In Autumn 2016, Deputy Minister of Health Mevludin Krasniqi called upon the Swiss Chamber of Commerce to offer training for his country’s nursing staff.
After the war
Kosovo’s healthcare system underwent numerous difficulties after the war. At the end of the 90s, medical staff lacked practical experience and both its treatment methods and knowledge had become obsolete. Infrastructure was outdated and in a pitiful condition, due to a lack of acquisitions and renovation. Although nowadays basic care is always provided, both secondary and tertiary healthcare services continue to be problematic.
At the dawn of change
To partly solve this issue, Deputy Minister of Health Mevludin Krasniqi and other civil servants from Kosovo’s Ministry of Health, received last September a delegation from the Switzerland-Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, presided over by Stefan Sarkany. They had the opportunity to discuss cooperation in the matter of professional training for nurses working at the country’s clinical centre.
After a few visits and discussions with health professionals, Mr Sarkany expressed his desire to support a cooperation project between Kosovo and the Haute École de la Santé in Geneva which would be exclusively responsible for training nurses. This would bring improvement to the professional skills of nurses and to various medical infrastructures, and furthermore, would take into account the need to improve internal communication and management skills.
Swiss support in Kosovo
As he highlighted that without education there can be no development, Mr Krasniqi assured that the Ministry of Health as well as care facilities in Kosovo would be willing to cooperate and carry out projects based on Swiss professional expertise. Mr Sarkany affirmed he was aware that nursing staff in Kosovo needed an adapted professional training structure, and that he was ready to carry out this project.
After the meeting, Prime Minister Rahman thanked the Swiss authorities for their support in Kosovo as well as their will to work together on a real project which shows real promise.
Cooperation has its limits
Despite the benefits of this cooperation, it’s important to pay special attention to its impact on humanitarian aid. Even the most commendable actions can create complications. Such initiatives generally have consequences on social, economic and cultural conditions in the regions that benefit from aid. They are applied in a context of crisis and therefore are vulnerable to the interests of local and international political actors.
Unfortunately, there is no single solution for establishing sustainable aid in all situations. However, various criteria improve efficacy: aid must respond to the true needs of the victims and encourage a participatory approach. It must also prioritise local resources over imports from other areas.
It also ought to be remembered that humanitarian aid alone will never solve all crisis situations, which can be overrun by political issues. It’s up to the international community to mobilise itself with the aim of dealing with any other potential complications.