Student-run Multidisciplinary Allied Health Practice Center

Student-run Multidisciplinary Allied Health Practice Center (SMAHPC) -project addresses the need for better health and rehabilitation services in Kosovo through development of new operating models and competences for multidisciplinary health center. The aim of this project is to establish and functioning a student-run center in Kosovo that provides easy access services for Kosovar people but also new kind of learning environment for students in Kosovo.

Purpose of the Project:

This project addresses the great need for qualified health/rehabilitation in Kosovo. The relatively poor level of quality and efficiency of health services in general in Kosovo represents an issue that is insufficiently and inadequately addressed by the current national programs, strategies and macro-policies.

The latter only partially reflect to the needs of the Kosovar society, especially to the vulnerable groups. Besides, the relatively high cost of health services represents a significant challenge endangering the overall survival of the patients and their families; this is particularly concerning, while having in mind the lack of health insurance for at least 80% of the people. Around 200 mill. EUR were spent during 2017 by the Kosovar people in imports of health services. Such figure is considered as a very urgent alarm for the policy-makers especially to reform the health sector, especially if one were to consider that in 2017, the GDP was around 6.31 billion Euro, population of 1.7 million with 55% being younger than 30 years old, a poverty rate of 24%, a long-term unemployment rate of 30.5%, and a public budget of 1.725 billion EUR out of which only 55.9 mill. EUR were allocated to the Ministry of Health (Kosovo Statistical Office).

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Anu Myllyharju-Puikkonen

Lehtori, Senior Lecturer
Kuntoutusinstituutti, Institute of Rehabilitation
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies