Healthcare advocacy in Albania ensures equal access to services

Healthcare advocacy in Albania ensures equal access to services
Healthcare advocacy is important to ensure equal access to qualitative care for the vulnerable population, increase the use of the referral system, address health inequities, influence decision-makers, and create systematic change for a healthier population.
albania health
19 October 2022
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In the last 10 years in Albania, numerous short-term and long-term interventions (mainly funded by the donors) have been implemented by the civil society organization to advance advocacy actions in health care.

However, regardless of the success of isolated interventions, there is still much to do to create a culture of bottom-up influencing approaches. Health advocacy is a long process and takes into consideration different actors and factors among which are the social determinants of health and health inequities.

This assessment report aims to strengthen the understanding of the efforts of civil society for advocacy in the health sector in Albania and to explain the main challenges faced by them during implementation, and to provide recommendations on how all the main stakeholders can work together to address some of these challenges. 

The assessment sets out to answer the following research questions: 

  • How effective have been the advocacy efforts in the health sector in Albania? 
  • What is the profile of the CSOs that work in advocacy and what organizational challenges do they face? 
  • What are the key challenges for CSOs to ensure that their voice and that of their constituencies are represented to the higher levels of the decision-makers, and how do these voices influence decision-making? 
  • How the advocacy efforts can be more sustainable in the future?

To learn more, please read the full version of the report in English or Albanian.

 

Advocacy in healthcare 

Advocacy in healthcare