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Afatinib medication is received as a donation to the Oncology Clinic

Afatinib is received at the Oncology Clinic at UCCK which is another donation from Americares through the partner Action for Mothers and Children. After several donations and great support, Americares and Action for Mothers and Children continues to help and cover the needs of the hospitals with different medications, where this time they bring Afatinab, a donation that reaches the value of more than $ 500,000.

Afatinib is a medication that is used for lung cancer treatment. This medicament acts as a barrier that slows down or tries to stop the development of cancer cells.

“Americares continues to support the work of Action for Mothers and Children and to cover the needs of hospitals with medication, addressing the specific needs of hospitals such as in the Oncology Clinic today where mothers that suffer from cancer are also treated. In this case, we hope that this donation will be sustained and supported at the institutional level,” emphasized Dafina Krasniqi from Action for Mothers and Children.

Arrival of the fourth contingent in Kosovo is made possible thanks to donations collected from “Let’s Dance” event in Kosovo and “Meet US Halfway” event in New York.

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Mothers Classes now provide counselling on Post-Partum Depression

Prishtina, 19 July 2017-

The Women’s Health Resource Center, now renamed into “Mothers’ Classes” have started a new topic as part of their curriculum on post-partum depression in all the family medicine centers in Prizren, Mitrovica, Ferizaj, Sterpce, Kacanik and Gynecology/Obstetrics Clinic in Prishtina for all the women and their partners attending these centers.

The development of this curriculum has been developed due to the importance to raise awareness and provide information on time for its symptoms and early treatment. Post-partum depression occurs due to hormonal changes that women experience during pregnancy and after delivery. Symptoms differ, but the most common ones include lack of interest in the baby, appetite and sleep disturbance, crying and sadness, feelings of guilt, loss of joy up to different psychosis.  Around 1 in 7 new mothers get PPD. It often starts within 1-3 weeks after birth but it can occur anytime within the first year.

Along the efforts to raise awareness on the issue, we have also launched an informative video on post-partum depression, being broadcasted in local TV stations and social media, accessible via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIbU6pOEok&list=PLJHEJ1W5Ncy4kPEn2elNXPF6rDD38Rkwg&index=3

The development of this curriculum has been made possible through the support of Kosovo Women’s Network and is now an integrated part of the health resource center services in family medicine centers, informative brochures now available in main family medicine centers and part of the evidence-based online platform beba-ks.com

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Pap tests offered as a regular service in the Municipality of Prishtina

Prishtina, 12 July 2017-

Pap tests continue to be offered as a regular service in the primary health care level in the Municipality of Prishtina. The pilot program implemented during 2016 enabled over 2,000 women in Prishtina. The pilot phase led to the identification of cases with cellular changes, with potential to lead to cervical cancer, at an early stage, thus enabling their successful treatment.

“As a result of successful piloting last year, the screening service is continuing in the municipality of Prishtina, hence all women women of ages 21 to 65 are invited to have their Pap smears in one of the Family Medicine Centers in Prishtina, such as Women Wellness Center in Qafa, Family Medicine Center 5 in Ulpiana, and Family Medicine Center 6 in Kodra e Diellit. All informative materials are now available in the family medicine centers in Prishtina, which women can contact for appointments,” says Dafina Krasniqi, program coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

The continuation of this program represents a priority in the Health Sectorial Strategy and the National Board for Cancer Control and is implemented with the support of the Municipal Directory for Health and Social Welfare, so that Pap tests are offered as a regular service in the primary health care level. This program led to improved cooperation among the primary and tertiary health care levels, among others, and was accompanied by capacity building training for medical staff in the tertiary health care level regarding the pathological analysis performed in the scope of the screening program.

As a result of continuation of this service, Action for Mothers and Children has launched the informative campaign accessible via www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0azXlBHmFY&list=PLJHEJ1W5Ncy4kPEn2elNXPF6rDD38Rkwg&index=1.

The screening program is also supported by the Ministry of Health, the National Board for Cancer Control, the Institute of Pathology within the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, National Institute for Public Health in Kosovo, United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA (Kosovo Office), World Health Organization – WHO (Kosovo Office), and the non-governmental organization Action for Mothers and Children.

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The Importance of Family Planning in Population Health – Marking the World Population Day

Prishtina, 11 July 2017-

The K10 Coalition on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, in co-operation with and support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA – Kosovo Office), in the occasion of marking the World Population Day, organized a roundtable discussion on “The Importance of Family Planning in Population Health” .

Representatives of UNFPA said that in Kosovo the use of contraceptives continues to be a myth. According to Dr. Visare Mujko Nimani the use of modern contraceptives is still quite low.

“According to the data that exist in Kosovo, unfortunately, the use of modern contraceptive devices in Kosovo is not satisfactory. In Kosovo, the use of modern contraceptives is around 14 percent, which is not a satisfactory number. This shows that couples are using other contraceptive tools, such as traditional methods that are not very safe and which can lead to an unplanned pregnancy or abortion”.

During her presentation, Dr. Zarife Miftari from UNFPA also said that in Kosovo fertility has fallen to 2.3 percent from 2.9 percent. She also stressed that contraception is still misunderstood by us and that these misunderstandings should be removed through services and knowledge sharing  on the importance of reproductive health.

Representative of Ministry of Health, Dr. Merita Vuthaj, said that the Ministry of Health has drafted the law on the legal infrastructure for reproductive health in Kosovo starting with the law on reproductive health drafted and approved in 2006 (this law is already being revised). According to Dr. Vuthaj, MoH is in the process of drafting the concept paper for revision of this law as there have been many shortcomings in the previous law. She emphasized that Kosovo will have a comprehensive law within which, besides reproductive health, assisted medical fertilization will also be included.

Mrika Aliu, executive director of Action for Mothers and Children, emphasized that the K10 coalition has a mission to work for a society that has decent sexual and reproductive health and that the coalition aims to raise the patient’s awareness about it.

This roundtable served as an opportunity to remind institutions and organizations of the importance of family planning and the current situation in Kosovo.

The K10 Coalition of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is established as a result of the cooperation between Action for Mothers and Children, Kosovo Health Foundation (KOPF), Peer Educators Network (PEN), Patients’ Rights Association in Kosovo (PRAK), Artpolis, Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), Kosovar Center for Fighting Breast Cancer (Jeta/Vita), Health for All, Kosovar Association for the Promotion, Advancement, and Protection of Adolescents (Shko-Pa-Msha), and the Association for Health Education and Development (AHED), and is financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Bank Street Charity Invitational raises nearly $10,000 for mothers and children in Kosovo

Prishtina, 10 July 2017-

For the third year now, the leading investment firm, Bank Street Group, has hosted the annual Charity Invitational golf event at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT. Proceeds from this annual event benefit nearly two dozen charities around the globe, among which also Action for Mothers and Children.

“The Bank Street Charity Invitational was sponsored in the longstanding tradition at Bank Street, where every member of our team is expected not only to be a leader in the industry sectors we compete in but also in our broader global community,” said Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director of Bank Street Group and Honorary Board Member at Action for Mothers and Children.

This event annually backs teams in a golf tournament playing for their selected charities. “It is always an honor to support a great foundation which helps improve the care for mothers and children in a developing part of the world,” says Bekim Ahmetaj, AMC board member and golf-player for Action for Mothers and Children.

Bank Street Group is a leading investment banking firm serving the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. To learn more about the Bank Street Charity Invitational, please visit www.bankstreetinvitational.com

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The second ‘Teshavesha’ charity shop was opened today

Prishtina, 04 July 2017-

The second ‘Teshavesha’ charity shop was opened today thanks to the financial support of Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo. Starting today, the second-hand store opened its doors with a new location at the Sunny Hill, str. Armend Daci, nr. 12, across the Enver Maloku Memorial.

Teshavesha is a social enterprise founded by Action for Mothers and Children on July of 2016 to support the healthcare programs for mothers and children. At Teshavesha, community members can donate and purchase clothing for men and women, girls and boys, toys, house decorations, house utilities, accessories, with affordably low prices to support AMC programs from store sales.

Since founded, Teshavesha is visited by more than 400 clients every month and has mobilized the support of designers, media, textile entities, media, public faces, private companies and international organizations. “The goodwill of our community members to donate and purchase at our store has enabled us to open the second Teshavesha, and to become more accessible to our citizens,” said Janinë Mehmeti, Fundraising Coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

Teshavesha accepts donations from citizens and sells second-hand items back to the citizens, whereby the income supports the health of mothers and children by financing the foundation’s programs, such as: supply of medication and medical equipment, development of the Neonatal Referral System, as well as the expansion of the Womean Health Resource Centers, ‘Classes for Mothers’.

 

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Albi Group donates clothes in the amount of 10,000 Euro for the new Teshaveshastore

Prishtina, 30 June 2017-

Teshavesha is opening its second charity storethanks to the continued support of donors and citizens. For the first time, marking a new partnership with Teshavesha, Albi Shopping Mall, part of Albi Group, a faithful partner to Action for Mothers and Children has donated new textile products in the value of10,000 Euros. This significant contribution supports the healthcare programs of the Foundation.

The new Teshavesha charity store expands its activities to another part of the city of Prishtina, at the str. Armend Daci no.12, across the Enver Maloku memorial, and continues to be open every day of the week from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on Saturdays from 12:00am to 4:00pm. Community members are welcome to donate and purchase clothing during working hours.

Teshavesha continues to accept and sell second-hand clothes from citizens, while all the revenue from the store sales fund projects for mothers and children’s health such as: purchase of medications and medical equipments, development of the neonatal referral system,and expanding the services of women’s health resource centers “Mother’s Classes”.

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Over 30 pathologists from the Institute of Pathology trained on Ovarian Cytology

Prishtina, 28 June 2017-

Over a period of two days, pathologists in the Institute of Pathology in the Hospital and University Clinical Service of Kosovo, had the opportunity to undergo the second intensive training organized in the scope of the National Program for Cervical Cancer Screening, which is an important component of screening program and serves as the continuous training and medical education of medical staff from all levels of health care provision. This was a continuation of the first training that we had organized during February 2-17, for the pathologists and technicians in the Institute of Pathology again under the expert and professional training and supervision of the Clinical Cytology specialist and doctor Merdita Agai Muhaxhiri.

Pathologists had the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn about new developments in the field of clinical cytology, while conducting practical demonstrations in real work environments over different topics including ovarian cytology, cytodiagnostics in abdominal distension, immunocytology in differential diagnosis of ovarian tumors, and cytological changes in Douglas liquid in cervical cancer.

Action for Mothers and Children and other implementing partners will certainly provide their continuous support in implementing and promoting the national program of cervical cancer screening as a lawful right guaranteed by the law for all women.

This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, Ministry of Health in Kosovo, National Board for Cancer Control, Women Wellness Center within the Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo,World Health Organization (WHO) – Kosovo Office, Action for Mothers and Children, and is supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – Kosovo Office.

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The Impact of Smoking in Sexual Reproductive Health – Open discussion with citizens

Prishtina, 27 June 2017-

Today was held the second open discussion with citizens about the Impact of Smoking in Sexual Reproductive Health. This discussion was organized by Coalition K10, a coalition comprised of ten non-governmental organizations on health and sexual and reproductive rights, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- the Kosovo Office, and the Ministry of Health.

This discussion showed the risks of smoking in sexual and reproductive health in women and men of different ages. The purpose of the discussion was to address the effects and the impact of smoking on sexual and reproductive health. During the discussion it was said that many world studies support the fact that smoking affects almost every aspect of sexual and reproductive health as well as the health of children.

Dr. Sami Uka, from the World Health Organization (WHO), explained that “Thanks to the adaptation of anti-smoking legislation, a positive trend has been observed in recent years in lowering the rate of tobacco consumption. Recent studies have shown that there is a decrease in the use of smoking as well as the exposure of children to tobacco smoke. ”

Whereas, Dr. Jasmina Tolaj, a gynecologist, stated that “Tobacco is very harmful and has serious consequences for the health of mothers and children, causing premature births, low weight babies, and various organ damage.”

Mr. Faik Hoti, from the Ministry of Health said that “The applicable law prohibits 100% smoking in closed environments. And if we analyze the recent years, after 2013, where the law has been at the top of enforceability, there has been a lack of law enforcement. This has happened due to negligence and insufficient attention by the relevant institutions in the monitoring. “Meanwhile, Dr. Florina Ushaku Grezda, a family doctor from the Main Family Medicine Centre in Pristina, said that “Anti-smoking should not be marked on May 31st alone on the international anti-smoking day, but this topic should be in focus throughout the year. ”

Such open discussions with citizens will continue to be organized by Coalition K10 to address sexual and reproductive health issues with citizens.

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The Levonorgestrel intrauterine device is delivered to the UCCK Clinic of Gynecology

Prishtina, 27 June 2017-

The successful cooperation between the Foundation Action for Mothers and Children and the international organization Americares, as well as the Kosovo University Clinical Center, continues. Today, at the Clinic of Gynecology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, was made the delivery of the intrauterine device Levonorgestrel, a donation made possible by the international organization ICA Foundation, through its long-term partner Americares.

The intrauterine device Levonorgestrel is a contraceptive method that is suitable for all women, including women who are breast-feeding.

“Such ongoing donations are a confirmation that successful co-operation between civil society organizations and state institutions is feasible and brings the continued support of serious international partners,” said AlbionaBeselica-Beha, project coordinator at the Foundation “Action For Mothers and Children “.

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The annual event “Cycle Kosovo for Children” raised around 8000 Euros

Prishtina, 06 June 2017-

The annual event “Cycle Kosovo for Children” ended successfully with having around 30 cyclists returng to Pristina after a 3-day charity tour around Kosovo in support of “Action for Mothers and Children”. Cyclists started their tour from Pristina, on 2nd of June, clucling a distance of 500 kilometers and climbing over 5000 meters around Kosovo and returned on June 4th to Pristina, doing this cycling tour for the 4th year in a row.

This year’s event was able to raise around 8,000 Euros through the contributions of companies and individuals who supported cyclists’ challenge, the online campaign at KosovaIdeas, as well as the end-of-tour fundraiser held at DeRada upon cyclists’ return. Contributions will continue to be received until the end of June through foundation’s bank account as well as the online crowdfunding campaign still active in KosovaIdeas platform. This year’s goal is to raise funds that will purchase the CRP analyzer in Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Peja, a device that helps in taking blood samples for premature babies right at the incubator.

Albion Hadri and Agim Bilalli, organizers and cyclists, expressed their satisfaction and excitement for the number of participants in this cycling tour. “We are grateful for all the donations received this year and hope that this charity event will grow in the years to come,” said Hadri.

“Cycle Kosovo for Children” is an annual cycling event around Kosovo to raise funds for Action for Mothers and Children. This event was successfully organized in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and is growing every year. The cycling annual event is an initiative of two international cyclists living in Kosovo, Mark Dixon and Thomas Flanagan, and is strongly supported by Eulex, Kosovo Police, Devolli Corporation, Astes Turkey, Rugove, BpB, Shtepiaku and On Line Studio. The online crodwfunding campaign is still active through KosovaIdeas platform able to receive any amount to further support the goal of cyclists, accessible via: http://kosovaideas.net/campaign/detail/305.

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The annual event “Cycle Kosovo for Children” started today!

Prishtina, 02 June 2017-

Today, the annual event “Cycle Kosovo for Children 2017” has started, organized for the 4th consecutive year. The challenge for this year will be cycling around Kosovo for three days, starting from Prishtina to Gjilan, Ferizaj, Prevalla, Prizren, Gjakova, Valbona, Junik, Peja, and returning back to Prishtina on a journey from over 500 kilometers with over 5000 meters of climbing.

Around 30 cyclists started their journey this morning and will return on Sunday, June 4th, at 18:00 in Prishtina. An end-of-tour event will take place at “De Rada” starting from 19:00 on Sunday, 4th of June, which includes entertainment, music, food and various activities for family members, where all interested citizens are invited to join in welcoming cyclists back.

Albion Hadri, one of the event organizers and cyclist says that, “We are very happy with the number of cyclists who have joined the event this year. This is not a race, rather a charity cycling tour. Thus we would like to kindly ask for patience and support from all the citizens and drivers while we pass through villages and roads around Kosovo.”

“Cycle Kosovo for Children” is an annual cycling event around Kosovo to raise funds for Action for Mothers and Children. This event was successfully organized in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and is growing every year. This year’s goal is to raise funds that will purchase the CRP analyzer for the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Peja, a device that helps in taking blood samples for premature babies right at the incubator.

Alongside, let us kindly remind you that the online fundraising campaign is still active through KosovaIdeas platform where you can donate any amount to support this challenge and the goal of cyclists, accessible via: http://kosovaideas.net/campaign/detail/305.

 

 

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New Resource Center “Mother’s Classes” opens up in Prizren

Prishtina, 31 May 2017-

Today, in an official ceremony the doors of the Women’s Health Resource Center, that now will be renamed “Mother’s Classes” opened up in the Main Family Medicine Center (MFMC) in Prizren – an initiative made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Department of Health and Social Welfare of Prizren, Kosovo Women’s Network, Main Family Medicine Centre and Action for Mothers and Children.

Mehmedali Gashi, director of QKMF, expressed his satisfaction with the opening of the “Mother’s Classes” and said that “the health of mothers and children is a priority of the center and as staff are committed to work in this direction”. He pledged that the opening of this center will contribute directly to the health of mothers and children in the municipality of Prizren.

While the director of the Department of Health and Social Welfare in the Municipality of Prizren, Dr.Shpresa Goqaj, expressed her gratitude for the support  of  Action for Mothers and Children and wished this to be a good start for further cooperation.

