Gender Lens in Non-Communicable Diseases Care Delivery

On 4 March 2024, experts convened to advocate for enhanced gender perspective in healthcare. At a roundtable organized in Gjakova, professionals from various public and civil society entities raised awareness specifically on the importance of gender perspective in NCD prevention and management.

The roundtable commenced with special remarks by Mrika Aliu, a Public Health Specialist with regional experience, who underscored the importance of integrating gender perspectives in NCD prevention and management. Dr. Sebahate Pacolli Krasniqi and Dr. Sevdie Spahiu of the National Institute of Public Health presented compelling data from 2022, shedding light on the gender-specific trends in NCDs in Kosovo. Mark Kaqinari, Senior Legal Advisor at the Ombudsperson Institution, emphasized the profound impact of gender on health and human rights, whereas Besim Kodra of the Patients’ Right Association of Kosovo, stressed the importance of ensuring equitable access to care for all NCD patients.

The Director of the General Hospital of Gjakova, Mr. Hilmi Shala, stated: “Let us use this as an opportunity to examine the profound impact our joint efforts can have on the health and well-being of our communities. Together we can do a lot for a future where gender mainstreaming in healthcare is not just an aspiration but a reality. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by non-communicable diseases, so that they receive the care and attention that should be given.

The round table concluded with a brainstorming session on actionable steps for collaboration among public institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), media, and hospital care providers. Participants engaged in discussions, exchanging ideas on how to promote a gender lens in NCD care delivery and foster collaboration across sectors.