A 3-day International Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is taking place in Kosovo from 27-29 September 2023, hosted by the Ministry of Health of Kosovo, in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Its purpose is to exchange best practices, inspire the Kosovo NCDs Plan, and generate sustainable actions and recommendations to tackle NCD challenges.
The Symposium is accredited by the Chamber of Doctors and the Chamber of Nurses in Kosovo. Around 500 participants, including internationally renowned speakers, are expected to attend this event. Jointly with the National Institute of Public Health, the SDC Kosovo projects, Accessible Quality Healthcare and Integrated Health Services, are facilitating the organization of the symposium.
The health of the population of Kosovo has improved, with strengthened healthcare providers and managers able to meet the needs of the patients (especially vulnerable groups), who are more aware of their rights and needs.
Primary health care providers in project municipalities deliver quality services that respond better to communities’ needs, including those of vulnerable groups.
Health managers in project municipalities improve their performance in guiding service delivery towards continuous quality improvement that responds to communities’ needs.
Health awareness and care seeking behavior of the population in project municipalities improves (in particular of vulnerable groups) and communities are empowered to demand the right to quality services and better access to care.
4-year phase of AQH (AQH II) commenced January 2020 and will conclude December 2023, supporting 20 of the 38 municipalities in Kosovo, as well as those national institutions responsible for ensuring the quality of Primary Health Care services.