Meanwhile, the representative of Action for Mothers and Children, Albiona Beha, declared that establishment of “Mother’s Classes” in Prizren marks the 7th centre, or the 6th municipality that incorporates the educational program of the center as part of the daily services for maternal and child health. “Mother’s Classes” in Prizren will provide educational services, activities of physical and mental wellbeing for women and also their partners, in a comfortable room setting designed in a colorful and warm environment.

During March of this year, a center was opened in the municipality of Kacanik, and last year we  officially opened the centers in Shterpce and Mitrovica, and a year ago in Prishtina and Ferizaj. Action for Mothers and Children aims to expand such information centers for pregnant women and their partners in other municipalities in Kosovo to assist in the establishment of health education within the primary healthcare level in the country.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the municipality of Prizren. The center was made possible thanks to donations collected from the “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” event in Kosovo and “Meet Us Halfway” event in New York.

 

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Be part of “Cycle Kosovo for Children 2017” campaign

Prishtina, 24 May 2017-

Local cyclists are organizing the “Cycle Kosovo for Children” event for the fourth consecutive year in support of “Action for Mothers and Children.” The challenge for this year will be cycling around Kosovo for three days starting from Prishtina to Gjilan, Ferizaj, Prevalla, Prizren, Gjakova, Valbona, Junik, Peja, and returning to Pristina on a journey of over 300 miles (500km) and with over 5000 meters of climbing.

“We are doing this challenge to raise funds for Action for Mothers and Children with the purpose of buying a blood test analyzer for babies at the neonatology clinic in Peja,” said Albion Hadri, one of the organizers. “This equipment is indispensable for taking blood samples in babies right at the incubator and not outside the clinic, which consequently saves the lives of babies,” Hadri continued.

“This year we invite all citizens to become part of the campaign by helping us in one of the ways: by distributing the online campaign with your friends in social networks, give your financial support to help babies, invite your friends to donate financial support and to join us in the end-of-the tour event. The online crowdfuning campaign is active on the latest platform in Kosovo called KosovaIdeas, via http://kosovaideas.net/campaign/detail/305 “, said Agim Bilalli, organizer and a cyclist.

Cyclists will start their journey on Friday, June 2 from Lulu’s Coffee and Wine and return on Sunday, June 4th. A closing event will be held at De Rada starting at 19:00 on Sunday evening, June 4th, involving raffle prizes, fun, music, finger food and fundraising activities.

 

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AMC reached a Cooperation Agreement with Faculty of Medicine

Prishtina, 23 May 2017-

This week, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Prshtina “Hasan Prishtina” and the Action for Mothers and Children Foundation (AMC). This agreement will allow the implementation of the student internships in all of the AMC programs for all students of the Faculty of Medicine, who have completed their exams in biostatistics, gynecology and pediatrics, as well as for students who attend their last year in midwifery school.

With the ever more complex and inclusive project development, the AMC has a constant need for interns who contribute with their knowledge, time and work in implementing the Foundation’s health programs.

These students will be trained to hold lectures at the “Women’s Health Resource Centers”; will be part of the research on the Cervical Cancer Program; participate in Statistical Analyzes of the Neonatal Transport Project; or other projects managed by AMC that are foreseen in advance.

The internship program will be held in a four month period, and at the end of the internship students will receive a Reference letter for their work and performance as well as recommendations for future work.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education – Open Discussion with Citizens

Prishtina, 18 May 2017-

Today, we held the open discussion with citizens on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). This discussion was organized by Coalition K10, a coalition comprised of ten non-governmental organizations on health and sexual and reproductive rights, supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- the Kosovo Office, and the Ministry of Health.

This event discussed the important role of CSE in preventing negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes among youth and also served as a platform for discussing gender issues and human rights. However, the purpose of this discussion was to educate youth about sexuality and the risks that come from  not educating the youth on this topic, considering that the UNFPA study shows that one out of four sexually active teenagers do not use any means of protection against Sexually Transmitted Infections  (STI), HIV, or unplanned pregnancies.

Dr. Visare Mujko-Nimani from UNFPA explained that “Kosovo, compared to other countries in the region, generally accepts the term easily. There are no legal or institutional barriers in development of the curriculum on sexual education. ”

Whereas, Prof.Dr. Ilir Begolli from the National Institute of Public Health stated that “The Institute serves as a platform for the design and implementation of educational programs on sexuality, but also as a center for capacity building.  The interest for the implementation of these programs by the students is very large, but there’s hesitation from the teachers to teach on sexuality. ”

In this discussion the representatives from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology were absent, so the discussion could not address their institutional views.

Such open discussions with citizens will continue to be organized by Coalition K10 to address sexual and reproductive health issues with citizens.

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The Coalition of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is established as a result of the cooperation between Action for Mothers and Children; Kosovo Health Foundation (KOPF); Peer Educators Network (PEN); Patients’ Rights Association in Kosovo (PRAK); Artpolis; Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN); Kosovar Center for Fighting Breast Cancer (Jeta/Vita); Health for All;  Kosovar Association for the Promotion, Advancement, and Protection of Adolescents (Shko-Pa-Msha); and the Association for Health Education and Development (AHED), and is financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- Kosovo office

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Action for Mothers and Children launches the online donation platform

Prishtina, 15 May 2017-

Today is the official launch of online payment platform which makes it possible the donations ranging from the amount of 1 Euro through the web site of Action for Mothers and Children, a service made available by ProCredit Bank in Kosovo.

ProCredit Bank has made it possible that Action for Mothers and Children through their e-commerce platform to receive donations through online payments free of charge (for free) on the amchealth.org site, for all donors and philanthropists who want to support the healthcare programs of the ‘Action for Mothers and Children’ Foundation.

“This service not only facilitates the donation procedure for our health programs, but also enables citizens to donate directly from their bank account starting from very small sums, which are very important for us,” said Mrika Aliu, Director of Mother and Child Action.

Online payment donations will bring a new culture that emphasizes the innovative banking system in Kosovo, integrating more the technology into services and offering transaction freedom at any moment, from any space (Kosovo and Diaspora), and from any platform (computer or mobile phone).

This service has been made available to individual customers, businesses and corporations, and provides all the standards and security mechanisms that provide customers with the best protection and easier way of using it.

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“Designer’s Weekend”- The event organized by Teshavesha

Prishtina, 12 May 2017-

This weekend will finds us with “Designers’ Weekend” at  ‘Zahir Pajaziti’ Square, an event organized by the Teshavesha charity store, which will be held on May 13 from 11.00 am and ends on May 14 at 15.00.

 ‘Designer’s Weekend’ is supported by Empower Private Sector and KAMA and enables the participation of local textile designers and manufacturers in an open market. In this event renowned fashion designers like Valdrin Sahiti, Vjollca Llapashtica, Enkeleida Shatrri, Teuta Matoshi, Flutra Dedinja from ZAM, Valon Osmani, Mevlyde Llugiqi, Albina Dyla, Ardita Rizvanolli, Egzon Kazagiqi, Soxey and others have donated their creations, which will be sold at symbolic prices within the open market during “Designers’ Weekend” to help mothers and children.

Teshavesha is a social enterprise founded by foundation ‘Action for Mothers and Children’ with purpose to raise funds that will support health programs and improve the lives of mothers and children in Kosovo.

The Idea for the Designer’s Weekend was born in collaboration of  Teshavesha and Adrian Berisha, and is supported by Empower Private Sector and KAMA.

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Co-operation agreement with Solidar Suisse Kosovo is signed

Prishtina, 4 May 2017-

Action for Mothers and Children today has extended the cooperation agreement with Solidar Suisse Kosova for the fourth consecutive year.

“The ongoing partnership with Solidar Suisse Kosovo is among the practical collaborations that have always proven good results in improving the health system for mothers and children and it is a pleasure to continue our cooperation this year,” said Mrika Aliu, Executive Director at the Action for Mothers and Children.

This year’s co-operation is to support the construction of the infant transport system from regional hospitals to Pristina. This project started its first implementation phase in 2016, and with the successful cooperation between the Ministry of Health, the Hospital and University Clinical Service of Kosovo, Dartmouth-Hitchckok Medical Center, and Solidar Suisse Kosova.

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Piloting the topic on positive discipline for children

Prishtina, 1 May 2017–

Today we reached the cooperative agreement between Action for Mothers and Children and the organization Save the Children, which makes it possible the integration of the positive discipline parenting curricula within the framework of Mother’s Classes (former Women’s Health Resource Centers) and other online platforms.

The objective of this agreement is piloting the topic on positive discipline for children at pre-school level in the municipality of Prishtina. Also, this agreement includes piloting of this project in some of the Mother’s Classes, classes that are run by Action for Mothers and Children.

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Drafting the strategy for K10 Coalition

Prishtina, 25 April 2017-

Over the past weekend, the K10 Coalition held the two-day workshop, the first coalition of its kind that brings together ten non-governmental organizations that advocates for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive health rights. The workshop, which was held in Durrës, lasted two days, respectively on 21 and 22 April 2017.

The purpose of this workshop was to draft a strategy plan that will define the scope and specific objectives that will guide the Coalition K10 in the medium term. Coalition K10 aims to improve the legal infrastructure, policy making and awareness and improvement of sexual and reproductive health of Kosovo citizens.

“The K10 Coalition is a relatively a new initiative, but with the strength stemming from the unification of 10 credible organizations and willing for the improvement of sexual and reproductive health in Kosovo, and we believe that the draft strategy will be a powerful guiding document for our work”, emphasized Dafina Krasniqi, Program Coordinator in Action for Mothers and Children, an organization that has the coordinating role of K10.

The Coalition of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is established as a result of the cooperation between Action for Mothers and Children; Kosovo Health Foundation (KOPF); Peer Educators Network (PEN); Patients’ Rights Association in Kosovo (PRAK); Artpolis; Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN); Kosovar Center for Fighting Breast Cancer (Jeta/Vita); Health for All;  Kosovar Association for the Promotion, Advancement, and Protection of Adolescents (Shko-Pa-Msha); and the Association for Health Education and Development (AHED), and is financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- Kosovo office.

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Tax Law on Corporate Income facilitates donations from businesses in Kosovo

Prishtina, 12 April 2017-

We are happy to share with you the news of the approval of the law no. 05 / L-029 of Taxes on Income Corporations. This draft law will determine the conditions and regulate corporate facilities in their tax obligations.

Under this law, the contributions made by taxpayers in the form of donations and sponsorships to humanitarian and medical purposes are considered as contributions in the public interest and taxpayers are provided with a discounts up to 10% in tax. As an example, if the business has a taxable income of Euro 10,000 and based on these incomes pays income tax on profit of Euro1,000. Business in question can give a donation value of Euro 1,000 (10% to Euro 10,000) and then the business pays income tax only Euro 900 (10,000 – 1,000= 9,000*10%).

This draft law regulates relations, conditions and level of financing facilities through allowed deductions for natural and legal persons, who by free will, sponsor or become donors in these particular areas of public interest, such is the humanitarian foundation “Action for Mothers and Children ‘.

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Minastrin medication arrives in Kosovo!

Prishtina, 06 April 2017-

Today, we delivered the Minastrin medication at Gynecology/Obstetrics clinic in the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, thanks to the ongoing cooperation between AmeriCares and Action for Mothers and Children.

Besides family planning, this medication is essential in regulating menstrual cycle, decreasing the risk of ovarian cysts, and also for acne treatment and responds to the needs and requests of the patients in this Clinic. The value of this donation reaches approximately $ 400,000.

“We are always pleased to respond positively to the requests and needs of Gynecology/Obstetrics Clinic and deliver this valuable medication to them,” – states Lirak Mulliqi from Action for Mothers and Children while at the delivery site.

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New Members join AMC’s Board of Trustees!

Prishtina, 5 April 2017

Action for Mothers and Children is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their Board of Trustees: Pierre Weber and Valon Xharra.

Pierre Weber has pursued a career in international development and diplomacy, including positions at the UN, the EU and with the Foreign Service of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, in which quality he headed Luxembourg’s embassy to the young Republic of Kosovo for eight years. At the end of his mandate in Kosovo, Pierre has taken the rather unusual step of requesting a sabbatical from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to devote some time to a very profound passion: music, and to work as a composer, conductor and pianist.

Originally trained in conservatories in Luxembourg and France as classical concert pianist and composer, Pierre also studied law in Strasbourg, France, and later earned a master’s degree in social psychology at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Pierre’s commitment to social progress, and particularly justice and the advancement of youth, constitutes a major part of his activities, with a very active involvement in the Ruhi Institute and the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme. Pierre is married and lives with his wife Zarrin in Pristina.

Valon Xharra is a Senior Vice President for the global risk management firm Gavin de Becker & Associates. Based in Los Angeles, Valon provides specialized crisis management consultation for Fortune 500 companies and advises them on how to manage political and operational risks. Valon is passionate about entrepreneurship and is an investor and partner in several successful businesses spanning technology, real estate, fashion retail and luxury events management. Valon served four years as a diplomatic analyst for the U.S. Department of State during the war

in Kosovo, where he provided expertise in negotiations between the U.S. Government and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Valon earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a MBA from Boston University.  He is a Fellow at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is an avid competitive runner and a passionate backer of women’s and children’s rights.

For a full list of the current Action for Mothers and Children’s Board of Trustees, please visit our website at http://amchealth.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors/

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Cardiopulmonary monitors arrive in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina

Prishtina, 28 March 2017-

Today we solemnly delivered the cardiopulmonary monitors in the Nenatology Intensive Care Unit at the Universtiy Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK). These cardiopulmonary monitors are an essential equipment for the care of newborn babies.

The monitors are connected directly to the infant body to monitor vital signs such as temperature, measure heart and breathing rates in infants and emit signals when these signs change or deteriorate.

These equipments have been very necessary for our clinic and we are very grateful for this donation. Now our babies will have the proper and necessary care” declared Dr. Shpresa Sylejmani, doctor in the Neonatology Clinic in UCC.

Dafina Krasniqi from Action for Mothers and Children, declared that “we are committed in offering our support to help babies live and we focus on providing solutions to those problems that improve the effectiveness of care delivered for our babies and are prioritized by the Clinic. It is a real pleasure to deliver these monitors today, made possible through our dedicated donors, and fulfill some of the needs of the Neonatal Clinic” – adds  Krasniqi.

The purchasing and delivery of cardiopulmonary monitors  today is made possible through support and donors of the 2016 fundraising events – “Cycle Kosovo for Children” and “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children.”

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New Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Kaçanik

Prishtina, 24 March 2017

Today, in an official ceremony the doors of the Women’s Health Resource Center opened up in the Main Family Medicine Center (MFMC) in Kacanik – an initiative made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Department of Health and Social Welfare of Kacanik,  Main Family Medicine Centre and Action for Mothers and Children.

In the opening ceremony in Kacanik, deputy minister Dr. Izet Sadiku declared that “through these centers we are informing and raising awareness of new partners in their care and preparation during and throughout the whole process of pregnancy, but also for their children. The Ministry of Health has accredited this program and is committed to continue the cooperation with Action for Mothers and Children in expanding such information centers in each municipality.” In addition, Dr. Nijazi Iliazi, the director of MFMC in Kacanik, stressed that the opening of this center will directly affect education and improving maternal and child health. He also assured that MFMC in Kacanik will guarantee the sustainability of the center so that center’s services for women and their partners will become an integrated part of the primary care.

Meanwhile, the representative of Action for Mothers and Children, Albiona Beha, declared that establishment of this Centre in Kacanik marks the 5th centre, or the 4th municipality that incorporates the educational program of the center as part of the daily services for maternal and child health. The Centre in Kacanik will provide educational services, activities of physical and mental wellbeing for women and also their partners, in a comfortable room setting designed in a colorful and warm environment.

Last year, we officially opened the Cetners in Sterpce and Mitrovica, whereas a year ago we opened the ones in Prishtina and Ferizaj. Action for Mothers and Children aims to expand such information centers for pregnant women and their partners in other municipalities in Kosovo to assist in the establishment of health education within the primary healthcare level in the country.

The opening event today was closed with a cocktail. The opening ceremony was also attended by representatives of the municipality of Kacanik. The center was made possible thanks to donations collected from the “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” event in Kosovo and “Meet Us Halfway” event in New York.

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More than 40 pathologists in the Institute of Pathology trained on cervical cytology

Prishtina, 16 March 2017-

Over a period of four days, pathologists in the Institute of Pathology in the Hospital and University Clinical Service of Kosovo, had the opportunity to undergo an intensive training organized in the scope of the National Program for Cervical Cancer Screening, which is a continuation of the cervical cancer screening pilot project implemented during 2016. The training has been accredited by the Board for Continuous Medical Education, contributing towards the medical professionals’’ relicensing.

The latter resulted with more than 1800 women screened free of charge as of this day, while Pap tests continue to be offered as a regular service in three Family Medicine Centers in Prishtina, those being the Main Family Medicine Center, Family Medicine Center No.5 and Family Medicine Center No.6. The project has additionally improved the level of cooperation among the primary and tertiary health care levels and produced action steps to ensure the continuation and sustainability of the program, with the ultimate goal of scaling it to a national screening program.

An important component of screening program is the continuous training and medical education of medical staff from all levels of health care provision. The first training was organized over last week with more than 40 pathologists and technicians in the Institute of Pathology. Under the expert and professional training and supervision of the Clinical Cytology specialist and doctor Merdita Agai Muhaxhiri, pathologists and technician had the opportunity to expand their knowledge and learn about new developments in the field of clinical gynaecology, while conducting practical demonstrations in real work environments.

