also convey to the FMTS students the importance of these NCDs, their prevention and early detection through adequate information. Great attention should also be paid to strengthening the role of the nurses in the primary healthcare, which is the first and most frequent contact for the patient, family, community, where continuous training would be the key to success in prevention, diagnosis of diseases and a more efficient treatment by increasing the quality of service and bringing as a result patients aware of the importance of these diseases and patients satisfied with the health service.- Albana Poloska, Faculty of Technical Medical Sciences, Participant in the course “NCDs control in a global health perspective: Public health and systems strengthening approaches”.