The Swiss programme will support the implementation of the Government of Kosovo’s reform agenda, such as in the introduction of a Mandatory Health Insurance (MHI), which aims at ensuring universal access to services and strengthening of Primary Health Care (PHC). The MHI aims to improve financial protection and enhance the availability of drugs and medical supplies, while reducing present-day out-of-pocket payments.

Particular emphasis will be put on supporting the system’s understanding of and response to the needs and concerns of disadvantaged and excluded groups as well as strengthening managerial capacities in health facilities and reinforcing accountability mechanisms.

At the local level, the programme will increase the quality of care by strengthening the capacities of health service staff – clinical staff and managers – as well as enhancing access to services. In view of the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, strengthening the capacities of the system to prevent, address and manage these diseases requires increasing attention. Health promotion will be an important pillar in increasing the health literacy of the population and strengthening demand and social accountability within the system.

Domain Goal & Outcomes

Key actors involved in healthcare provision, purchasing and regulation contribute to the development of a sustainable healthcare system that offers qualitative and affordable services to its population.

The following outcomes are expected:

  • National and local public health institutions and facilities offer more qualitative, accessible and affordable services to citizens, including disadvantaged and excluded groups;
  • The population improves its health literacy, adopts healthier behaviours and holds health authorities to account.

Smiling mother and child in Nigeria
Smiling mother and child in Nigeria ©SDC/Olivier Lassen

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