Action for Mothers and Children and other implementing partners will certainly provide their continuous support in implementing and promoting the national program of cervical cancer screening as a lawful right guaranteed by the law for all women.

This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Action for Mothers and Children, 700 for Science Foundation, World Health Organization-office in Prishtina and the United Nations Population Fund-office in Prishtina.

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Donations worth 240,000 USD delivered today at the Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina and Neonatology Clinic

Prishtina, 9 March 2017-

The successful cooperation among Action for Mothers and Children and the international organization Direct Relief, as well the health care institutions such as the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, specifically the Neonatology Clinic, and the Main Family Medicine Center in Kosovo have resulted in the second donation from this donor, worth more than 240,000 USD.

“The need for medicines is inherent in all levels of health care and we consider that the sustainable cooperation with international organizations dediacted to meet the medical needs of populations in developing countries is very important”, emphasized Dafina Krasniqi, program coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

This donation, the second in turn, enabled by Direct Relief through its local partner Action for Mothers and Children, is made possible thanks to the coopration agreement signed last year which makes it possible to continously bring medicines continously for Kosovo. Action for Mother and Children will receive, maintain, distrubite and monitor donations received.

Direct Relief is a non-profit organization in USA, and works to support activities of its partners, providing essential materials and medical equipment to developing countries. Arrival of the second contingent in Kosovo is made possible thanks to donations collected from “Let’s Dance 2” event in Kosovo and “Meet US Halfway” event in New York.

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Our charity shop “Teshavesha” and AMC headquarters now in a new location!

Prishtina, 6 March 2017-
Thanks to donors’ support and the mobilization of our citizens, we are growing each and every day! We are bringing “Teshavesha” charity shop and AMC headquarters closer to you and in a bigger facility.
Starting today, Teshavesha and AMC offices are located in one building in str. “Fazli Grajqevci”, no. 271 in Prishtina, which is down the way from Dit’ e Nat’ coffee shop and library heading towards the ex-OSCE building (or in another note: behind the Main Family Medicine Center).

The charity shop “Teshavesha” continues to be open every day from 10.00-18.00 and from 12.00-16.00 on Saturdays where citizens can bring donations and buy our collections. “Teshavesha” has been opened in July 2016 from Action for Mothers and Children (AMC) as a social enterprise to support maternal and child health programs in Kosovo. In “Teshavesha” our community members have the opportunity to donate and buy clothes for men, women and children, toys, small home decorations, and accessories, which are all sold at symbolic prices to generate revenue that will support Action for Mothers and Children’s health programs. The store at the same time employs marginalized women.

In less than a year, Teshavesha has been visited by more than 400 citizens monthly and has mobilized designers, media, VIPs, private companies, and many international organizations.

Right above the store, for those interested to hear more about AMC programs and how the money from the store helps save the lives of mothers and children, have now the opportunity to do so in our new location.

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The second “Designer Week” has been concluded at charity shop Teshavesha

29 December, 2016 – Approaching New Year, under the lead of  Kosovo Apparel Marketing Association and Empower Private Sector, Kosovo philanthropic designers donated their creations as a means to give their contribution to the community. Designers of the second ‘Designer Week’ include Jetmira Bejtullahu, Lia Stublla, Krenare Rugova, Shema Sahiti, Fetije Mehmeti, Njomëza Luci, SOLID, who donated pieces of their latest collections.

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What will the obligatory health insurance cover with regards to reproductive health?

December 20, 2016 – Organized by Coalition K10 of non-governmental organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights and supported by the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA, Office in Kosovo, a round table was held today aiming to discuss the content of the basic package of the obligatory health insurance scheme, expected to be implemented starting January 2017. Citizens will contribute in funds accumulation through payment of premiums, but what service will be offered to them for a better sexual reproductive health? To what extent are the citizens informed on the period when such services will be provided?

These questions were directed in the discussion which brought together representatives from the Ministry of Health, local institutions, international organizations and civil society representatives.

Dr. Arsim Cavdarbasha, the Director of the Health Financing Agency, opened the panel’s presentation by emphasizing that every process has a difficult start, but each start is a good sign of a change sought. As a result, with the consolidation of the services for offering the Health Insurance Scheme, the quantity, quality and access to health services in Kosovo will increase, continued Dr. Cavdarbasha, not emphasizing the specific sectors that will be affected. It is expected that amendments in the Law will be done during the first quarter of year 2017, to be followed by technical interventions that should be ratified in the Assembly.

Dr. Valbon Krasniqi, Political Advisor in the Ministry of Health, asserted that the necessary measures have been taken to ensure that the mandatory Health Insurance Scheme starts implementation in January 2017. The scheme will initially enable the coverage of the list of essential medicines, which is compiled with the input of the medical staff in the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Dr. Valbon continued.

On the other hand, based on her experience in the field of sexual reproductive health and the lessons learned from numerous UNFPA experiences, Dr. Visare Mujko-Nimani valued the round table as an important undertaking, which could have been organized at an earlier period during the year. Dr. Mujko-Nimani,  expressed her concern about the health services pertaining to the pre and post-pregnancy and birth giving period. Will the basic package include preventive services such as cervical cancer screening, diabetes during pregnancy, treatment of sexually transmitted infections? Dr. Mujko-Nimani continued by sharing facts on successful mandatory health insurances around the world, which offer a wide range of medications and services for sexual reproductive health.

The skeptics shared their similar concerns emphasizing that the lack of information on the content of the basic package remains a concern for the experts present in the meeting, and recommended that comprehensive information provision to the citizens, including the medical personnel, on the content of the basic package is a necessity in order to start the collection of premiums, the mandatory health insurance scheme respectively.

The role of civil society is essential in the promotion, monitoring of citizens’ rights for easy access to information, means and methods of family planning. Coalition K10 will serve as an independent advocacy and monitoring body for the policies and laws implemented in the field of sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights. Open discussions will, thus, increase transparency and information provided to the citizens.

The Coalition K10 of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is established as a result of the cooperation between Action for Mothers and Children, Kosovo Health Foundation (KOPF), Peer Educators Network (PEN), Patients’ Rights Association in Kosovo (PRAK), Artpolis, Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), Kosovar Center for Fighting Breast Cancer (Jeta/Vita), Health for All, Kosovar Association for the Promotion, Advancement, and Protection of Adolescents (Shko-Pa-Msha), dhe the Association for Health Education and Development (AHED), and is financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Pilot project on cervical cancer screening ends successfully with over 1,500 free Pap-tests performed

14 December, 2016 – Pilot project on cervical cancer screening was launched months ago in Prishtina providing the opportunity of free examinations, or Pap-tests, for women in the Municipality of Prishtina, in three separate Family Medicine Centers. This project enables the early identification of abnormal cells in the cervix and their successful treatment. After months of dedicated work and intra-institutional cooperation, provision of free of charge Pap-tests will continue throughout next year in the three Family Medicine Centers in Prishtina.

After a successful campaign, more than 1,500 women have been screened and results available up to date show that 10.4% of the cases require further medical examination, while 0.7% of this number have a more serious diagnosis that due to timely examination, can be successfully and cost-effectively treated.

This pilot project enabled cervical cancer screening to be performed in the primary health care level for the first time, while simultaneously improving the cooperation with the tertiary health care level, namely the Institute of Pathology in the University Clinical Center of Kosovo. With the tireless work of the primary health care medical staff, 7 specialists of family medicine have been provided on-the-job training to perform Pap-tests through this pilot project.

This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Ministry of Health, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA, World Health Organization-WHO, 700 for Science Foundation and is initiated and coordinated by Action for Mothers and Children.

The Municipality of Prishtina, specifically the Department for Health and Social Welfare now ensures that free Pap-tests will continue to be offered as a regular service in the Main Family Medicine Center, Family Medicine Center No. 5 and Family Medicine Center No. 6 in Prishtina even after the end of this project.

Action for Mothers and Children and other implementing partners will certainly provide their continuous support in implementing and promoting the national program of cervical cancer screening as a lawful right guaranteed by the law for all women.

Free of charge Pap-tests continue to be offered as a regular health care service in the mentioned primary health care facilities in the Municipality of Prishtina.

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End of Year Letter

13 December 2016, Prishtina –

Dear friends,

Every day, mothers and children die due to lack of qualitative healthcare services and from diseases that are easy to cure. We at Action for Mothers and Children, along with many friends and partners, fight each day to change this. With friends and supporters like you, we are closer than ever to accomplish our goal, though the battle has not ended yet!

Today we are writing to thank you for being along our journey for all this year long and for supporting Action for Mothers and Children. As we struggle with holiday’s shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s cold weather, let us kindly be reminded that there are causes and vulnerable members around us who are worth this aggravation and an end-of-year gift. Blessed is the season that engages the whole community in acts of kindness and support, as we let another year go!

Thanks to your donations and support, the 2016 has been another exciting year at Action! Together, just as promised, we have:

  • delivered 300 vials of Survanta medication for Kosovo babies. Around 250-300 babies are saved every year as a result of Survanta medication which is vital in developing lungs for premature babies;
  • delivered 5 phototherapy lamps to the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit which are essential in treating jaundice in children;
  • delivered essential medications worth of $150,000 to the Gynecology and Neonatology Clinics in the University Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK);
  • have initiated the system of screening for retinopathy in premature babies for the first time in Kosovo, known as ROP Screening, which enables early diagnosis and helps prevent blindness in children;
  • set up our 4th and 5th Women’s Health Resource Centers in Shterpce and Mitrovica where women receive unrestricted access to essential information about their pregnancy, labor and delivery, and newborn care, in their own language, which they would otherwise not have access to;
  • established the first second-hand charity shop in Prishtina – Teshavesha – which mobilizes community members to collect and donate unused items, sells them to support mothers and children of Kosovo and employs marginalized women;
  • initiated the cervical cancer screening program in Prishtina municipality for the first time which provides free Pap-tests for women. 1700 women have benefited from free testing on cervical cancer this year alone;
  • launched the first online platform, beba-ks.com, which provides evidence-based health information for women and their families;
  • established the K10 Coalition of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights, being the first Coalition of its kind that gathers ten non-governmental organizations in a single body advocating for better reproductive health in Kosovo;

These achievements are all a result of your support and prove once again that humanitarian foundations cannot stand alone.

This year’s fundraising efforts of Cycle Kosovo for Children, Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children, Teshavesha and Meet Us Halfway make it possible for Action to continue its mission to save the lives of mothers and children in the Republic of Kosovo. In 2017 we will:

  • Deliver the next set of Survanta medication to cover the national need for premature babies who need surfactant;
  • Deliver cardio-pulmonary monitors to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which enable the continuous monitoring of heart activity to detect and track any abnormalities in baby’s heart as well as other medical supplies and equipment for maternity wards around Kosovo;
  • Start the transportation of babies from regional hospitals to Prishtina for the first time in Kosovo. Up to date, parents deliver babies for advanced treatment using their private cars, due to lack of a neonatal referral system and makes it difficult for many babies to survive;
  • Continue providing and expanding free services of Women’s Health Resource Center so that more women have access to evidence-based information as well as extend the digital services of these centers which are proving to help mother deliver healthier babies;
  • Expand our cervical cancer screening program in primary care centers and increase the number of women benefiting from free Pap-tests, while advocating on setting up the national cervical cancer screening program in Kosovo;
  • Translate our research on birth characteristics in Kosovo into quality improvement programs and patient empowerment strategies towards improving the care delivered for mothers and children as well as addressing the national trend of Caesarean section rapid increase;
  • Advocate for reproductive health services and rights through Coalition K10, a unified group of 10 stakeholders of the common goal;
  • Bring you creative annual fundraising activities, such as, Cycle Kosovo for Children, Let’s Dance, Teshavesha, and Meet Us Halfway (Diaspora Event) where we can all together save the lives of mothers and children in Kosovo and continue to do good.

Your end-of-year gift today supports everything from Survanta medication delivery to complex cervical cancer screening, important neonatal transportation, the much-needed health resource centers and up to advocacy efforts on promoting qualitative healthcare as a right for Kosovo’s mothers and children!

Our team believes that every mother and child has a right to a healthy life, no matter where they live or what means they have. We believe that healthcare is a basic human right. And all our stakeholders work together to promote this right.

Our foundation is dedicated to the process of saving the lives of mothers and children in Kosovo, but we cannot do it without your support!

Give your end-of-year gift! Donate Now.

Thank you and warm wishes for the holiday season!

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Action for Mothers and Children Delivers Lifesaving Medication to the University Clinical Center of Kosovo’s Neonatology Clinic

7 December, 2016 – More than 200 vials of Survanta medication were delivered today to the University Clinical Center of Kosovo’s Neonatology Clinic, in the amount of more than $130,000.00. This donation is granted through the successful and continuous cooperation among ‘Action for Mothers for Children’ and the international relief and development organization Americares as continuation of the long-standing cooperation with the Neonatology Clinic. This donation covers the national need for year 2017.

Infants who experience respiratory distress lack sufficient amounts of surfactant – the liquid coats inside the lungs. Babies usually don’t start producing surfactant until a few weeks after they are born. Thus, Survanta is vital for prevention and treatment of RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and reduces the infant mortality rate. Over the past 10 years, the Survanta donations have saved the lives of 1,000 premature, low-weight babies in Kosovo. Americares, the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, distributes the medication through its Access to Medicine program.

“We are pleased to provide another year’s supply of Survanta to help premature newborns,” states Albiona Beha from Action for Mothers and Children at the delivery site.

This lifesaving medication is donated by Americares and AbbVie in the USA in partnership with Action for Mothers and Children. Its arrival in Kosovo is made possible by 2016 fundraising events, such as Let’s Dance 2 in Prishtina, Kosovo, and Meet Us Halfway in New York, USA.

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AMC signs agreement with IPKO Foundation as recipient of their Sponsorship Program in the amount of 500 Euro

6 December, 2016 – Action for Mothers and Children signs agreement with IPKO Foundation as the  grant recipient of their Sponsorship Program. IPKO Foundation will support the development of the existing mobile application for pregnant women and baby tracker in the amount of 500 Euro.

This application, currently in-development by AMC, is the first of its kind in Albanian language and in Kosovo. The mobile app offers a user-friendly source of information that is free to use. The grant received from IF will help develop features that will complete this app in entirety and offer a bigger variety of information that can better accompany mothers during their pregnancies.

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Dr. Geroge A. Little is presented The Virginia Apgar Award

We congratulate Dr. George A. Little on being presented with The Virginia Apgar Award at #NCE2016! This award is the highest recognition in neonatal perinatal medicine and is given to individuals whose career has had a continuing influence on the well-being of newborn infants.

Dr. Little. Board Member at Action for Mothers and Children, has dedicated his time and expertise to ensure that all newborns, everywhere, have access to high quality healthcare they deserve and need to survive and grow healthy!

Dr. Little is emeritus professor of pediatrics and emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Children’s Hospital. A neonatology pioneer who set up one of the first neonatal intensive care units, he co-founded the Vermont/New Hampshire Regional Perinatal Program. – AAP News.

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K10 – the Coalition of non-governmental organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is launched

Pristina, 10 November, 2016 – In an official ceremony today, K10 Coalition for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is launched, being the first Coalition of its kind that gathered ten non-governmental organizations in a single body.

K10 Coalition, which is coordinated by Action for Mothers and Children, aims to monitor and advance the policies, legal infrastructure and increase awareness on sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights in Kosovo through consistent advocacy work, based on evidence and through mobilization of the civil society in a single Coalition that will advocate for increased governmental focus on reproductive health, including advocating for offering these services as part of the basic package of services within the health insurance scheme.

“Action for Mothers and Children prioritizes the improvement of sexual reproductive health, and in this way, better healthcare for mothers and children. K10 Coalition will serve as an advocacy body that will independently monitor policies and laws implemented in the field of reproductive health,” declared Dafina Krasniqi, Program Coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections, and when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby.

“K10 Coalition will support and facilitate the initiatives of its member organizations, including strategic communication, cooperation and collective advocacy for policies for the wellbeing of women, youngsters and the entire Kosovar community to promote inclusiveness,” added Dr. Visare Mujko-Nimani from the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA, Kosovo Office.

This project is financed by the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA, Kosovo Office, and is supported by the Ministry of Health.

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AMC is awarded a grant of 3,995 Eur from Kosova Women’s Fund

On November 10, a media conference organized by Kosova Women’s Network officially announced the grant recipients of the Kosova Women’s Fund, among which ‘Action for Mothers and Children’ is also a grant beneficiary for the amount of 3,995 Eur. 

Through this grant, we aim to advocate for strengthening of the existing Women’s Health Resource Centers by expanding the curricula to cover the post-natal depression subject, so that women can have more information on healthcare during and after pregnancy; train the Center’s staff on this new subject, develop educational and promotional videos, as well as establish an agreement in institutional level to revise the Pregnancy Notebook, that is used in healthcare institutions, by adding information on WHRCs.

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Action for Mothers and Children raises $44,630 in New York

New York, 06 November 2016- Foundation ‘Action for Mothers and Children’ (AMC) from Pristina, Kosovo, held its Fundraiser in the United States, at the Russian Tea Room, New York, on November 2, 2016, starting from 17:30 – 19:30.

Many supporters of AMC’s work gathered to make this evening a success. With over 100 guests in attendance, people from business, culture, politics and the arts, the event highlights were the speeches delivered by Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Dua Lipa, singer, songwriter and patron of ‘Sunny Hill’ Foundation. Both our speakers spoke about the importance of building new relations between the philanthropic community of Kosovo and the United States, and help encourage fundraising towards lowering child and maternal mortality rates in Kosovo. Distinguished guests included Albert Stanaj, Gezim Nika, and other honorable guests.

