Albanian Ministry of Finances and the World Bank in Albania have signed on Thursday a 32.1 million EUR loan agreement for the improvement of the health care system in the country. The agreement signed by the Minister of Finances Shkelqim Cani and World Bank Country Representative Tahseen Sayed.
The 32.1 million EUR project will be invested in the improvement of the infrastructure of hospitals throughout the country and its legal framework. This reform will transform the management of this sector which will provide more effective services, the improvement of the performance by the hospitals, ect.
The current government promised free health care for all the Albanian citizens in the elections of 2013, but this electoral project has not been yet implemented. However, the government has undertaken a one year program which provides free health controls for people of age 40-65 years old, known as “Program of Free of Charge Basic Health Check”.
This project financed by the World Bank aims to improve the quality of service and the information management by implementing a new system (HMIS). The project will also contribute in the buying and distribution system of pharmaceutic products and the usage of medical equipments.
The project, which is predicted to end by February 28th, 2021, will be co-financed by the Albanian gvoerment by 4 million EUR and will be implemented by the Ministry of Health Care.
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