The poor and underprivileged in Northern Albania lack decent healthcare. The majority of poor people cannot afford a doctor’s visit, blood tests, medications as well as other medical examination and treatment. They are suffering from preventable diseases.
Over 12764 Gypsies in the city of Shkoder live in extreme poverty and lack of medical care. As a result child mortality rate is five time higher among gypsies than the rest of the Albanian population. 67% of the gypsies interviewed said, they have never been in a doctor’s office for lack of money. Gypsies are discriminated and are not treated in the hospitals because they are often unclean and have not done their immunizations.
In 2017 we gave free medical service to over 800 gypsies in the region of Shkoder. 95% of them said that they have never seen a doctor for lack of money. 70% of the children who received the medical check up suffered from preventable diseases
their parents didn’t know they had. Because of the medical treatment these children got in 2017 and 2018 their health has improved drastically.
In the first six months of 2018 we have given free medical treatment to over 250 children and widows. We would like to continue the service in 2018 and 2019 as we can see the need is great. Doctors and other medical professionals donate their time to do the examinations.
A gift of 50$ will provide general check-up and medication to one child.
If you are a doctor and would like to be part of a medical mission team please contact us.