By the end of the event, many guests supported the cause and donated at the two-hour reception. Co-Chairs of the Fundraiser include personalities from both Kosovo and the States, such as: Richard Lukaj, Bekim Ahmetaj, James C. Strickler, Michael Gold, Haki Abazi and Fadil Berisha. The Consulate of Kosovo in New York and the Embassy of Kosovo in the United States have provided their support early on and endorsed the event, helping introduce the work of AMC to the philanthropic community in New York and beyond.

The success of the evening would not have been possible without support benefactors like the Lukaj Foundation, Doro Group Restaurant, Russian Tea Room, Dr. James C. Strickler, Harry Bajraktari, Fadil Berisha and many others who have helped this evening become a reality.

The evening concluded on a positive note, promising our new friends that the raised funding will make a difference in the lives of mothers and children in Kosovo.

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More than 1,000 free Pap-tests performed in the scope of the pilot project for cervical cancer screening

The pilot project for cervical cancer screening continues to be implemented successfully as the first pilot project of its kind in the level of the primary health care, in the Municipality of Prishtina. Since its launch in July, this project enabled the free screening of more than 1000 women in three family medicine centers in Prishtina, specifically in the Main Family Medicine Center in Qafa, Family Medicine Center 5 in Ulpiane, and Family Medicine Center 5 in Bregu i Diellit.

This success stems from the increased interest of women to perform Pap-tests and the vigorous work of the medical staff in the Centers and the Institute of Pathology at the UCCK.

In continuity of its implementation, all women in the Municipality of Prishtina are invited to do their Pap-smears for free. Promotional materials with information on testing centers and schedules are distributed in all Family Medicine Centers, while interest women can also refer to the informative video on social media.

This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Action for Mothers and Children, 700 for Science Foundation, World Health Organization-office in Prishtina and the United Nations Population Fund-office in Prishtina.

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Action for mothers and children delivers medications worth 150,000 USD to University Clinical Center of Kosovo

The cooperation agreement signed between Action for Mother and Children and Direct Relief months ago, and Ministry of Health,  made possible to deliver essential medicaments worth 150,000 USD, in Clinic of Gynecology and Neonatology in University Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK) on November 24, 2016.

Our foundation has reached agreement with “Direct Relief” organization, to support with medicaments and medical equipment in hospitals throughout Kosovo, which provide services for mother and children. Delivery and acceptance of first donation worth 150.000 USD, made today in central pharmacy magazine in UCCK. “We Hope this will be the first of more donations, expecting to come in future in Kosovo”, said Albiona Beha, from Action for Mother and Children (AMC).

Cooperation agreement between AMC and Direct Relief provides, that the latter, will give the medical equipment donation, including medicines consistently for Kosovo. Action for Mother and Children will provide acceptance, maintenance, preservation and distribution of donation received.

“The help that is coming from Action for Mother and Children, is to be appreciated and we are very grateful to foundation and all its partners,” declared Dr. Myrvete Pacarada, director of Gynecology and Neonatology Clinic in UCCK.

Direct Relief is a non-profit organization in USA, and works to support activities of its partners, providing essential materials and medical equipment to developing countries. Arrival of this first contingent in Kosovo, made possible thanks to donations collated from the event “Let’s dance for Mother and Children”.

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Coalition K10 strengthens structure and defines main objectives of its advocacy work for year 2017

Prishtina, 7 October 2016-

On September 30 and October 1, K10 Coalition conducted a two-day workshop with the aim of regulating the internal organizational and decision making structure and to establish the working plan for the next year.

The attendees of the workshop that was organized Action for Mothers and Children were the representatives from the member organizations in the Coalition, who also constitute the Members Assembly. This workshop enabled the development of the discussions based on the experience of various organizations to identify key areas and objectives where the Coalition can successfully carry out advocacy work. During the meetings held, the Members Assembly voted on and selected the Chair of Board and Board members of the Coalition, and created a draft work plan for the work of advocacy objectives for 2017. Besides the valuable contribution of the members of the Coalition, the creation of the draft work plan was achieved through an interactive process facilitated by professionals in the field of reproductive and sexual health and advocacy work, namely Dr. Edona Deva and Dr. Lulzim Cela.

The Coalition of organizations for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights is a project funded by the Fund for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Women’s Health Resource Center receives new donations

Prishtina, 5 October 2016-
Rugove Corporate continues its contributions in support of the programs developed and implemented by Action for Mothers and Children. Starting from September, Rugove has begun donating bottled water to the Women’s Health Resource Center located in the Gynecology/Obstetrics Clinic in the University Clinical Center of Kosovo. This donation will be made on monthly basis and aims at helping women, girls, and all visitors of the Center during their counseling sessions by offering fresh drinking water.
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Australian Embassy in Vienna continues to support the Foundation’s educational programs

Prishtina, 4 October 2016-

With the successful launch of the long-awaited website, first of its kind in Kosovo, Beba-ks, we are happy to announce that the projects carried out by Action for Mothers and Children continue to receive donor support. The Australian Embassy in Vienna and Action for Mothers and Children have signed the agreement for the second phase of the development of the educational program in the online platform. This agreement represents a continuation of the previous financial support received by the Australian Embassy, which resulted in the opening of a new Women’s Health Resource Center.

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The online educational platform BEBA-KS is launched

Prishtina, 30 September 2016-

As part of our goals to extend the services of our Women’s Health Resource Centers, we are proud to launch the evidence-based online platform accessible in three languages for mothers, fathers and family members in Kosovo.

Girl or boy: who or what decides?; Is breastfeeding meant to hurt?; How to be a super dad? – are just few of a lot of interesting questions and important information you can find in Beba-ks.com.

In this online platform you can find tools and resources for breastfeeding techniques, birth delivery techniques, contraction timer, relief methods, prenatal tests, immunizations guide and a lot of videos on physical exercises during pregnancy without questioning the credibility of the information read.

At Beba-ks we give you the facts so you can make the right choices for you and your family. You won’t read opinion or rumor here, only the latest in evidence-based information taken from leading sources around the world and in Kosovo. Beba-ks is the only website of its kind, offering advice in three languages, and tailored to your experience in Kosovo. Our mission is to help you have the best pregnancy, childbirth and new parenting experience possible, and in the process we hope this helps to save lives.

Access to evidence-based information is an important factor towards quality improvement in healthcare and reducing maternal and child mortality rates. Kosovo continues to have high maternal and child mortality rates.

We invite you to visit our platform at www.beba-ks.com and help us share the news with your friends!

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The Charity Shop “Teshavesha” re-opens in a permanent location and brings the “Designers’ Week”

Prishtina, 27 September 2016 –

The charity shop “Teshavesha” re-opens in a permanent location and brings the “Designers’ Week” starting today. The store is now permanently located in Nazim Gafurri street, on the way to Germia park, where Lalloshi Couture used to be.

“After two months of successful pilot operation during the summer, we are moving into a bigger and permanent location and bringing new collections. The encouraging support from our community members who kept donating and buying at our store, made us move into this bigger space and bring interesting activities for our clients,” says Janine Mehmeti, fundraising and event coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

Supported by well known fashion designers as Besë, Drenusha Xharra, Yllka Brada and Menakon, Teshavesha is hosting the “Designers’ Week” upon re-opening. During this week our designer friends have donated their collections to be sold at symbolic prices in our store. Such an idea, developed by Arta Istrefi and Linda Baleta from Empower Private Sector, will continuously support our store increase sales.

The charity shop “Teshavesha” is open every day from 10.00-18.00 and from 12.00-16.00 on Saturdays where citizens can visit and bring donations, buy our collections and participate in our Designers’ Week.

The second hand charity shop “Teshavesha” has been opened in July this year from Action for Mothers and Children. In this charity shop, our community members have the opportunity to donate clothes for men, women and children, toys, small home decorations, and accessories which will be sold at symbolic prices and generate revenue that will support Action for Mothers and Children’s programs. The store at the same time employs marginalized women.

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Let’s Dance Event raises Eur 32,175 for mothers and children

Prishtina, 24 September 2016-

For the second year in a row, Action for Mothers and Children brought together over 400 people in the fundraising event “Let’s Dance”, which took place at Sheshi 21. The event, which is already a tradition, raises funds for health-care services benefiting mothers and children in Kosovo.

The amount raised this year through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales reached €32,175, making this a sensational success, surpassing at large the €24,000 raised in December 2015. Most importantly, the funds raised will go to the programs and services dedicated to mothers and children by making it possible for AMC to supply medications and medical equipment for hospitals, support the national program on neonatal transportation and expand the services of Women’s Health Resource Center which all contribute towards lowering maternal and child mortality rates in Kosovo.

“We are humbled by the generosity of our growing number of friends who have contributed to making “Let’s Dance” such a successful joint effort of showing support to mothers and children who face health-related challenges,” says Mrika Aliu, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“It is a real pleasure to see so many people supporting such a good cause as mothers and children of Kosovo. We thank all sponsors and those who purchased tickets to make the Let’s Dance 2 such a big success,” says Michael Gold, Executive Director at Crimson Capital who is also a co-organizer.

The fundraising dance event was supported through sponsorships by: Crimson Capital (platinum sponsor), Banka Ekonomike, Banka për Biznes, NLB Banka, and Bechtel Enka (gold sponsors), Roche, Vitaminka, KEP Trust, 3CIS, Komot, Solidar Suisse, and Cacttus (silver sponsors) and FINCA, AmCham Kosovo, AmCham Arbitration Center, American School of Kosovo, Universum, International Development Ireland, International Finance Corporation, Meridian, ProCredit Bank and Sharrcem (bronze sponsors). The event offered a wonderful atmosphere thanks to the in-kind sponsors: Perla Events, VM3, Bllok.org, Umami, Hambar, Trosha, Edona 5, Stone Castle, Sefa Wine, Birra Prishtina, Birra Sabaja, Frutomania & Karl Gega, Rugove, Agna Group, Translation Center, Lulishtja Labi, Reks Balloons, Sweet Vesa, studio Angel. We thank String String, Florent Abrashi, Nita Latifi and Adrian Berisha for the music.

The Let’s Dance event was organized by Action for Mothers and Children and Crimson Capital and with support from RTV Dukagjini.

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“Let’s dance for mothers and children” event comes again in Kosovo!

Prishtina, 13 September 2016-

Under the motto that is already known to all, we’re organizing the annual fundraising event “Let’s Dance” for the second year in a row to be held on September 22, Square 21 in Pristina, starting at 20:00.

Funds raised from this event will fund health programs in gynecological/obstetric clinics, neonatal intensive care units and pediatric clinics taking care of children suffering from leukemia, heart disease, asthma and other diseases.

Last year, this event raised over € 24,000 from company sponsorships and ticket sales. “Thanks to the funds raised from the evening of Let’s Dance 1, hospitals and health care centers in Kosovo have more resources to treat babies born prematurely or suffering from serious diseases, as well as mothers at risk,” says Mrika Aliu, Executive Director of “Action for Mothers and Children.”

The support from last year helped us realize so many activities this year including that of delivery of 300 vials of surfactant, an essential medication that helps premature babies develop lungs and breathe, deliver 5 photo-lamps for jaundice treatment in babies, and open two addition women’s health resource centers in Mitrovica and Sterpce so that more women can have access to evidence-based counseling.

“This year, we aim to raise more funds to expand our support to maternal and child health facilities,” continues Ms. Aliu. The plan for this year is to provide cardiopulmonary monitors used to measure breathing in babies, continue delivery of surfactant and many other medications needed to save children, to provide equipment for the transport system of newborns, as well as expand women’s health resource centers.

“We invite you all to join us. The Let’s Dance evening is held on September 22, Square 21, starting from 20:00. The price of entry is € 30 per person and includes drinks, food and music performance from String String, Gamblemania and other artists. The money collected from tickets will directly support our programs, as event expenses are covered in-kind,” says Ms. Aliu.

The organization is supported by numerous sponsors. Crimson Capital is the platinum sponsor and co-organizer of the event. Gold sponsors are BPB, Banka Ekonomike, NLB Prishtina and Bechtel Enka. Silver sponsors are Hoffman La Roche, Komot Pharm, 3CIS, Kep Trust and Solidar Suisse Kosovo. Bronze sponsors are Finca Kosovo, American School of Kosova and International Development Ireland. Media sponsor and supporter of the event is Radio Dukagjini.

Other sponsors of the event are: Stone Castle, Sefa Wine, Perla Events, Bllok.org, VM3, Birra Prishtina, Birra Sabaja, Rugove, Edona 5, Translation Center, Agna Group, Hambar, Umami, Trosha and Frutomania.

Tickets can be purchased at: Bon Vivant, Soma Book Station, Jete o Jete, Babaganoush, Radio Dukagjini, RTC Consulting, Gym, Mezzeria, Morena Bar, Ethno’s, Prince Coffee House or directly at the offices of Action for Mothers and Children.

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Trainings organized for capacity building for Coalition K10 successfully completed

Prishtina, 9 September 2016-

Past week, trainings organized with the aim of capacity building for advocacy for the civil society organizations, member of the Coalition for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights, have been successfully completed. The training package included five (5) trainings, organized in the period 18 August – 7 September, with various topics that aim at capacity building for members of the Coalition on topics covered. These include an introduction to reproductive health and reproductive health rights, current situation in Kosovo, advocacy strategies, research methods, and effective communication means to transmit the message and change policies and legal framework.

The training package has been determined based on the professional assessment of the members of the coalition and their experience in advocacy in the field of reproductive health.

Action for Mothers and Children, in the capacity of the Coalition Coordinator and organizer of trainings, considers that trainings have focused on topics that will be essential during planning of the activities of the Coalition with the purpose of increasing awareness and improving the legal framework and policies related to reproductive health and reproductive health rights. Trainers were individuals with experience in the topics they covered and were able to initiate discussions and experience sharing sessions among members.

The Coalition of organizations for sexual reproductive health and reproductive rights is established as a result of the cooperation between Action for Mothers and Children, Kosovo Health Foundation (KOPF), Peer Educators Network (PEN), Patients’ Rights Association in Kosovo (PRAK), Artpolis, Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), Kosovar Center for Fighting Breast Cancer (Jeta/Vita), Health for All, Kosovar Association for the Promotion, Advancement, and Protection of Adolescents (Shko-Pa-Msha), dhe the Association for Health Education and Development (AHED), and is financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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The pilot project on cervical cancer screening continues to be succesfully implemented in the Municipality of Prishtina

Prishtina, 23 August 2016-

The pilot project providing free Pap-smears for cervical cancer screening continues to be successfully implemented in the Municipality of Prishtina. Since the launch of this pilot project in July, more than 120 women have been screened and had their Pap-smears in one of the three Family Medicine Centers in Prishtina.

This pilot project targets screening 2,000 women of ages 25 to 50 years old until 30 November 2016. This pilot phase represents a great opportunity for early detection and prevention of cervical cancer, which is the second most common type of cancer among women. Screening allows for early detection of abnormal cells and as a result, their successful treatment.

In continuity of its implementation, all women in the Municipality of Prishtina are invited to do their Pap-smears for free in the Main Family Medicine Center at Qafa, in Family Medicine Center 5 in Ulpiana, and in Family Medicine Center 6 at Bregu in Diellit.

The promotional video inviting for free Pap-smears has also been launched and distributed through media and social networks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbzQQXBls64

This pilot project is the first of its kind in Kosovo and is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Action for Mothers and Children, 700 for Science Foundation, World Health Organization-office in Prishtina and the United Nations Population Fund-office in Prishtina.

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The educational program taught at our Women’s Health Resource Centers is accredited by the Ministry of Health

Prishtina, 12 August 2016-

The training program that is taught at our Women’s Health Resource Centers receives accreditation points from the Board for Continuous Medical Education at the Ministry of Health. This achievement is a result of excellent cooperation between Women’s Health Resource Centers, The Development Center for Primary Care, and the Family Medicine Centers where our resource centers operate.

As a result of this accreditation, the personnel at primary care facilities, who at the same time work at our Women’s Health Resource Centers, will receive 15 credit points that is counted towards their credit requirements for re-licensing in the Ministry of Health and are certified to teach the program at our Women’s Health Resource Centers.

Women’s Health Resource Center is a program initiated by the Action for Mothers and Children in 2014 and aims at offering free evidence-based information to women and their partners on antenatal and postnatal care. At these Centers, group and individual counseling is offered in a bright, colorful, comfortable and private room. Participants are offered practical education on nutrition, pregnancy phases, preparing for labor, the delivery process, physical exercises, newborn care and breastfeeding. Posters, props and videos complement the hands-on learning, which uses exercises, games and role-play to better convey information. Participants receive take-home material on the topic discussed and are offered a follow-up contact with the Center midwife. Those Centers also aim to empower the patients and healthcare providers towards shared decision making and patient-centered care.

Women’s Health Resource Centers exist in 5 locations in Kosovo as of today. Action for Mothers and Children has also launched today the video campaign for those important centers.  See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLEnFFd9yVg

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Memorandum of Understanding signed with Direct Relief for medical material donations

Prishtina, 1 August 2016-

Action for Mothers and Children has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Direct Relief in support of efforts to provide essential medical material and medications. Direct Relief is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, based in the State of California – USA, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people. Direct Relief works to strengthen the efforts of its partners through the provision of resources, including financial, technical, and essential medical material and shares a common concern with Action for Mothers and Children for the health and welfare of the population in Kosovo.

