The Directors Board of World Bank approved on Friday a 32.1 ml EUR fund by International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, for “The Project for the Improvement of Health System in Albania”. The total cost of the project is 36.1 million EUR, but the 4 million EUR remained will be financed by the Albanian government. The project will support the improvement of effectiveness in health care in most of hospitals throughout the country, the improvement of information management and the increase of financial access for health services.
After the approval of the fund, Tahseen Sayed, the Director of World Bank for Albania declared that reforms in health care sector in Albania are complex and there is still much work to be done. “The government has showed its engagement for the implementation of reforms in several key sectors including the improvement of financing systems for health care and hospital services sector. This project will support reforms aiming the improvement of access and effectiveness in health care services,” added Sayed.
In turn, Lorena Kostallari, Senior Director of the project declared: “The entire population will benefit in general terms by this project, especially from improves that will be mane in services by hospital and health care centers.” The project will make possible the increase up to 65% of the health insurances cover for people in need, added Kostallari. The project will train more than 700 employees and specific groups with chronic diseases will benefit from the improvement of primary care and the reduced co-payments for main medicines.
Since it became a member in 1991, Albania has benefited from 84 projects at an amount of more than $2.1 billion by IDA and IBRD loans and funds.
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