While considerable efforts are being made to bring about a sustained economic recovery in Kosovo and there are signs of progress, the situation is bleak compared with the Netherlands. Unemployment is high, the average wage is low and, in terms of healthcare, the country still has a long way to go.
Wealthy people who need healthcare seek treatment at private clinics or go abroad for treatment and pay for their medical examinations and any medication they need. Those who are poor have no choice. Physicians do what they can with the limited resources at their disposal, but they often have only the most basic drugs and medical equipment.
Many people cannot afford to pay for life-saving medication, such as cytostatic drugs. So, up until 2013, children diagnosed with cancer that can be effectively treated, died if their parents were unable to pay for the drugs. In 2013 Care for Kosovo Kids started providing treatment and medication for these children.
Kosovo has more than 1.8 million inhabitants, most of whom are ethnic Albanians. More than half of the population is estimated to be under the age
of 25. The country is approximately a quarter the size of the Netherlands.