This agreement regulates the collaboration between AMC and Direct Relief, whereby Direct Relief will provide donations of medical materials, including but not limited to medications, on ongoing basis. Action for Mothers and Children will ensure the receipt, safe storage and distribution process of the received materials. This collaboration is effective as of July 2016 and is of high importance in our efforts to assist family medicine centers and the hospital with medications and other medical materials that prevent and treat diseases and to enable the delivery of quality health services for mothers and children.

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Bank Street Charity Invitational raises nearly $10,000 for mothers and children in Kosovo

Prishtina, 18 July 2016-

Bank Street Group, a leading investment banking firm serving the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, hosted the Second Annual Bank Street Charity Invitational at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT last month. As the title sponsor, Bank Street, along with co-sponsors backed several teams who each played for the benefit of their selected charities.

“The Bank Street Charity Invitational was sponsored in the longstanding tradition at Bank Street, where every member of our team is expected not only to be a leader in the industry sectors we compete in but also in our broader global community,” said Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director of Bank Street Group and Board Member at Action for Mothers and Children.

Proceeds from the Bank Street Charity Invitational will benefit nearly two dozen charities, among which also Action for Mothers and Children in Kosovo. “It was an honor and pleasure to support a great foundation which helps advance health services and care for mothers and children in a developing part of the world.  We were fortunate to have an opportunity to gather at a wonderful venue to raise awareness of impactful foundations such as AMC,” says Bekim Ahmetaj, AMC board member and golf-player for AMC.

To learn more about the Bank Street Charity Invitational, please visit www.bankstreetinvitational.com.

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Second hand charity shop for Action for Mothers and Children now open

Prishtina, 12 July 2016-

In an official ceremony, Action for Mothers and Children opened the second hand charity shop “Teshavesha” in Prishtina.

The shop has mobilized citizens, artists, companies, and other organizations to collect second hand items and donate them to our store which are sold at very affordable prices to generate money for maternal and child health programs in Kosovo. Such initative received tremendous support from citizens, well known designers as Agensa Vuthaj, Egzon Kazagiqi, as well as many institutional partners such as SCAAK, American School of Kosova, VM3 and Origano balloons.

“Dearest parents out there, we now have an excellent opportunity to contribute to this store together with our children. Let us also use this initiative to create some tiny important habits for our children to become responsible community members. We are happier when we see our community service habits being developed in our children. We are happier when we are part of a great cause,” states Ardiana Bunjaku, Chair of the Board.

“The charity shop ‘Teshavesha’ employs marginalized women, sells brand known clothing for men, women and children at very low prices and supports mothers and children, all at the same time, in one shot,” declares Janine Mehmeti, the fundraising and event coordinator at Action for Mothers and Children.

In this charity shop, our community members have the opportunity to donate clothes for men, women and children, toys, small home decorations, and accessories which will be sold at symbolic prices and generate revenue that will support Action for Mothers and Children’s programs. The store is located behind Zahir Pajaziti boulevard (at SCAAK’s offices) and is opened every day from 10.00-19.00. While the item collection points will be at SCAAK’s offices, American School of Kosova (ASK) and Action for Mothers and Children’s main offices.

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The Pilot Project on Cervical Cancer Screening is launched in the Municipality of Prishtina

Prishtina, 6 July 2016-

In an official ceremony today, the pilot project on Cervical Cancer Screening in the Municipality of Prishtina is launched for the first time in Kosovo. Today’s event presented the pilot project on cervical cancer screening in Prishtina, which is part of the national program for cancer control. This project introduces the cervical cancer screening as a new service within primary care centers in Prishtina and aims to have this municipality become the success story for setting up the cervical cancer screening program nation-wide throughout other municipalities in Kosovo.

Today’s event was oppened by Dr. Izet Sadiku, the Deputy Minister of Health who guaranteed that the Ministry will support this whole project as foreseen by the strategy of the National Board for Cancer Control and promised that his institution will provide sustainable funding to disposable materials related to the project after its pilot phase.

“During the pilot phase approximately 2000 women aged 25-50 and living in Prishtina will be screened, the capacities among family doctors will be built so that screening is offered within the primary care centers, and the procedural protocols that regulate the multidisciplinary work between the primary and tertiary care levels will be established,” stated Dr. Arben Vitia, the Director for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina. “Setting up an efficient and qualitative cervical cancer screening program is a basic patient right, is guaranteed under the Law on Reproductive Health, and is also planned by the National Program for Cancer Control,” declared prof.dr. Suzana Manxhuka-Kerliu, dean and president of National Board for Cancer Control.

While appreciating the initators and supporters of this project, Dr. Ramadan Sopa ended his speach on behalf of the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, re-emphasizing the importance of screening for cervical cancer when it is still the second most common cancer in women. “Women living in Prishtina now have the opportunity to do Pap-tests for free in the Main Family Medicine Center, Family Medicine Center number 5 and Family Medicine Center number 6. All the educational materials are already in the primary care centers around Prishtina where women can get more details on how to set appointments,” adds Mrika Aliu, Executive Director at Action for Mothers and Children.

Screening for cervical cancer helps early detection of pre-cancerous cells and is evidenced to be effective in preventing cervical cancer in many countries around the globe when done efficiently.


This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Ministry of Health, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, and is supported by the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA, the World Health Organization-WHO, 700 for Science Foundation and Action for Mothers and Children.

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The memorandum of cooperation to set up the cervical cancer screening program within the Municipality of Prishtina is signed

This memorandum of cooperation enables the pilot of cervical cancer screening program within Municipality of Prishtina, as part of the National Program for Cancer Control in Kosovo  

Prishtina, 10 June 2016-

We are happy to announce that we have signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Municipality of Prishtina – department for health and social welfare and the University Clinical Center of Kosovo to pilot the cervical cancer screening program. This cooperation supports the introduction of screening for cervical cancer as a new service within primary care in Prishtina and aims to have this municipality as a case study to set up the cervical cancer screening program nation-wide throughout other municipalities in Kosovo.

With the current pilot approximately 2000 living in Prishtina women will be screened, the capacities among family doctors will be built so that the service integrated  within the primary care, and the procedural protocol will be established that defines the system of cooperation between the primary and tertiary care levels (considering the Institute of Pathology in UCCK is the only cytological laboratory in Kosovo). The campaign calling to join free screening will be launched in the following days.

On top of introducing cervical cancer screening as a new service within primary care, partners involved aim to create policy discussions advocating for a nation-wide cervical cancer screening program in Kosovo, in line with the National Program for Cancer Control.

The cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Screening for cervical cancer helps early detection of pre-cancerous cells and is evidenced to be effective in preventing cervical cancer in many countries around the globe.

This pilot project is a result of the cooperation between the Department for Health and Social Welfare in Municipality of Prishtina, National Board for Cancer Control, Main Family Medicine Center in Prishtina, Institute of Pathology at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Action for Mothers and Children, 700 for Science Foundation, World Health Organization-office in Prishtina and the United Nations Population Fund-office in Prishtina.

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AMC and UNMIK sign the second grant agreement to develop the online platform of Women’s Health Resource Center

Prishtina, 9 June 2016-

After a successful cooperation in setting up the Women’s Health Resource Center in Sterpce, UNMIK support AMC to develop the online platform of the Women’s Health Resource Center. Those Centers bring together women from all ethnic and social backgrounds to share in basic life-saving education for free at the community level. These centers provide group and individual counseling on antenatal and postnatal care for women and their partners.

The online platform of the center will come soon in three languages providing evidence-based information on pregnancy, newborn care, breastfeeding, daddy’s toolkits, videos and a lot more! This platform will help you all get hands-on learning, providing evidence-based information.

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Cycle Kosovo for Children raises Eur 13,179.80 for mothers and children

Prishtina, 8 June 2016-

After 3 days of cycling around Kosovo, the cyclists returned back in Prishtina this past Sunday where they were welcomed by their family and friends. In the morning of June 3rd, a group of around 30 cyclists started their 3-day cycling tour around Kosovo for a total distance of 500km for the third year now. This cycling event is a charity event to raise funds for mothers and children in Kosovo.

This year’s event managed to raise Eur 13,179.80 through corporate sponsorships, individual online contributions and the raffle prizes during the end of event fundraiser held last Sunday at Beer Garden in Prishtina. The online contributions will continue to be accepted for another two weeks.

Albion Hadri, cyclist and one of the organizers, says “We closed the Cycle Kosovo for Children as a very successful event this year too. Although we were tired cycling this whole distance around Kosovo, the cause for which we were pedaling was stronger. All the cyclists got back safe and we all did it successfully.”

Cycle Kosovo for Children is a three-day cycle ride around Kosovo to raise money for Action for Mothers and Children in support of its supply programs for the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit at the main hospital in Prishtina.

“Action for Mothers and Children could not exist without its friends and supporters, like cyclists. We are very grateful to organizers and all the cyclists. The money raised this year aims to purchase cardiopulmonary monitors for maternity ward that tracks the baby’s heart and breathing rates. This for sure helps improve the efficiency of care delivered for premature babies,” states Mrika Aliu, the executive director at Action for Mothers and Children.

The event has been successfully run both in 2014 and 2015 and is growing every year. The money raised in 2014 managed to secure the CRP/CBC equipment for Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina, which allows the staff to conduct blood analysis at baby’s bedside, instead of labs outside the clinic. The 2015 event managed to secure phototherapy lamps, which are essential in treating jaundice in children. This annual event is an initiative of two international cyclists living in Kosovo and was supported by Eulex, Kosovo Police and sponsored by Devolli Corporation, Astes Turkey, Rugove, BpB, Shtepiaku, On Line Studio, MoneyGram, UniProject, European Auto Care, Entermedia, VM3, and Beer Garden.

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More than 30 nurses and midwifes benefit from the professional training and exchange of experiences with Georgia

Prishtina, 6 June 6 2016-

We are happy to announce a successful ending of the professional training and workshop with the expert from Georgia on the importance of patient empowerment and communication through Women’s Health Resource Centers for all the nurses, midwifes and family doctors engaged in those centers.

“Georgia and Kosovo share similar health systems and challenges to its maternal and newborn health outcomes. Quality improvement initiatives, including the creation of Women’s Health Resource Centers, have led to dramatic improvements in survival rates for mothers and their babies in Georgia, all this as a result of facilitating the patient-doctor communication and patient empowerment” – says Dr. Tinatin Gagua, visiting Asst. Professor from Georgia.

In this professional training, hosted by Action for Mothers and Children, approximately 30 nurses, midwifes and family doctors from Prishtina, Ferizaj, Sterpce, Mitrovica (where current women’s health resource centers exist) , as well as Gjilan, Obiliq, Prizren and Kacanik (where the new women’s health resource centers are being planned to be open) have participated. Dr. Tinatin addressed the medical community from UCCK, regional hospitals, family medicine centers around Kosovo as well as medical students in the Telemedicine Center of Kosova with the lecture “Pathway to Improving Maternal & Newborn Health: Lessons from Georgia”, discussing the process that has led to 50% reduction in postpartum hemorrhage and to 90% of newborn receiving essential newborn care, all while achieving a 25% cost reduction per delivery. Dr. Tinatin also drove paralles for adoption in Kosovo.

“The Women’s Health Resource Centers are an initiative of Action for Mothers and Children, which offer free counseling for women and their partners on antenatal and postnatal care in a comfortable relaxing room. This is what Georgia has done as well, and during these days we learned on their experiences and the pathway that Kosovo should follow to improve the maternal and child health outcomes” – adds Albiona Beha from Action for Mothers and Children.

Kosovo continues to have high maternal and infant mortality rates. One of the causes of this high mortality rate is also lack of evidence-based information on nutrition, antenatal care, delivery process, and newborn care. In Women’s Health Resource Centers more that 2,500 women have benefited from evidence-based information received on antenatal and postnatal care. Evidence-based information is cruical in helping improve maternal and child health outcomes and this has been proven in many countries around the world. This is the path that Kosovo is aiming through Women’s Health Reource Centers as well.

This important training and visit has been made possible thorugh the support of Czech Embassy in Kosovo and is supported by the Department for Maternal and Child Health from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, office in Prishtina.

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The “Cycle Kosovo for Children” 2016 event started today

A group of 30 cyclists started their cycling tour this morning to raise funds for mothers and children in Kosovo.

Prishtina, 3 June 2016-

Today, a group of 30 cyclists start their cycling tour around Kosovo for three days, for a total distance of 500km with 5000m of climbing. The cyclists, wearing black T-shirts took off from Prishtina this morning heading to Mitrovica, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Ferizaj, Gjilan, Kamenica and back in Prishtina on Sunday, June 5th at the end of event fundraiser at Beer Garden at 18.00hrs.

Cycle Kosovo for Children is a three-day cycle ride around Kosovo to raise money for Action for Mothers and Children. The event has been successfully run both in 2014 and 2015 and is growing every year.

Albion Hadri, one of the organizers of this event and a cyclist himself states, “We are very happy with the number of cyclists who have joined the event this year. This is not a race, rather a charity cycling tour. Thus we would like to kindly ask for patience and support from all the citizens and drivers while we pass through villages and roads around Kosovo.”

This annual charity event raises funds for Action for Mothers and Children to support its supply programs. The event was organized for the first time in 2014 and the money raised managed to secure the CRP/CBC equipment for Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina, which allows the staff to conduct blood analysis at baby’s bedside, instead of labs outside the clinic. The 2015 event managed to secure phototherapy lamps, which are essential in treating jaundice in children. This year’s event is raising money to purchase cardiopulmonary monitors for maternity ward that tracks the baby’s heart and breathing rates.

The end of event fundraiser is open to all interested citizens to join on Sunday, June 5th, at Beer Garden in Prishtina starting at 18.00hrs. While we welcome back all the cyclists, the event will also host live music and a raffle of prizes to raise as much money as possible for Action for Mothers and Children.

This event is an initiative of two international cyclists living in Kosovo and is supported strongly by Eulex, Kosovo Police and sponsored by Devolli Corporation, Astes Turkey, Rugove, BpB, Shtepiaku, On Line Studio, MoneyGram, UniProject, European Auto Care, Entermedia, VM3, and Beer Garden.

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The Coalition for Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights celebrates the international day to end obstetric fistula

Prishtina, 23 May 2016-

The international day to end obstetric fistula, which is marked on May 23, is marked by the Coalition of Organizations for Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights. Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious injuries from which approximately 2 million women suffer and 50,000 – 100,000 others are affected annually.

Obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and the bladder caused by prolonged labor which then causes urinary and bowel incontinence. This is a phenomenon particularly in developing countries and the fight against obstetric fistula is supported by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

In an official statement today, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, says that “ending fistula remains one of our highest priorities, and we will continue to accelerate efforts, both in our own work and within the United Nations system. The global Campaign to End Fistula, launched in 2003 by UNFPA and partners, has made significant progress towards eliminating fistula and supporting its survivors through prevention, treatment, social reintegration and advocacy.”

Obstetric fistula is developed mostly during birth delivery when baby’s head is turned towards the mother’s pelvic and cannot pass through because the woman’s pelvis is too narrow or the baby is too big. Other contributing factors include the mother’s young age of pregnancy, pelvic disproportion, cancer or radiation treatment for cancer, sexual violence, and some sexually transmitted diseases.

The most effective short-term strategies for preventing obstetric fistula will involve enhanced supervision during labor, improved access to emergency obstetric services, improved access to family planning services, increased education for girls and women, community economic development, and enhanced gender equity.

In Kosovo there are no data or findings about the condition, so the Coalition appeals to the appropriate authorities to build the mechanisms that record this condition in the official registers and improve services to prevent and treat obstetric fistula.

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The initial meeting of the Coalition of Organizations on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights is held

Prishtina, 12 May 2016-

The first initial meeting of the Coalition of Organizations on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights in Prishtina was held yesterday. This Coalition is supported by the UNFPA office in Prishtina and coordinated by “Action for Mothers and Children.”

The initial participating organizations, also initial members of the Coalition, include: AHED, Artpolis, Health for All, Jeta/Vita, KOPF, Peer Educators Network (PEN), Kosovo Women’s Network, Patient Rights Association of Kosovo (PRAK), Kosovo Association for Promoting, Advancing and Protecting the Health of Teenagers, and Action for Mothers and Children (AMC).

This Coalition, although at its initial phases, aims to improve the policy, legal framework and awareness on reproductive health and reproductive health rights in Kosovo through regular evidence-based advocacy work of civil society organizations mobilized as a Coalition. The coalition will serve as an independent advocacy and monitoring body on policy and law implementation on reproductive health and reproductive health rights.

Reproductive health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters related to reproductive system. The rights of reproductive health, among others, include the right to decide if, when and how to reproduce, the right of access to information related to reproductive health, the right to counseling services, education, preventive/screening programs on reproductive health diseases, and others. Although Kosovo has a basic legal infrastructure on reproductive health, the Coalition believes there is a need for enforcing its implementation, monitoring and assessment as well as a need to promote the rights on reproductive health in Kosovo.

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A New Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Mitrovica

Prishtina, 27 April 2016-

In an official ceremony today, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Center in Mitrovica open up in the Main Family Medicine Center. The Center provides the much-needed counseling to women and their partners on antenatal and postnatal care. Participants are offered practical education and counseling on nutrition, pregnancy phases, preparing for labor, the delivery process, physical exercises, newborn care and breastfeeding for free.

In the ceremony today, the Minister of Health, Dr. Imet Rrahmani, officially opened the doors of the Center and emphasized the importance of health education. “Maternal and child health remains top priority in our strategic work at the Ministry and such health resource centers are essential for women’s education on pregnancy and newborn care” – adds Rrahmani. The Minister thanked Action for Mothers and Children for their work well done for the health sector in Kosovo.

