Albania, Two-year Agreement with the World Health Organization
Albanian Daily News
Published February 21, 2018
The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ogerta Manastirliu and the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, signed in Podgorica the two-year agreement for assistance to improve the health service in Albania with the aim of guaranteeing universal health coverage of the population.
Minister said that this agreement opens the way for strengthening cooperation in some important areas for the country, especially in improving the vaccination program.
"The coverage of the vaccination program is at 97% in Albania, fulfilling the criteria set by WHO. Although this vaccine coverage is among the highest in Europe, we are working to encourage the vaccination program even in those groups that reject it. We appreciate the WHO support for expanding the vaccine program for preventable diseases through this process," said Manastirliu.
In the meantime, the Director of the World Health Organization said that Albania has marked the most important step in the vaccination program, and that WHO assistance will continue not only for immunization, but also for other programs to improve the public health.