Albanian Center for Population and Development

The Albanian Center for Population and Development is a non for profit association managed by volunteers who work for the improvement of the wellbeing and health of all the population in Albania, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized groups, through advocacy for the improvement of legislation and policies in the field of reproductive health and rights. ACPD is member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. It is also member of the Reproductive Health Coalition In Albania, the Coalition for the promotion of participation of women and girls in politics and decision – maiking. ACPD has created sustainable partnerships with organizations as:

  • UNFPA
  • UNICEF
  • WOMENKIND WORLDWIDE
  • Institute of Public Health
  • Municipalities in districts
  • IPPF
  • Olof Palme etj.

The Albanian Center for Population and Development has its branches in some districts as Tirana, Vlora, Shkodra.

Training with health care providers on Helping Mothers Survive: Bleeding after Birth.
With the aim to build the skills and knowledge of health care providers during the postnatal period and to avoid maternal death, ACPD with the support of UNFPA Albania conducted two training with gynecologists, nurses and midwives in Elbasan and Lezha districts on 28 September and 18 October. The training applied interactive methodologies allowing participants to give their inputs, and exchange experiences and knowledge among each other. All participants were enabled to provide care to mother after giving birth and how to manage a postpartum hemorrhage which is life-threating for her. Participants agreed that the government should ensure having better policies and implementation plans in place for saving the lives of mothers including protocols for bleeding after delivery. The evaluation process shows that this training delivery was effective: 1) service providers acquired competencies for saving the lives of mothers and manage the bleeding after birth; and 2) the knowledge and skills of participants improved from 60% to 85%. Participants started to implement the learnings by providing quality postnatal care for mothers.
“This was a great training for me and my colleagues. I believe it will serve at our professional skills and it helps not only us as healthcare providers but and new mothers too” said Dr Anisa, part of Maternity Hospital of Elbasan.
This training was accredited with 6 credits.
Training: “Helping babes Survive: Basic care for the babes.”
Elbasan and Lezha welcomed on 29 September and 19 October the training conducted by Albania Centre for Population and Development with support of UNFPA Albania. This training was focused on the survival of the newborns and the basic care for them. This training was based on guidelines approved by the American Association “LDS Charities”
Participants appreciated this training considering it as a very crucial for their professional development and growth and above all for enabling them to provide essential care for mothers and newborns. Adult learning techniques (combining the theory with practice, presentations, role plays, small working groups etc.) allowing all participants to be part of the training.
The evaluation process shows that this training delivery was effective: 1) service providers acquired competencies for providing essential care for newborns and how to create safe environments; and 2) the knowledge and skills of participants improved from 70% to 90%.
This training was accredited with 6 credits.

In the framework of “Speak it out load” on  4-5 October, 2018, Albanian Centre for Population and Development organized in Shkodra city, a two days training “ A practice approach to gender based violence”. 23 health center staff (doctors and nurses) was informed and raised their capacity to answer needs of women, girls, children and each individual who are victims of violence. This training aim was to firstly, sensitize health services staff to treat gender based violence as problem of public health and violation of human rights and secondly, to know and enforce the legislation.

On 22 September 2018, Albanian Center for Population and Development organzised the forum “HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER TRANSFORMATIVE APPROACHES, CITIZENSHIP, EVOLVING CAPACITY AND SEX POSITIVITY”, part of  “Empower children and young people to a free physical-sexual and emotional life” project supported by IPPF EN, with participation of 23 youths aged 16-24 years old. 15 young people, part of this forum were further engaged in discussing the future of  CSE  in their area and inclusion of other young people.

Two day training (18-19 July) about Family Planning was organized in Fier city, with the participation of 26 health professionals (doctors and nurses). The result of this interactive training was health professionals who reported to have access around 200 individuals about family planning and contraceptive methods counseling.

In the framework of the project: “Enabling women workers in garment manufactures to exercise and advance their labour rights”, implemented by Aulona Center in Vlore, with the support of the Olof Palme International Center, with Swedish government funds, there are realized a total of 8 workshops with the participation of 198 women and girls workers in the shoes manufacturing enterprises of Vlora city.