“This Center today marks the 5th location of Women’s Health Resrouce Center, a program initated by our foundation. Up to date, more than 2500 women have benefited from the services received at those Centers. Last month we opened the Center in Sterpce, a year ago we opened two in Prishtina and one in Ferizaj. Those Centers are run from nurses and midwifes of the host facilities,” – says Mrika Aliu, the Executive Director at Action for Mothers and Children.

The set up of the Center in Mitrovica and expansion of services of the Women’s Health Resource Center is made possible by the support from the Australian Embassy and the fundraising event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children.” The educational program of the Women’s Health Resource Center is supported by the World Health Organization-office in Prishtina, while the network of these centers is supported by Solidar Suisse Kosova.

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Phototherapy Lamps arrive in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina

Prishtina, 04 April 2016-

Today we solemnly delivered the phototherapy lamps in the Nenatology Intensive Care Unit at the Universtiy Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK). These lamps are essential in treating jaundice in children and today we delivered 5 phototherapy lamps.

Jaundice is a frequent problem in children which is caused due to an increased level of bilirubin in the blood. Approximately half of the infants born to term and 75% of premature babies manifest jaundice during the first days of their life. Phototherapy is a non-invasive way of treating jaundice which is realized through several phototherapy devices, the so called phototherapy lamps.

“The support we are receiving from Action for Mothers and Children through its many friends, partners and donors is enabling our effective work in the Clinic. Every day we face different challenges and we never give up in providing the best care for our infants,” – states Dr. Mynevere Hoxha, head of Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in UCCK.

Arta Hasanaj, from Action for Mothers and Children, declares that “we are committed in offering our support to help babies live and we focus on providing solutions to those problems that improve the effectivenes of care delivered for our babies and are prioritized by the Clinic. It is a real pleasure to deliver those phototerapy lamps today, made possible through our dedicated donors, and fulfil some of the needs of the Neonatal Clinic” – adds  Hasanaj.

The purchasing and delivery of phototherapy lamps today is made possible through support and donors of the 2015 fundraising events – “Cycle Kosovo for Children” and “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children.”

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The story about Saving the Tiniest Babies in Kosovo

Prishtina, April 1, 2016-
The story is published in AmeriCares’s website.

Sebahate was seven months along in her first pregnancy when dangerously high blood pressure led to an emergency C-section to save her unborn child.The baby girl she and her husband named Laura* weighed less than 2 pounds at birth and struggled to breathe, her tiny lungs not yet fully developed.

The preemie spent her first days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University Clinical Center Kosovo’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she survived thanks to respiratory medication donated by AmeriCares and AbbVie, and the assistance of a continuous positive airway pressure machine. AmeriCares supports the NICU through a partnership with Action for Mothers and Children, a local NGO focused on improving the survival rates of mothers and babies in Kosovo, one of the poorest countries in Europe.

Laura is one of more than 1,000 premature low-weight babies to survive since 2006 when AmeriCares and Abbott began delivering surfactant therapy to prevent respiratory distress in pre-term infants. AbbVie spun off from Abbott in 2013 and has sponsored the program ever since.

Over the past 10 years, the program has supplied more than 2,100 vials of the surfactant replacement drug to Kosovo valued at more than $1.4 million. Dr. Mynevere Hoxha, director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UCCK, said the donations save the lives of approximately 200 infants every year.

“Surfactant prevents the air sacs in the lungs from collapsing when the baby exhales, giving our smallest and most fragile patients a fighting chance to survive,” said Dr. Hoxha. “Without AmeriCares and AbbVie, we would not have access to this life-saving medicine.”

The donations ensure tiny patients in need receive treatment at no cost. The drug is administered by neonatologists trained by the team from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center through the Kosovo-Dartmouth Alliance for Healthy Mothers and Babies, and the NICU is equipped with the most advanced technologies.

The most recent donation is enough to provide the hospital with a year’s supply of surfactant, Dr. Hoxha said. The reliable donations are critical in a country where nearly 30 percent of the population lives in poverty and cannot afford treatment.

Still recovering from the 1999 war, many hospitals in Kosovo lack necessary supplies and equipment. At one time, preemies born to Kosovar mothers suffered the highest rate of infant mortality in Europe, neonatal intensive care units were nonexistent. Today, infant mortality rates in some weight profiles—including low-birth weight infants—have dropped by 50 percent.

“The health care system in Kosovo is getting stronger and AmeriCares is contributing to those improvements,” said AmeriCares Medical Officer Dr. Julie Varughese. “We are giving a new generation a pathway to health and opportunity.”

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A New Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Sterpce

Prishtina, 30 March 2016-

In an official ceremony today, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Center in the Municipality of Sterpce open up in the Family Medicine Center in Drajkovc. The Center provides the much-needed counseling to all the communities in the municipality of Sterpce coming from all ethnic and social backgrounds. Participants are offered practical education and counseling on nutrition, pregnancy phases, preparing for labor, the delivery process, physical exercises, newborn care and breastfeeding for free.

In the opening ceremony today, Mr. Sabri Murseli, the Director of Health Department in Sterpce, emphasized that such a center is crucial to our health institutions and improvement of maternal and child health through education offered in this Center. Mr. Gezim Kokollari, from the Ministry of Health, declared that such initiatives that help improve healthcare provided for mothers and children are always welcome, especially considering the fact that maternal and child health is a top priority for the Ministry. The speech of Dr. Burim Karameta, the Director of the Department of Health and Social Welfare in the Municipality of Ferizaj, showed the importance of inter-municipal cooperation while taking the Women’s Health Resource Center in Ferizaj, set up last year, as a successful model for today’s center in Sterpce.

Albiona Beha, from Action for Mothers and Children, thanked the midwives of the FMC in Drajkovc who will be in charge of providing counseling and leading the activities of the center. “The opening of the Center in Drajkovc-Sterpce marks the 4th location of this program in Kosovo, initiated by Action for Mothers and Children. Up to date, approximately 2,500 women have benefited from the activities of Women’s Health Resource Centers. Last year, Action for Mothers and Children established three such centers in Prishtina and Ferizaj,” – adds Beha.

The set up of the Center in Sterpce and expansion of services of the Women’s Health Resource Center is made possible by the support from UNMIK and the fundraising event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children.” The program of the Women’s Health Resource Center is supported by the World Health Organization-office in Prishtina, while the network of these centers is supported by Solidar Suisse Kosova.

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The screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity starts within NICU

Prishtina, 21 March 2016-

Earlier this month, the Action for Mothers and Children (AMC) and the University Clinical Center of Kosovo (UCCK) sign a memorandum of cooperation which enables setting up the system for screening for retinopathy in premature babies, known as ROP.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (also called ROP) is an eye disease that affects many premature babies. Most babies with ROP have a mild case and don’t need treatment. But babies with severe ROP can have vision problems or blindness. Screening for ROP helps early diagnosis and treatment. The screening for ROP is conducted by a specialized ophthalmologist and is done in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where premature babies are treated.

This initiative would have not been possible without the direct support with Kubati hospital. This support ensures a team of volunteer doctors, specialized in screening for ROP, who will perform the screening within NICU for a period until the capacities within UCCK are built. The team of volunteer doctors is made of Dr. Burim Zhuri and Dr. Muhamet Zekolli, both vitreoretinal surgeons.

By mid of 2015, Kubati hospital introduced an opportunity for cooperation with Action for Mothers and Children, addressing their CSR component. A request for support for this issue has also been addressed by NICU in Prishtina. Considering this a priority, Action for Mothers and Children has facilitated meetings and institutional cooperation to list the needs and find the ways to meet them. AMC has identified that there is lack of human capacities within UCCK, lack of standardized protocols and multidisciplinary approach, as well as lack of equipment needed for screening and treatment for ROP.

“Both agreements, facilitated by AMC, ensure that there is a team of volunteer doctors who, with the borrowed equipment form Kubati hospital, can start the screening for ROP within NICU immediately. This is an in-kind donation raised by AMC. At the same time this group of volunteer doctors is building capacities within the Ophthalmology Clinic in UCCK who can continue the protocols for screening afterwards,” – says Mrika Aliu, the executive director of AMC.

Alongside, through AMC’s advocacy efforts, the department for maternal and child health within the Ministry of Health and the leadership of UCCK have guaranteed securing the equipment needed for ROP so that the protocols for screening can continue after the support of volunteer doctors ends.

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An MoU with the Main Family Medicine Center in Mitrovica signed

Prishtina, 14 March 2016-

Today we visited Dr. Fevzi Sylejmani, Director of the Main Family Medicine Center in Mitrovica, and his team to sign a memorandum of cooperation enabling the establishment of the Women’s Health Resource Center in their facility.

This location marks the 5th Center that AMC has established to provide access to information on antenatal and postnatal care for women and their partners. The Women’s Health Resource Centers are working towards improving the health outcomes of women and their children by empowering patients and practitioners towards quality improvement and shared decision-making; two concepts proven to have reduced maternal and child mortality rates around the world. The services of the Women’s Health Resource Center are becoming an integrated part of the day-to-day services of the primary care facilities and help improve the performance and patient satisfaction indicators.

In today’s visit we were honored with the presence of Dr. Drita Lumi, from the Main Family Medicine Center in Ferizaj, who shared the experience of how the services of Women’s Health Resource Center have become part of the day-to-day services within primary care facilities in Ferizaj after being set up in March 2015.

The Women’s Health Resource Center in Mitrovica will be opened soon.

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A memorandum of cooperation signed with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kosovo

Prishtina, 7 March 2016-

Action for Mothers and Children and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kosovo sign a memorandum of cooperation to support our Women’s Health Resource Centers around Kosovo. This cooperation in particular makes it possible to build capacities of nurses and midwifes of the medicine centers where our Women’s Health Resource Centers operate so that the indicators of patient-provider communication are improved, as well as the counseling on antenatal and postnatal care.

The Women’s Health Resource Centers are now operating in three locations (with an additional two being set up) with the primary goal to improve the health outcomes of women and their children by empowering patients and practitioners towards quality improvement and shared decision-making; two concepts proven to have reduced maternal and child mortality rates around the world.

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We welcomed representatives from the Australian Embassy & Permanent Mission, Vienna

Prishtina, 1 March 2016-

Today, we welcomed in Prishtina the representatives from the Australian Embassy, Mr. David Lewis, the Deputy Head of Mission, and Mr. Richard Holzer-Remondi, Bilateral Relations and Public Affairs Officer for a short visit. Action for Mothers and Children has signed an agreement of cooperation with the Australian Embassy in January 2016, through their direct aid program, to support, strengthen and expand the services of the Women’s Health Resource Centers.

Centers’ primary goal is to improve the health outcomes of women and their children by empowering patients and practitioners towards quality improvement and shared decision-making; two concepts proven to have reduced maternal and child mortality rates around the world.

The support from the Australian Embassy will extend women’s access to this essential service by opening a new center in a municipality outside Prishtina, thereby directly impacting some of Kosovo’s most vulnerable population segments.

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Agreement signed with UNMIK

Prishtina, 12 February 2016-

We are glad to announce that UNMIK and AMC have signed a grant agreement to support Action for Mothers and Children. This agreement supports in particular the expansion of the services of Women’s Health Resource Center in the municipality of Shterpca.

The Women’s Health Resource Centers bring women together from all ethnic and social backgrounds to share in basic life-saving education for free at the community level. At these Centers, group and individual counseling is offered in a bright, colorful, comfortable and private room. Participants are offered practical education on nutrition, pregnancy phases, preparing for labor, the delivery process, physical exercises, newborn care and breastfeeding. Posters, props and videos complement the hands-on learning, which uses exercises, games and role-play to better convey information. Participants receive take-home material on the topic discussed and are offered a follow-up contact with the Center midwife.

Kosovo has among the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the Balkans and Europe. The primary reason is the mother’s lack of education and awareness on pre- and post-natal care.

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Action for Mothers and Children represented at Kosovo Task Force for Cancer Control

Prishtina, 24 January 2016-

Yesterday, on January 23rd, Action for Mothers and Children participated in the 7th Balkan Symposium organized by LIV Hospital and Kosova Task Force for Cancer Control. The symposium was organized in the form of a round table discussing about Protocols in Screening, Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Cancer.

The representatives of Action for Mothers and Children, Dr. Fisnik Kurshumliu and Ms. Mrika Aliu, brought the experience of AMC while screening women for cervical cancer during 2015. This pilot project, funded by 700 for Science Foundation, benefited 700 women from all over Kosovo who were offered free pap-tests using the most advanced methodology – the liquid based cytology – for screening. The research report of this study is being developed and will be published soon.

The representation of Action for Mothers and Children in this round table brought as well the voice of the community, advocating for the need to set up a national screening program in Kosovo.

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AMC and FMC 2 Ferizaj visit the Albanian and Serbian communities in Sterpce

Prishtina, 22 January 2016-

The representatives from the Main Family Medicine Center in Ferizaj, Dr. Drita Lumi and Selvije Bislimi, together with the representatives from “Action for Mothers and Children” visited today the municipality of Shterpce and were hosted by the director of the department for health and social welfare in this municipality.

This visit aimed to discuss about opportunities to set up a new Women’s Health Resource Center in the municipality of Sterpce which can serve the communities coming from both Albanian and Serbian ethnicities and encourage cooperation. The representatives from the Main Family Medicine Center in Ferizaj brought their experience in having such a center set up in March 2015 and how it is improving the quality indicators of the services of Family Medicine Center 2 in Ferizaj where the center is located. Dr. Drita Lumi and Selvije Bislimi encouraged setting up such a center in Sterpce and offered their full support and knowledge-sharing throughout the process.

The medical staff in the Family Medicine Center in Drajkovc, where the opportunities to set up the center were considered, expressed their full willpower to set up a Women’s Health Resource Center within their facility which can serve both communities at the same time, raise awareness on antenatal and postnatal care, provide counseling to women and their families and integrate the patient-education services as part of their day-to-day services. This visit was also supported by the director of the department for health and social welfare in Ferizaj, Dr. Burim Karameta. A new Women’s Health Resource Center in Sterpce is coming soon.

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300 vials of Survanta medication arrive in Kosovo

Prishtina, 12 January 2016-

The “Action for Mothers and Children” foundation and its partner in USA, AmeriCares, deliver 300 vials of Survanta medication to Neonatology Unit in the University Clinical Center in Kosovo. This donation covers the national need for 2016.

Infants who experience respiratory distress lack sufficient amounts of surfactant – the liquid coats inside the lungs. Babies usually don’t start producing surfactant until a few weeks after they are born. Without enough surfactant the lungs collapse and premature babies cannot breathe. Thus, Survanta is vital for prevention and treatment of RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and reduces the infant mortality rate. This medication saves 250-300 babies every year.

“We are pleased that we donated this year’s vials of Survanta medication honored by the presence of representatives from AmeriCares, our esteemed partner from USA. Our foundation and AmeriCares cooperate since 2009 and we are glad that such partnership is developing fruitfully,” states Mrika Aliu, the Executive Director of Action for Mothers and Children.

Dr. Mynevere Hoxha, the Director of Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Kosovo expresses her immense gratitude to the foundation and AmeriCares for this annual donation of Surfactant in Kosovo. “This medication saves hundreds of babies every year,” – states Hoxha.

This expensive medication is donated to AmeriCares by Abbvie in the USA. It’s arrival in Kosovo is made possible by 2015 fundraising events, such as Runner for Hearts and Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children!

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Action for Mothers and Children joins the World Birth Defects Day

Prishtina, January 4, 2016-

We are pleased to announce that Action for Mothers and Children has been invited to join the World Birth Defects Day as a partner organization from Kosovo. WBDDay was launched on March 3,  2015 by the support of 12 organizations, including among others the March of Dimes, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Pan American Health Organizations, WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, etc.

Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. Worldwide, all countries and their populations are affected by birth defects. To increase global awareness of these conditions and their public health importance, March 3 marks World Birth Defects Day. The aim of WBDD is to raise awareness of this serious global problem and advocate for increased monitoring of the occurrence of birth defects, research to find causes and improve prevention, and promote care to help children and adults with birth defects improve their quality of life and participation in society.

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Agreement signed with Solidar Suisse in Kosovo

Prishtina, 21 December 2015-

We are happy to announce that Solidar Suisse in Kosovo has extended its grant agreement to support Action for Mothers and Children. This agreement supports AMC’s efforts to help the set up of the neonatal referral system in Kosovo as well as to establish the network of Women’s Health Resource Centers. The neonatal referral system will make sure that newborns being transported from other cities to Prishtina receive the intensive standardized care and increases their chances of survival upon their arrival for more specialized care in Prishtina. The network of Centers will bring together the working staff frequently so they can exchange experiences and strengthen services of the center to better meet the needs of women.
Solidar Suisse in Kosovo and Action for Mothers and Children partner in maternal and child health programs since 2013 and we are grateful for such continuous support and fruitful partnership.

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The next workshop with the medical staff in Ferizaj is held

Prishtina, 17 December 2015-

Today, Action for Mothers and Children together with the Family Medicine Centre in Ferizaj organized a workshop as part of its activities at Women’s Health Resource Center.

In today’s workshop we discussed about “Psychological and Physical preparation for labor” and “The importance of breastfeeding.” The workshop aimed at encouraging family doctors and nurses in evidence-based education of women on antenatal and postnatal care.

The volunteer staff engaged at our Women’s Health Resource Centers facilitated the workshop. The Center promotes patient-centered care through women empowerment on antenatal and postnatal care, by providing as such evidence-based information in individual and group settings.

In today’s workshop we were honored with the presence of Dr. Genc Ymerhalili, the Director of Development of Family Medicine in Kosovo, who encouraged the engagement of the staff of Family Medicine Center in patient empowerment and education.

