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Cooperation: Albania, drug addiction treatment centre opened

A new drug addiction treatment centre has been opened in Tirana at the Mother Theresa Hospital, the country’s largest, in the presence of Health Minister Vasili.

The centre, the first of its kind in Albania, was built through a joint programme by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It also received funding of nearly 200,000 euros from Italian Development Cooperation.

As the Italian Ambassador mentioned in his address, this is not just a contribution by Italy to the fight against drug trafficking, but also a further proof of our country’s support for the Albanian health sector. Minister Vasili made the same point in his opening speech, during which he expressed his warmest thanks to Italy.

This support, as the recent opening of the Italian-Albanian “Salus” hospital in Tirana demonstrates, now involves the private sector and local authorities as well as central government. In fact, the “Salus” was built through private investment with the support of Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region.