September 25, 2019, Pristina

For the first time in Kosovo, the two-day international workshop WIC Health Policy Workshop was organized by Wennberg International Collaborative, Action for Mother and Children, Solidar Suisse Kosovo and Heimerer College. This workshop was held on 24 and 25 September at Heimerer College in Prishtina where it brought together health care experts, policymakers and civil society representatives from the country, the region and the world.

The workshop was opened by David Goodman from Wennberg International Collaborative (via Skype), Ilir Hoxha from Solidar Suisse, George Little – Neonatal Referral System Advisor and Stephanie Tomlin from Wennberg International Collaborative. During the first day different topics were presented and discussed in four different sessions with a focus on perinatal care and newborn care.

This workshop had three main objectives: To allow policymakers, civil society, advocacy groups and researchers in Kosovo and some other Balkan countries (Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro) to discuss how data can be used effectively in the policy-making process; To enable researchers from Kosovo and other Balkan countries to share their work with one another in order to be used to inform policy decisions; Discuss and develop solutions to the most pressing health policy issues related to maternal and child health and health care workers in Kosovo and the region.

The WIC Health Policy Workshop continued in the second phase with a training on ‘Variation in Medical Practices’ attended by about 30 people from the country and the region.