KOSOVO - Training for the maternity and neonatal units at two General Hospitals
Two major hospitals in Kosovo, the General Hospital Gjilan and the General Hospital Prizren, are taking important steps to improve healthcare services for new-borns and infants. The hospitals are the main providers of health care services for the newly born in their respective regions, including neonatal cases that require specialised care.
Although providing high-quality neonatal care can be challenging, especially when health professionals lack appropriate training and resources, significant progress has been made toward meeting EU standards through incremental improvements enabling health professionals to deliver the best possible care to their patients.
The Kosovo Doctors Chamber has partnered with the health sector support programme team through the Delegation Agreement for Funds and implementation (DAFI) to launch a programme aimed at equipping medical professionals in neonatal departments with the necessary skills and resources to provide high-quality care once the training needs have been identified.
The programme will be led by two experienced paediatricians and neonatologists from the two Clinical Hospital Centers Osijek and Zagreb and includes 32 participants. The main goal is to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses and midwives working in the maternity and neonatal units of the two hospitals in Gjilan and Prizren.
During the seven-day programme, in addition to theoretical lectures and hands-on training exercises in both hospitals, an assessment and evaluation of the current state of neonatal care will be conducted. This assessment will help identify areas for improvement and enable trainers to tailor training to the specific needs of each hospital. The programme will cover various aspects of neonatology, including preventive care, neonatal resuscitation, respiratory support and treatment of respiratory distress syndrome.
Participants will be provided with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to perform the procedures and operate with the equipment. Simulated scenarios to promote step-by-step learning and personal development will be presented. These scenarios also provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to practice teamwork, coordination and communication among team members resulting in improved emergency response skills.
The anticipated success of the programme demonstrates the critical role that neonatology and paediatrics departments play in improving patient outcomes and shows the importance of collaboration across health systems. Given the specialised nature of neonatal care, the theoretical and practical training of medical staff in Kosovo neonatal units will make an important contribution to improving neonatal care and outcomes in the Kosovo health system.
The health sector support programme in Kosovo (Phase II) is co-funded by the Government of Kosovo and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and implemented by the Kosovo Ministry of Health and LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency.↑ To the top