Children’s health has generally improved in the recent past, but pre-schools have virtually disappeared since the end of the Communist government in 1991.
The majority of Albanians complete the nine years of mandatory school, but education quality has fallen, especially in rural areas. We are working to make sure every child has a quality education.
We work in partnership with young people to help them prepare for the challenges ahead, and with government and civil society to ensure youth issues are high on the national agenda.
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is low in Albania, but the country has all the risk factors for a dangerous escalation of the epidemic. Our work focuses on prevention, especially among young people.
Many of the serious problems facing children – trafficking, violence, inter-family revenge killings – were unknown until recently, and social services have few resources for dealing with them.