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Kosova’s Response to Ethnic Segregation in Health Care and its Challenges in Peace

Author(s): A. A. Gashi1
Affiliation(s): 1Ministry of Health, Government of Kosova, Prishtina, Kosovo
Summary (max 100 words):

Kosova’s health system was the first target of Belgrade’s repressive regime with severe long term health consequences for the majority of the population. Kosova’s response towards the introduction of ethnic segregation in the official health system was an appeal to its citizens to support and establish an entire parallel health system and a strong charitable network. As a consequence of the ethnic segregation in official health institutions, access to quality care services was reduced and sometimes refused. The health situation of the population deteriorated and there were sudden outbreaks of diseases eradicated for many decades. Post war reconstructions of physical health infrastructure was faster then the change of behaviour of medical professional in post-war environment and new challenges are still ahead in the newly independent state of Kosova.

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