The activities of our Women’s Health Resource Center are supported by the World Health Organization, office in Prishtina.

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End of Year Letter

Pristina, December 15, 2015 –

Dear friends,
As we approach the end of 2015, we want to thank those around us who have supported Action for Mothers and Children! Every December we try to find the perfect gift. And when the holidays come around, we scramble! If you have not given your end-of-year gift yet, please consider supporting Action for Mothers and Children in Kosovo!
2015 has been an exciting year at Action! Thanks to the support of our many partners, donors, and friends we can together take pride that:
* 230 vials of Survanta medication arrived in Kosovo. This medication is vital in developing the lungs in premature babies. Around 250-300 babies are saved every year as a result of Survanta medication;
* The first CRP/CBC analyzer machine was delivered to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which allows the staff to conduct blood analysis at baby’s bedside, instead of labs outside the clinic. Around 30-35 babies per day benefit from this equipment;
* We have set up our third Women’s Health Resource Center in Ferizaj where women receive unrestricted access to essential information about their pregnancy, labor and delivery, and newborn care, in their own language, which they would otherwise not have access to;* 1200 women so far have benefited from the free services at our Women’s Health Resource Center. 80% of these women are better prepared in the labor room, resulting in less complications and a better birthing experience;

* 700 women have benefited from free testing on cervical cancer using the most precise methodology for early detection – the liquid based cytology, the first such methodology used in Kosovo;

* We have fully implemented the first scientific research on the cost and characteristics of births in Kosovo, which will be used to advocate for the inclusion of basic services for mothers and children in the health insurance reform;

The infant mortality rate today is about 10/1,000 births, as compared to 29/1,000 immediately after the war in Kosovo. The maternal mortality rate is declared as 0. This achievement is a result of the work done by many stakeholders and also a result of your contribution – friends from all over the globe who have supported our cause!
The purpose of applauding these figures is about the impact of your support and reflects our belief that humanitarian foundations cannot stand alone.

 

This year’s campaigns of Runner for Hearts, Cycle Kosovo for Children, and Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children make it possible for Action to continue its mission to save the lives of mothers and children in the Republic of Kosovo. In 2016 we will:

* Deliver the next set of Survanta medication to cover the national need for premature babies who need surfactant. Without enough surfactant, the lungs collapse and premature babies die;
* Deliver Phototherapy Lamps to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Phototherapy lamps treat jaundice in children. Jaundice in children is a problem that is encountered on daily basis and about 75% of our children manifest jaundice upon birth;
* Support setting up the Neonatal Referral System in Kosovo. Around 300 babies are referred from other cities to Prishtina. Parents deliver babies to Prishtina using their private cars to seek more specialized treatment, due to lack of a referral system;
* Continue providing and expanding free services of Women’s Health Resource Center. High mortality rates are also due to lack of women’s information on healthy pregnancy and care, hence the importance of these services towards reaching our goal of saving the lives of mothers and their children;
* Expand our Cervical Cancer Screening program in primary care and increase the number of women screened for Cervical Cancer, while advocating on setting up the national cervical cancer screening program;
* Bring you creative fundraising activities, such as Runner for Hearts, Cycle Kosovo for Children, and Let’s Dance where we can all together save the lives of mothers and children in Kosovo;

And much more!

Your gift today supports everything from Survanta medication delivery to complex cervical cancer detection and advocacy on health rights for Kosovo’s mothers and children!

 

We believe that with the help of our supporters and friends, we will establish the best conditions in giving the developing child a healthy start in life. That is a basic human right! Our foundation is dedicated to the process of making that happen, but we cannot do it without your support!

Thank you and warm wishes for the holiday season!

Action for Mothers and Children

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Action for Mothers and Children and the March of Dimes Foundation

Prishtina, 14 December 2015 –

We take pride in our partnership with March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies with the mission of preventing birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to supporting research aimed at helping more women have healthy pregnancies and healthy, full-term babies, March of Dimes works to promote the overall health of women before and during pregnancy through education and advocacy.

Action for Mothers and Children (AMC) follows March of Dimes mission example and the two organizations mark their second year of close cooperation in the usage of evidence-based health education materials for improving maternal and child health. “Action for Mothers and Children is one of those partners with whom we enjoy working. It is exciting to see this organization growing and making an enormous impact in health of mothers and babies in Kosovo,” says Dr. Salimah Walani, Director of Global Health Programs. In September this year, Action for Mothers and Children visited March of Dimes in the U.S. and the leaders of both organizations exchanged ideas for continued cooperation towards improving maternal and child health in Kosovo.

For more information about March of Dimes, visit www.marchofdimes.org.

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Fundraising Event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” raises €23,890.00

Pristina, December 5, 2015 –

Over 300 people attended the fundraising dance event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” on December 3rd. The event took place at Sheshi 21 in Pristina and raised €23,890.00 through ticket sales and company sponsorships. We were honoured with the special presence of Her Excellency, President Atifete Jahjaga.

The fundraising event, a first-ever dance event, was co-organized by RTV Dukagjini and Crimson Capital in support of the Foundation Action for Mothers and Children which provides support and health care services for mothers and children in Kosovo.

“As the need for help from mothers and their children challenged by health-related difficulties is growing, the Foundation decided to step up their efforts and appeal to the generosity of people, while sending out a positive message,” said Mrika Aliu, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“In just the last three years, with the Foundation’s help, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has reduced the mortality rate of premature infants at birth down to about 10/1,000. This is terrific. But they can reduce it even more now, thanks to the generosity of so many supporters,” said Michael Gold, Executive Director of Crimson Capital, the platinum sponsor of the event.

The fundraising dance event was supported through sponsorships by: Crimson Capital, Acibadem Hospital Group (as platinum sponsors), Komot shpk, Qendra Laserike e Syrit Kubati, Mjeshtri, NLB Prishtina, TEB Bank (as gold sponsors), KEIS, Cacttus (as silver sponsors), and Black Eagle, Business Development Institute, Evolution Dance, Frutomania, Flutura Dedinja, KEP, LIV Hospital, Perla Events, Birra Prishtina, Palma, RC Cola, Rugove, Birra Sabaja, Vitaminka, Walker and VM3 (as other sponsors) as well as many individuals and other companies who purchased individual tickets. This whole event and campaign was supported by Trembelat.

“We would like to thank everyone who showed support, in one way or another,” adds Zana Aqifi as co-organizer of this event. “Apart from raising funds for Action for Mothers and Children, we enjoyed bringing together people committed to helping others,” adds Aqifi.

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Young Men and Women attend classes at Women’s Health Resource Center

Prishtina, October 14, 2015-

The group of young men and women who will attend the educational sessions on women’s health at the Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC) has been announced today. This group will attend WHRC sessions once a month at the Family Medicine Center (FMC) number IV in Prishtina.
This activity is a result of a cooperation between Young Men Initiative/PEN and Action for Mothers and Children.

Today we held the first session on “Expectations and Preparations for a Healthy Pregnancy.”

Next sessions will include (but not limited to): physical changes on a woman’s body during pregnancy, the role of father/partner during woman’s pregnancy, newborn care, role of breastfeeding, preparation for delivery room and other topics that follow WHRC’s curriculum. This group of young men and women will meet once a month at the FMC IV in Prishtina.

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Dartmouth Hosts a Reception for AMC

Prishtina, October 7, 2015-

On September 19th, 2015 the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth hosted a reception for representatives  and friends of Action for Mothers and Children.

Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff gathered to discuss  their long-term contribution and work with Kosovo’s health programs, student and faculty exchanges, and the history and achievements of Action for Mothers and Children (AMC).

George Little MD, Geisel Emeritus Professor Pediatrics and an Action Trustee, hosted the event, describing some of the goals and challenges for Action in Kosovo.  James Strickler MD, the Honorary Trustee at Action for Mothers and Children, recalled the long-term contribution of Dartmouth in Kosovo through its many programs and creation of “Action for Mothers and Children.”

Ms. Teuta Sahatqija, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo, was the special guest and  expressed a great appreciation for  all Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff involved in health programs with AMC and Kosovo.

A reception followed the presentation of recent AMC programs, concluding a celebratory evening and supportive discussion among AMC’s friends and supporters at Dartmouth.

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Grant Agreement signed with WHO

Prishtina, October 6, 2015-

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Action for Mothers and Children enter a grant agreement towards strengthening and empowering the Women’s Health Resource Center, WHRC.

The Centre offers antenatal counseling services to women and their partners with the ultimate goal to empower the role of women to make decisions about their own body and health. At the same time this center aims at strengthening the involvement of women in shared-decision through providing health awareness and education. This grant proposal supports the Health Resource center’s role in primary care which as such is in alignment with the strategies of both signing authorities.

AMC is profoundly grateful to WHO for this partnership agreement.

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A Memorandum of Cooperation for Pap-Smear tests is signed

Prishtina, August 1, 2015-

As a result for the higher need for regular pap-smear tests for women, the NGO “Down Syndrome Kosova” and Action for Mothers and Children have signed an memorandum of cooperation through which AMC will set a side some spots for free cervical cancer screening tests (using liquid based cytology) for mother of children with Down Syndrome. These tests are conducted at the American Hospital in Prishtina lab. “This agreement is very important as it offers the opportunity to mothers of children with Down Syndrome to conduct pap-smear tests for free and thus promotes the importance of regular screening and early detection for cervical cancer. Let us bear in mind that cervical cancer is the second most spread cancer after the breast cancer,” – state the representatives of both organizations.

This Memorandum starts from September 1 through September 30, and is dedicated for mothers of children with Down Syndrome. This cooperation is as part of the Cervical Cancer screening program established by Action for Mothers and Children, in cooperation with 700 for Science Foundation and the American Hospital in October 2014. Since its establishment more than 500 females have benefited from these free pap-tests.

All mothers who have children with Down Syndrome are invited to contact directly the Down Syndrome Kosova at 044 441 025, in their Facebook page or e-mail address info@downsyndromekosova.org to sign up for free pap-tests.

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Bank Street Charity Invitational raises more than $100,000 for 12 Charities

Prishtina, 31 July 2015-

Bank Street Group, a leading investment banking firm serving the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, hosted the First Annual Bank Street Charity Invitational at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT on June 8, 2015. As the title sponsor, Bank Street, along with co-sponsors Schneider Electric, the WWE, the Cami Scholarship Foundation, Block O’Toole & Murphy and Fried Frank backed eighteen teams who each played for the benefit of their selected charities.

“The Bank Street Charity Invitational was sponsored in the longstanding tradition at Bank Street, where every member of our team is expected not only to be a leader in the industry sectors we compete in but also in our broader global community,” said Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director of Bank Street Group. “Our goal is to support the charitable activities of our senior professionals, our clients and community, enjoying each other’s company while giving back.”

Proceeds from the Bank Street Charity Invitational will benefit A Better Chance, Action for Mothers and Children, the American University of Kosova, Basketball Club International, the Humane Society, MAASBesa, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, STAR, Inc., St. George Cathedral in Boston, the Sukobine School and the Yerwood Center of Stamford, CT.

The Second Annual Bank Street Charity Invitational is scheduled for June 6, 2016 at The Burning Tree Country Club. To learn more about the Bank Street Charity Invitational, please visit www.bankstreetinvitational.com.

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A workshop from the team of Women Health Resource Center held in Ferizaj

Prishtina, 1 July 2015-

The Family Medicine Training Center in Ferizaj and Action for Mothers and Children organised the one-day workshop on “Physical and Psychological preparation for the Birth Delivery Process,” a module taught at the Women Health Resource Centers. The workshop organised and lead by the team working at Women Health Resource Center, which was established this February in the Family Medicine Center II in Ferizaj.

In this workshop there were present the nurses and midwifes of Ferizaj coming from the Family Medicine Centers as well as home-visiting nurses for mothers and children. The participants at this workshop expressed their will to help promote the role and activities of the Women Health Resource Center in Ferizaj.

Such workshops from the team of Women Health Resource Centers will be organised frequently to help build on additional capacity for nurses and midwifes to expand the services of the Resource Centers in the future. Today’s workshop was build on theoretical and practical capacity-building session.

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“Action for Mothers and Children” becomes member of KOMF coalition

Prishtina, 25 June 2015-

This month we have received the news from the coalition of organization for child protection – KOMF – that “Action for Mothers and Children” has been voted to become member of this coalition. The mission of KOMF is protection and security of children’s wellbeing as well as advocacy to protect children’s rights as based on the International Convention on Children’s Rights.

Being member of this coalition places AMC in a strong advocacy position toward the children’s right for healthy lives, which is a pillar of AMC’s programs. KOMF and AMC have brainstormed on initial efforts towards advocacy programs for health insurance schemes for children as part of the KoSana health dialogue program (where AMC is an implementing partner) and advocacy efforts to increase the budget for reproductive health which aims to improve the healthcare delivered for children.

Among member organizations of KOMF are: Associazione Amici dei Bambini, Association for Social Training, Research and Advocacy – ASTRA, Initiative 6, Center for Protection of Victims – MVPT, One to One Children’s Fund, One to One Kosova, Save the Children, Hope and Home for Children in Kosovo, Terre des homes, World Vision, SOS Children’s Villiage, OPFAKKOS, Kosovo Education Center and VoRAE.

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“Cycle Kosovo for Children” raised around Eur 15,000 for mothers and children

The charity event “Cycle Kosovo for Children” raised around Eur 15,000 for mothers and children

Prishtina, 8 June 2015-

After 3 days of cycling around Kosovo, the cyclists returned back in Prishtina last night at around 1900hrs. In the morning of June 5th, a group of around 20 cyclists started their cycling tour around Kosovo for a total distance of 500km. The cyclists, wearing yellow T-shirts, set off from Prishtina to Mitrovica, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Ferizaj, Gjilan, Kamenica and back in Prishtina last night at Sabaja Bar – where the heroes were welcome. Throughout the tour a number of citizens and cyclists joind the team.

This event managed to raise approximately Eur 15,000 through corporate donations, indivudal online contributions and the auction and ruffle activities held last night at Sabaja Bar in Prishtina.

Mark Dixon, cyclist and one of the organizers says that “We close the Cycle Kosovo for Children as a very successful event this year too. Although we were tired to cycle this whole distance, the cause for which we were cycling was stronger. We cycled 500km of distance with 8000m of climbing in warm temperatures and nights with thunderstorms, but we did it successfully.”

This cycling event is a charity event to raise funds for “Action for Mothers and Children.” “This is a huge success to raise all this money that support supply programs of Action for Mothers and Children, so we are very grateful to the organizers, cyclists and all those who contributed,” – says Arta Hasanaj, the representative at Action for Mothers and Children and continues: “This event will be held the following years as well, building on an annual cycling event, and all the money raised will be used to help improve maternal and child health in Kosovo. The money raised this year will be used to support supply programs designated for the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina, which offers care for premature babies.”

This event is an intiative of dy international cyclists living in Kosovo (Mark Dixon and Thomas Flanagan) and is supported strongly by Eulex, Devolli Corporation, Uni Project, Sabaja, studio Drop, Pilot Bike, international workers living in Kosovo and a lot of friends.

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The “Cycle Kosovo for Children” event started today

A group of 20 cyclists started their cycling tour today to raise funds for mothers and children.

Prishtina, 5 June 2015-

After a successful event last year, the Cycle Kosovo for Children is organized this year too.

Today, a group of around 20 cyclists started their cycling tour around Kosovo for three days, for a total distance of 500km with 5000m of climbing. The cyclists, wearing yellow T-shirts, set off from Prishtina to Mitrovica, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Ferizaj, Gjilan, Kamenica and back in Prishtina on Sunday, June 7th at the end of event night at Sabaja Bar at 18.00.

Mark Dixon, one of the organizers of this event states that “We are very happy with the number of cyclists who have joined the event this year. This is not a race, rather a charity cycling tour. Thus we would like to kindly ask for patience and support from all the citizens and drivers while we pass through villages and roads around Kosovo.”

This charity event raises funds for Action for Mothers and Children. “All the money raised through this event will support supply programs of Action for Mothers and Children to support the Neonatal Unit in UCCK which delivers care for premature babies” – states Arta Hasanaj, representative at Action for Mothers and Children, and continues: “Such interesting fundraising events will be organized in upcoming months and annually to support maternal and child health in Kosovo, and we are very grateful to all those who support such events.”

This event is an intiative of dy international cyclists living in Kosovo and is supported strongly by Eulex, Devolli Corporation, Uni Project, Sabaja, studio Drop and Pilot Bike.

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#runnerforhearts campaign raises Eur 1,500 in one week

Prishtina, 10 May 2015-

The fundraising campaign #runnerforhearts raised Eur 1,561.88 in one week through the running team AMCHEALTH.ORG. This team participated in Prishtina Half-Marathon on May 10, 2015 in 5km or 21km events.

“This is a big success to raise all this money in one week and have this team of runners participate in the international marathon” – states Mrika Aliu, the Executive Director of Acton for Mothers and Children. “As a project organized for the first time, AMC is very happy with the results achieved and the way it was welcome by contributors and members of team amchealth.org, as well as all the partners who initiated and coordinated the whole campaign – Bllok.org, Trembelat  and Intersport Kosova,” – adds Aliu.

This will become an annual event for upcoming years and Action for Mothers and Children announces that such interesting fundraising initiatives will come up in the future to support Action’s mission to save the lives of children and mothers in the Republic of Kosovo. The money raised will support Gynecology, Neonatology and Pediatric units in Kosovo.

Initiators of the “Runner for Hearts” event are studio Bllok.org, Trembelat, and is supported strongly by InterSport Kosova.