The women and girls participants have heard for the first time what are their labour rights, how to address and monitor labour issues, where to go and how to report in case of disagreements with the employer. Following the workshops, 7 out of 198 of them have requested help at the Aulona Center, and have been assisted for addressing labour issues such as: unpaid health and social insurance, minimal wage, pre and post natal leave, sick leaves etc .

On 22 June, the Albanian Center for Population and Development organized a meeting that gathered a number of important actors to discuss the contraception situation in Albania. An important part of this meeting was

  • Marina Davidashvili, Representative of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development,
  • Parliamentary Group on Population and Development in the Albanian Parliament led by the MP, Elona Gjebrea,
  • Representative from the United Nations Population Fund Office in Albania, UNFPA Albania,
  • representatives from the Institute of Health Public
  • Albania Center for Population and Development Staff.

The meeting opened with the greeting speech of the Deputy, Elona Gjebrea. She expressed the parliamentary engagement on issues related to access to modern contraceptive methods by becoming part of the policy agenda. Mrs. Marina Davidashvili presented the second edition of Atlas on the contraception situation in Europe. Mrs. Miranda Hajdini, Public Health Institute, spoke about the use of Contraceptives in Albania and Family Planning. Also, Mr. Rabiaj, as part of the Executive Board of the Albanian Center for Population and Development, spoke about the contribution of the ACPD to the issues of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Conference in the framework of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
Institute of Public Health, in collaboration with Ministry of Health and with UNFPA and ACPD support, in the framework of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week organized a conference with representatives of Health Care Centers of Tirana, Fieri and Dibra.
During the conference the latest developments of cervical cancer control in primary health care, gained experience and future plans were presented.
This conference was organized on January 26, 2018 at Hotel Tirana International.

The Albanian Center for Population and Development, with the support of UNFPA, organized on December 1st an informative activity on the occasion of the International Day Against HIV / AIDS. This activity was attended by ACPD volunteers and students from Nursing Faculty – University of Tirana and Aldent University.

This activity was opened by Mrs. Lida Grabova, executive director of the Albanian Center for Population and Development, who presented to the students the engagement that ACPD has in the fight against HIV / AIDS and the activities being organized. She also presented a video compiled by ACPD in the framework of the Sustainable Development Objectives, where is also included Objective 3, point 3.3, which aims to reduce the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

Then Mrs. Marjeta Dervishi, representative of the Department of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Control, Institute of Public Health, informed the students about the current situation of people affected by HIV / AIDS in Albania. She announced that voluntary testing is low and public awareness of the early diagnosis still remains a challenge.

Representative of the STOP AIDS Center, Mr. Dritan Kamani presented to the students the services that this organization provides for prevention of HIV / AIDS to vulnerable groups, such as: injecting drug users, inmate population, MSM community, sex workers and youth in the framework of the principles of Harm Reduction./ Providing information on the importance of HIV / AIDS testing.

Then Ms. Olimbi Hoxhaj, representative of the Albanian Association of Persons Living with HIV / AIDS (PJHA), not only providing information to the students for the services that this facility provides for people diagnosed with HIV / AIDS, but became more practical in the presentation of difficulties that these people face during everyday life, mostly as a cause of the mentality of society.

The meeting was followed by a question / answer discussion on all the uncertainties / curiosities that participants had on the topic of HIV / AIDS. During this discussion participants expressed the need for greater involvement of the state in cooperation with civil society, for the support of people living with HIV as well as community awareness for not stigmatizing people with HIV. There was also a need to increase public information to prevent cases of HIV infection. This meeting was closed with an invitation for all participants in order to establish future collaborations with actors in the field.

Aulona Center/ACPD branch in Vlora city organized an awareness campaign “Leave no one behind, end violence against women and girls” on the occasion of 25th of November 2017, the starting day of the 16th Day of activism. The activity was supported by local NGOs and state institutions member of the Referral Mechanism against Violence such as Vlora Municipality, Youth Center, Police Department, Public Health Directory which brought their posters and informative materials. The volunteers of the Center and activist in orange T-shirt, disseminated IEC materials related to GBV and domestic violence and bullying. Aulona Center psychologist gave an interview for the local media. The link of the TV programs are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO41R5sFeIA&t=44s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5mje6cOGiU&feature=youtu.be

Two-days workshop with members of the Referral Mechanism for the treatment of gender-based and domestic violence’ cases in Korça.

