Kosovo’s Minister of Health, Dr Imet Rrahmani gave a public lecture at the LSE on the revival of Kosovo’s health system.
Dr Rrahmani gave a detailed overview of the country’s health sector and the efforts to rebuild services following years of conflict in the 1990s.
The Minister highlighted challenges including potential future shortages of medical staff due to migration and frustrated efforts to curb high smoking prevalence. He emphasised the need for improved access to information to inform policy and planning and to monitor future performance.
LSE Health’s Dr Arjan Gjonca responded to the Ministers speech, applauding the Minister’s strategic focus on mental health and maternal and child health, and his efforts to reinvigorate the system overall. Dr Gjonca warned that little success was likely without an increase in the Kosovan health budget, currently only 2.8% of GDP.
The Minister’s presentation was part of a week-long visit to the UK by a delegation from the Ministry, facilitated by LSE Health. The Minister and his team met with key UK health stakeholders including Public Health England, NICE and Healthcare UK.
Read the Kosovan Ministry of Health Event Press Release.