 

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“Run for Hearts” supports mothers and children

In order to raise money to help improve maternal and child health in Kosovo, as part of international Prishtina half-marathon, the fundraising event “Run for Hearts” is organised.

Prishtina, 3 Maj 2015-
As a result of high interest of marathons for the 2015 edition of Prishtina Half Marathon and goodhearted local and international participant, “Action for Mothers and Children” organises its fundraising event that will support AMC’s mission to help improve maternal and child health in Kosovo.

“Special events were citizens take part and join our cause is another fundraising tool that AMC uses and in this case I believe it is in line with the concept of Prishtina Half Marathon that takes part every May, to run for a good cause” – states Mrika Aliu, Executive Director of Action for Mothers and Children. She continues, “this year we will be having several fundraising events and AMC is very grateful to all those runners who on Prishtina half marathon day choose to buy the AMC T-shirt and run for hearts, with heart.”

To be part of Amchealth.org running team, interested runners can pass by our pop-up shop in front of the National Theatre in Prishtina every day until May 10 from 9.00 through 18.00, purchase the T-shirt for Eur 10, Eur 20, or more and run for hearts on the Prishtina Half-Marathon day on May 10, 2015.

Initiators of the “Runner for Hearts” event are studio Bllok.org, Trembelat, and is supported strongly by InterSport Kosova.

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Miss Elia Zaharia joins Action for Mothers and Children as Honorary Trustee

We are very pleased to announce that Miss Elia Zaharia – fiancé of Prince Leka of Albania – has joined Action’s Board of Trustees as an Honorary Member.

Elia Zaharia is the daughter of George Zaharia and Yllka Muji. Yllka Muji is the famous Albanian actress who was given the title of “Maestro of Arts” in recognition of her career in the National theatre. Elia is an actress who lived in Paris for 8 years and graduated from the University St. Danis. She was an actress of the Theatre of Paris in several plays. Besides her passion for theatre, Elia is also a singer and philanthropist and will soon be crowned as Princess of Albania.

Elia Zaharia is the President of the charity foundation “Queen Geraldine Foundation” which provides humanitarian support to families in poverty, orphans and children of all social strata of the population in need.

“It is an honor to accept your sincere invitation to join your esteemed board and serve as an honorary member in supporting your mission to improve the health of mothers and save children throughout our beloved Kosovo” – states the official confirmation received from the Albanian Royal office.

Action for Mothers and Children is honored to have Elia Zaharia join our Board of Trustees.

 

13 March 2015

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Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Ferizaj

In an official ceremony today, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Center open up in the Family Medicine Center II in Ferizaj. The center will provide much-needed direct education to women and their partners on many health topics including pregnancy and childcare. These centers have been made possible with the cooperation of the Department of Health and Social Welfare of the Municipality of Ferizaj, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Foundation and Action for Mothers and Children.

In the opening ceremony, Dr. Burim Karameta, Director of the Department of Health and Social Welfare, emphasized that such a center is crucial to our health institutions and improvement of maternal and child health through education. On this occasion Dr. Karameta re-emphasized the strong support of the Department of Health and Social Welfare for this initiative for AMC and FMC II in Ferizaj. Dr. Asllan Bajrami, director of the Main Family Medicine Center in Ferizaj declared that such initiatives are always welcome that will help improve healthcare provided for mothers and children. Representatives of AMC declared that establishment of such a center has been made possible through a lot of work and support of our US friends and will offer counseling and educational services for women and also their partners, in a comfortable room setting designed specifically in a colorful and warm environment.

A month ago, two Women’s Health Resource Centers were opened up in Prishtina, and today the third center is launched in Ferizaj. Action for Mothers and Children aims to expand such educational centers in other municipalities in the future as well to help improve mother and child health through educational programs and infrastructure.

The opening event today was closed with a cocktail and received massive media attention.

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Two Women’s Health Resource Centers opened in Prishtina

In Gynecology Obstetrics Clinic at UCCK, and Family Medicine Center IV in Prishtina, in an official ceremony, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Centers opened. These centers will provide much-needed direct education to women and their partners on many health topics including pregnancy and childcare. These centers have been made possible with cooperation with the Ministry of Health, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, Municipality of Prishtina, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Foundation.

On the opening of the center at UCCK, Dr. Imet Rrahmani, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kosovo emphasized that such a center is crucial to our health institutions. “The Ministry is supported by Action for Mothers and Children and is very grateful to their continuous support to improve maternal and child health in Kosovo.” Dr. Curr Gjocaj, the Executive Director at UCCK highlighted that it is a top priority for them to improve mother and child health, and such a center providing the much-needed education is very important.

Ms. Ardiana Bunjaku, Chair of the Board at Action for Mothers and Children stated that establishment of such a center has been made possible through a lot of work and support of our US friends and will offer counseling and educational services for women and also their partners.
Dr. Myrvete Pacarada, Director of Gynecology Unit at UCCK also expressed her gratefulness to Action for making possible such an infrastructure to educate women.

On the opening of Family Medicince Center number 4, the Director of Health and Social Welfare Department of Municipality of Prishtina brought to attention that reproductive health is the basis for a healthy society and as such it is our duty to make sure proper information and education is offered ahead.

The opening events were closed with a cocktail and received massive media attention.

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CRP/CBC equipment is delivered at Neonatology Unit

On 29 January 2015, Action for Mothers and Children and organizers of Cycle Kosovo for Children event were proud to deliver the CRP Hematology Analyzer, needed to save the lives of babies, to the Neonatology Unit at UCCK.

This equipment was purchased with money raised by Cycle Kosovo for Children in support of Action for Mothers and Children. The CRP Hematology Analyzer measures the severity of blood infections in babies, allowing for prompt antibiotic therapy, proper duration of antibiotics, and treatment follow-up. It’s highly efficient; the results are ready in 4 minutes, after a single blood draw. Use of this equipment is expected to decrease the infant mortality rate.

During the ceremony the director of Neonatology Unit expressed her sincere gratefulness to Action for Mothers and Children and organizers of CKC in securing this valuable equipment. The organizers of CKC expressed ongoing support for the work of the foundation. Representatives of Action for Mothers and Children declared that supply programs will improve the efficiency of healthcare services and save the lives of newborns. These efforts will always be at the heart of improving improve maternal and child health in Kosovo.

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230 more vials of Survanta medication arrive in Kosovo

The Action for Mothers and Children and its partner in USA, AmeriCares, are happy to announce that 230 more vials of Survanta medication are already in Neonatology Unit in University Clinical Center in Kosovo, covering the need for 2015. This expensive medication is donated to AmeriCares by Abbvie Laboratories in the USA.

Infants who experience respiratory distress lack sufficient amounts of surfactant – the liquid coats inside the lungs. Babies usually don’t start producing surfactant until a few weeks after they are born. Without enough surfactant the lungs collapse and premature babies cannot breathe. Thus, Survanta is vital for prevention and treatment of RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and reduces the infant mortality rate. This medication itself saved 192 babies during 2014.

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End-of-Year Letter from Action for Mothers and Children

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of 2014, we want to thank those around the world who have supported Action for Mothers and Children. As we get ready to do even better things for mothers and children in 2015, we ask you to continue your support.

Kosovo continues to have among the highest infant mortality rates in Europe with an ongoing desperate need for help to improve the healthcare for mothers and children.

Back in 2000, Kosovo’s perinatal mortality rate was 29 deaths per 1,000 births, far and away the highest rate in Europe. Today, the rate has dropped to 16 per 1,000 thanks to the ongoing work of many individuals and the concerted efforts of Action for Mothers and Children.

It was heartening to see donors supporting our foundation throughout 2014. In the year we are leaving behind, more than 300 children have been saved and more than 800 mothers have benefited from foundation’s programs designed in the forms of medical trainings, supplies, equipment, health research and education, in cooperation with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the support of corporate, international and individual donors. The purpose of applauding these figures is about the impact of your support and reflects our belief that humanitarian foundations cannot stand alone.

In our 2015 plan we will make sure that:
• premature babies at Neonatology Unit will not die in lack of Survanta medication,
• our research programs will be the basis for our advocacy efforts to make sure the voice of mothers and children for better healthcare is heard, and
• our Women’s Health Resource Center is expanding so that every mother has access to the information and care she needs.

2015 will find Action with a developed donor-relationship system based on transparency and regular communication, with a functional Medical Committee, and exciting fundraising events. Our central challenge in 2015 is to match the heroism of children striving to live with the good humanitarian intentions of our local and international donors.

Prospects for the future look better, but Action needs your continuous support. Please remember that AMC is a not-for-profit humanitarian foundation, which plays an important role in the lives of children and mothers in the Republic of Kosovo by developing better systems for their care.
As we share our 2014 accomplishments with you through this end of year letter, we look forward to your continuous support in the coming year.

Your help makes our mission more powerful and possible. With warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015!

AMC Board of Trustees & Staff

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Action for Mothers and Children Hosted a Local Conference on Health Reforms

As implementing partner of UNFPA, through funds of the initiative “Partnership for Improving Mother and Child Health” (UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO) financed by Luxembourg Government, AMC hosted the national conference on health reforms with the topic on Line Services as cornerstone for reforming the health system in Kosovo. The conference presented preliminary results on evaluation of human capacities and inventory of studies Gynaecology/Obstetrics and Neonatology hospitals in Kosovo and provided concrete concept note and policy briefs on efficient implementation of reforms for better healthcare delivery for mothers and children. More than 70 representatives medical institutions, civil society and international organizations attended the conference.

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The Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York hosted a fundraising event for AMC

On December 9, 2014 the Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Vlora Citaku hosted an informal benefit at her home supporting Action for Mothers and Children, jointly with Viosa and Richard Lukaj in New York. This event managed to support the forces of Action for Mothers and Children towards saving the lives of mothers and children in the Republic of Kosovo by sustainable programs that reduce infant mortality rate and improve healthcare for mothers.

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Albanian Film Week in New York supported Action for Mothers and Children

Besides its unique long week activity, AFW this year served as a fundraiser for the Action for Mothers and Children, aiding mothers and children with critical care needs in Kosova. Each ticket purchase donated $1 to AMC.

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The online platform of the center will come soon in three languages providing evidence-based information on pregnancy, newborn care, breastfeeding, da...

Cycle Kosovo for Children raises Eur 13,179.80 for mothers and children

This year’s event managed to raise Eur 13,179.80 through corporate sponsorships, individual online contributions and the raffle prizes during the en...

More than 30 nurses and midwifes benefit from the professional training and exchange of experiences with Georgia

Quality improvement initiatives, including the creation of Women’s Health Resource Centers, have led to dramatic improvements in survival rates for ...

The “Cycle Kosovo for Children” 2016 event started today

A group of 30 cyclists started their cycling tour this morning to raise funds for mothers and children in Kosovo....

The Coalition for Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights celebrates the international day to end obstetric fistula

The international day to end obstetric fistula, which is marked on May 23, is marked by the Coalition of Organizations for Reproductive Health and Rep...

The initial meeting of the Coalition of Organizations on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Rights is held

This Coalition, although at its initial phases, aims to improve the policy, legal framework and awareness on reproductive health and reproductive heal...

A New Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Mitrovica

The Center provides the much-needed counseling to women and their partners on antenatal and postnatal care. Participants are offered practical educati...

Phototherapy Lamps arrive in the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Prishtina

These lamps are essential in treating jaundice in children and today we delivered 5 phototherapy lamps. The purchasing and delivery of phototherapy la...

The story about Saving the Tiniest Babies in Kosovo

Over the past 10 years, the program has supplied more than 2,100 vials of the surfactant replacement drug to Kosovo valued at more than $1.4 million. ...

A New Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Sterpce

In an official ceremony today, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Center in the Municipality of Sterpce open up in the Family Medicine Center in D...

The screening for Retinopathy of Prematurity starts within NICU

AMC and UCCK sign a memorandum of cooperation which enables setting up the system for screening for retinopathy in premature babies, known as ROP. Alo...

An MoU with the Main Family Medicine Center in Mitrovica signed

The services of the Women’s Health Resource Center are becoming an integrated part of the day-to-day services of the primary care facilities and hel...

A memorandum of cooperation signed with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kosovo

his cooperation in particular makes it possible to build capacities among nurses and midwifes of the medicine centers where our Women’s Health Resou...

We welcomed representatives from the Australian Embassy & Permanent Mission, Vienna

Action for Mothers and Children has signed an agreement of cooperation with the Australian Embassy in January 2016, through their direct aid program, ...

Agreement signed with UNMIK

This agreement supports in particular the expansion of the services of Women’s Health Resource Center in the municipality of Shterpca. The Women’s...

Action for Mothers and Children represented at Kosovo Task Force for Cancer Control

Action for Mothers and Children participated in the 7th Balkan Symposium organized by LIV Hospital and Kosova Task Force for Cancer Control. The sympo...

AMC and FMC 2 Ferizaj visit the Albanian and Serbian communities in Sterpce

This visit aimed to discuss about opportunities to set up a new Women’s Health Resource Center in the municipality of Sterpce which can serve the co...

300 vials of Survanta medication arrive in Kosovo

The “Action for Mothers and Children” foundation and its partner in USA, AmeriCares, deliver 300 vials of Survanta medication to Neonatology Unit ...

Action for Mothers and Children joins the World Birth Defects Day

Action for Mothers and Children has been invited to join the World Birth Defects Day as a partner organization from Kosovo. Birth defects are common, ...

Agreement signed with Solidar Suisse in Kosovo

This agreement supports AMC’s efforts to help the set up of the neonatal referral system in Kosovo as well as to establish the network of Women’s ...

The next workshop with the medical staff in Ferizaj is held

In today’s workshop we discussed about “Psychological and Physical preparation for labor” and “The importance of breastfeeding.” The worksho...

End of Year Letter

As we approach the end of 2015, we want to thank those around us who have supported Action for Mothers and Children! 2015 has been an exciting year at...

Action for Mothers and Children and the March of Dimes Foundation

Action for Mothers and Children (AMC) follows March of Dimes mission example and the two organizations mark their second year of close cooperation in ...

Fundraising Event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” raises €23,890.00

Over 300 people attended the fundraising dance event “Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children” on December 3. The event took place at Sheshi 21 in ...

Young Men and Women attend classes at Women’s Health Resource Center

The group of young men and women who will attend the educational sessions on women’s health at the Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC) has been ...

Dartmouth Hosts a Reception for AMC

The Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth hosted a reception for representatives and friends of Action for Mothers and Children. D...

Grant Agreement signed with WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Action for Mothers and Children enter a grant agreement towards strengthening and empowering the Women’s Hea...

A Memorandum of Cooperation for Pap-Smear tests is signed

Prishtina, August 1, 2015- As a result for the higher need for regular pap-smear tests for women, the NGO “Down Syndrome Kosova” and Action for Mo...

Bank Street Charity Invitational raises more than $100,000 for 12 Charities

Prishtina, 31 July 2015- Bank Street Group, a leading investment banking firm serving the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, hosted the...

A workshop from the team of Women Health Resource Center held in Ferizaj

The Family Medicine Training Center in Ferizaj and Action for Mothers and Children organised the one-day workshop on “Physical and Psychological pre...

“Action for Mothers and Children” becomes member of KOMF coalition

“Action for Mothers and Children” has been voted to become member of this coalition. The mission of KOMF is protection and security of children’...

“Cycle Kosovo for Children” raised around Eur 15,000 for mothers and children

This event managed to raise approximately Eur 15,000 through corporate donations, indivudal online contributions and the auction and ruffle activities...

The “Cycle Kosovo for Children” event started today

A group of 20 cyclists started their cycling tour today to raise funds for mothers and children. Today, a group of around 20 cyclists started their cy...

#runnerforhearts campaign raises Eur 1,500 in one week

The fundraising campaign #runnerforhearts raised Eur 1,561.88 in one week through the running team AMCHEALTH.ORG. This team participated in Prishtina ...

“Run for Hearts” supports mothers and children

In order to raise money to help improve maternal and child health in Kosovo, as part of international Prishtina half-marathon, the fundraising event ...

Miss Elia Zaharia joins Action for Mothers and Children as Honorary Trustee

“It is an honor to accept your sincere invitation to join your esteemed board and serve as an honorary member in supporting your mission to improve ...

Women’s Health Resource Center opens up in Ferizaj

In an official ceremony today, the doors of Women’s Health Resource Center open up in the Family Medicine Center II in Ferizaj. The center will prov...

Two Women’s Health Resource Centers opened in Prishtina

In Gynecology Obstetrics Clinic at UCCK, and Family Medicine Center IV in Prishtina, in an official ceremony, the doors of Women’s Health Resource C...

CRP/CBC equipment is delivered at Neonatology Unit

On 29 January 2015, Action for Mothers and Children and organizers of Cycle Kosovo for Children event were proud to deliver the CRP Hematology Analyze...

230 more vials of Survanta medication arrive in Kosovo

The Action for Mothers and Children and its partner in USA, AmeriCares, are happy to announce that 230 more vials of Survanta medication are already i...

End-of-Year Letter from Action for Mothers and Children

As we approach the end of 2014, we want to thank those around the world who have supported Action for Mothers and Children, as we get ready to do even...

Action for Mothers and Children Hosted a Local Conference on Health Reforms

As implementing partner of UNFPA, through funds of the initiative “Partnership for Improving Mother and Child Health” (UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO) fina...

The Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo in New York hosted a fundraising event for AMC

On December 9, 2014 the Consul General of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Vlora Citaku hosted an informal benefit at her home supporting Action for Mothe...

Albanian Film Week in New York supported Action for Mothers and Children

Besides its unique long week activity, AFW this year served as a fundraiser for the Action for Mothers and Children, aiding mothers and children with ...