HealthRight International initiated the Tuberculosis Control Partnership Project in Kosovo in 1999 in response to the high rates of TB-related morbidity and mortality. The Project stressed the implementation of and compliance with the WHO recommended Directly Observed Treatment, Short-Course (DOTS). To improve case detection and treatment rates for TB, HealthRight implemented active TB case finding in minority (Roma and Serb) communities, and conducted knowledge, attitude, and practice surveys. Focusing on building the capacity of the local health system and community to treat and prevent the spread of TB, HealthRight provided trainings for health workers as well as school teachers, patients and families.
HealthRight launched its Deinstitutionalization Project in December of 2000, targeting children at Shtime and from the communities with special needs. HealthRight transitioned children living at SSI to community-based group homes and expanded rehabilitation activities to disabled children within the communities, providing education, health services, and rehabilitation. Thanks to HealthRight’s advocacy, many children now attend public school or receive special education. Through organized activities and rehabilitation, children have been gradually integrated into community life. The project serves as a model for deinstitutionalization and establishes protocols for the development of an effective Kosovar social welfare system.
In 2002, HealthRight developed a model for and established two Women’s Wellness Centers (WWCs) in Gjilan and Prizren to provide women with comprehensive health care throughout their reproductive lifespan. In 2007, HealthRight established its third WWC in partnership with the Main Family Medical Center in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital. All three Centers have since been transferred to the control of the Kosovo Ministry of Health.