UNFPA Albania, UNFPA EECARO and East European Institute for Reproductive Health (EEIRH), in collaboration with UNDP Albania  and coordinated by the Albanian Centre for Population and Development, an implementing partner of UNFPA, organized in Korça on 23 and 24 October, a two-days workshop on: “Strengthening the multi-sectoral service provision to gender-based and domestic violence victims/survivors”.

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In the framework of the project finannced by UNFPA for 2017, Aulona Center has realized the first two day training of trainers with the COMBAT team of young people (activist for women/girls rights and against gender discrimination). The training was held with 20 boys of age 16-17, student of the “Qemal Ataturk” high school on 31st of May and 1st of June 2017. The topics of the training were: gender stereotypes and gender role, the work division, the protection mechanisme against SGBV, social services, participation of women in decision making, leadership and women in albanina politics, the tree of logical thinking/reasons, the matrix of the allies and oponents, the game of the actors network etc.
A success story Albania – introduction of the comprehensive sexuality education at pre-university level of education; its promotion among parents, community and media; long term efforts of ACPD with the support of IPPF in collaboration with UNFPA and partners in this regards; ensuring support of the Ministry of Education and Sports.
These were the key points ACPD shared through presentations and working groups with the conference participants.

Sexuality Education: Lessons Learned and Future Developments in the WHO European Region – International Conference, Berlin May 2017 .

In the frame of the project ” Empowerment of young people to act on their rights in rural areas of Tirana and Shkodra” funded by EU and supported by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes, ACPD staff organized four two-days training with teachers of 9 years schools in Rural areas in Tirana and Shkodra.
60 teachers in total were informed about the laws protecting human rights, specifically children’s rights.

In the frame of the project ” Empowerment of young people to act on their rights in rural areas of Tirana and Shkodra” funded by EU and supported by Save the Children and Terre des Hommes, ACPD joined the camapign “Act now” on the occassion of International Children’s Day. 20 NGO were part of the march with the aim to address many issues that concern children and CSO’s working with and for them in Albania.

Independent Women Forum of Novosela had a meeting on 31st of March 2017 to discuss about the priority needs of this communities to be addressed at the MP candidates of the June 2017 National Elections.

The activity is realized in the framework of the project “Women and girls of rural areas, agent of change in the community” financed by Olof Palme International Center with the support of the Swedish Government.

The Independent Women Forum of Qendra Administrative Unit got together on 23rd of March 2017 to discuss about the priority needs of the 12 villages of this area and voted for the two most important issues which were the water supply sistem for Bestrove and Babice e Vogel and the road infrastructure for Kanina, Hoshtima and Xhuherina villages. For this issues would be advocated at the MP candidates during the electoral campaigns approaching soon. Realized in the framework of the project “Women and girls of rural areas, agent of change in the community” financed by Olof Palme International Center with the support of the Swedish Government.

The theatre play “Cinnamon” performed on 13 March 2017 at the Cultural Palace in Vlora, gave strong messages against discrimination and raise awareness for human rights of roma and egyptian communities.
The activity is realized on the framework of the project “Boosting Roma and Egyptian commitment to voice their needs”- with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Tirana.

As closing activity of the project “Boosting roma and Egyptian communities to voice their needs” realized with support of the USA Embassy of Tirana, it is realized on 24th of March 2017 the Public Debate between roma and egyptian communities with the representatives of the Vlora Municipality for the two priority needs: Housing and Social Economic issues that this communities face. The activity is realized in cooperation with the organization “En equal Roma and Egyptian voice in the Vlora community” and found an echo in the local media.
The Novosela Independent Women Forum on occasion of International’s Women Day organized a campaign in support of women’s right under the slogan #BeBoldForChange. Gender equality is a prerequisite for alleviation of poverty, forging sustained development and building up good governance.
#SheDecides, #IWD2017, IPPF European Network, #empoweringruralwomen

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