EUROPEAN UNION – ALBANIA 5 th Sub-committee Meeting internal market and competition. Tirana, on 08 April 2014. 4.1 Consumer Protection Progress in legislative alignment and enforcement, including the Consumer Protection Strategy and legislation on cosmetics and medical devices.
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Tirana, on 08 April 2014
4.1 Consumer Protection Progress in legislative alignment and enforcement, including the Consumer Protection Strategy and legislation on cosmetics and medical devices
The first Drugs National Report is published in English by the Institute of Public Health in July 2013. The second Drugs National Report is in the final stages and it is expected to be concluded within March 2014.
During the period September 2013 - January 2014 more than 200 GPs were trained on cancer control and clinical breast examination (CBE) in 9 accredited 2 day courses (IPH, UH). More than 100 Nurses were trained as well in 4 courses. Around 50 Health educators were trained in the same topics in 2 courses.
A large program on systematic ‘health check ups’ is in final stages of drafting at MOH and early detection activities for breast cancer and cervical cancer are also included in this program. It is planned to be launched at primary health care services within October 2014.
BESSY Project (Blood Ethical good for Social capital and Safety) has continued. This project is funded by the IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Program”. The period of implementation is March 2011-February 2014. The following outputs have been achieved:
Another project in this field is the project for the prevention of infection transmission through safer blood and components, which was funded by Italian Albanian debt for development. The objectives of the projects are:
For the creation of e-health, the Ministry of Health is negotiating with the World Bank for a comprehensive credit where the e-health component is an integral part of the negotiation package.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with some of its institutions of dependency has started creating some projects in the field of informatisationof the health system:
- a two-day workshop on dates 11 and 12 June, 2013, with the theme ''Organization and Functioning of Mental Health Institution''. In this workshop, held at Hotel DORO CITY, Tirana, were invited 5 TAIEX experts to share their experiences regarding the organization and functioning of mental health institutions, while the registered Albanian participants were at around 20, representing various institutions, both public and nonpublic, operating in the field of mental health.
-an Expert Mission on the assessment of the establishment of a Medical Institute for Treatment of Mentally Ill Detainees from TAIEX, from 13 – 17 January 2014. The aim of the meeting was a long-term assessment for the establishment of the specialized Medical Institute for the Treatment of Mentally-ill Detainees to support the Ministry of Health in the preparation of the feasibility study and advise during design preparation.
Non Communicable diseases
an Expert Mission onidentifying the priorities and designing actions in the fields of Cardiovascular Disease Control (CVD) On January 20 to 22 2014 , with the support of TAEIX , has visited Tirana MarkkuPeltonen, expert of the European Commission in the framework of the mission the identification of priorities and designing action / interventions in the field on cardiovascular disease control. the expert had several meetings with representatives of Ministry of Health, IPH, and HII and Albanian Association of Cardiologist During the meeting , it was presented the situation and the measures taken so far on the control and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, during the discussions with representatives of IPH, MOH, National Association of Cardiology and the School of Public Health ( meeting held on 21 and 22 January), the expert presented the best practices on the monitoring of cardiovascular disease and measures on prevention of the cardiovascular disease. On completion of the mission, the expert submitted a report which will serve as a basis for actions to be undertaken from IPH and MoH on this area
an Expert Mission on integrated Mosquitoes Control in Coastal Wetlands of Albania. This mission aims at preparing and establishing an Integrated Mosquitoes Control (IMC) plan in coastal wetlands of Albania. This IMC plan will be based on a Biological Control (BC) program and will define appropriate interventions for controlling mosquitoes of nuisance and public health importance while preserving biodiversity and mitigating chemical contamination of the environment. Measures will be defined in accordance to recommendations of ECDC, WHO Europe and EMCA, and with Biocidal Product Directive 98/8 EU and Biocidal Product Regulation No 528/2012 EU.