Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies (OSAAB) is a non-profit organisation created in 1996 with a mission to provide care to abandoned babies in Albania, as well as provide health education training to medical staff and new and expectant mothers. The program works cooperatively and in conjunction with the Queen Geraldine University Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Tirana, Albania.
OSAAB works with the maternity hospital to raise awareness within Albania of the “safe haven” existing within the maternity hospital for women with unwanted pregnancies. These efforts have resulted in annual decreases in the number of babies abandoned in the streets, or in the hospital, where the identity of the birth mother is not known.
On average babies remain in the maternity hospital for the first 2-3 months of their life prior to being moved to an orphanage to await adoption.
Since the program began in 1996, 685 abandoned babies have been provided care by OSAAB while they remain in the maternity hospital.