Disparities and inequalities persist among children living in poor families, rural and remote areas, and in Roma communities.
Limited expertise and resources have been allocated to the monitoring of child development and early detection of child development problems. Inadequate knowledge and skills of health care providers combined with inadequate resource-allocation affect the quality of Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) care.
Immunization coverage for children at over 97% is nearly universal. Although national immunization rates remain at satisfactory levels, a stronger focus on addressing the emerging vaccine hesitancy is required.
The Albanian health system needs serious revival and renewal to allow for adequate management and assessment of itself. Better statistics, regular health surveys and improved administrative data are needed to support evidence-based health policy and setting of priorities.