OUR TEAM

Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing (CCHW) is a national organization in Albania that focuses on initiatives that boost community involvement and raise standards of living.

Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing (CCHW) is a national organization in Albania that focuses on initiatives that boost community involvement and raise standards of living. The CCHW seeks to promote health and quality of life in the Albanian community through educational interventions, promotion, communication, counselling, assessment, psychosocial support, and integration of vulnerable groups.

The main areas of work of CCHW are Community Participatory Activities, Health Promotion, Training, Research and Evaluation/Assessment. CCHW has participated as an intervention country in the following European projects (Horizon 2020): “ImpleMentAll. Towards evidence-based tailored implementation strategies for eHealth” (2017-2021) and “Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings: MENTUPP” (2020-2024).

Project Staff

Arlinda Cerga Pashoja

Arlinda Cerga Pashoja:

BSc, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor in Global Mental Health

Arlinda is a mental health academic with a background in psychology and a special interest in the development, evaluation and implementation of digital interventions for mental health. She is working at the Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Tirana, as well as St Mary’s

University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Arlinda has been working both clinically and academically in the field of mental health for the last two decades and has successfully led several EU projects as PI.

Gentiana Qirjako

PhD in Public Health
Executive Director of the Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Prof. Gentiana Qirjako is the Head of the Department of Public Health of the University of Tirana’s Faculty of Medicine, and the Head of the Health Promotion unit at the national Institute of Public Health. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the Community Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Albania.

She has long experience in Public Health research, leading as Principal Investigator in several important population-based surveys conducted in Albania in the field of violence, child and adolescent health, mental health, reproductive health, nutrition, etc.

MSc. Arilda Dushaj

MSc. Arilda Dushaj

Group Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist

Arilda Dushaj holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and has completed post-graduate training in group psychotherapy at the London Institute of Group Analysis.

She has been offering individual, group, and couple’s therapy to young people and adults in her own private practice for the past five years.

In line with her clinical work, since 2021 she is part of CCHW team as a research officer for the MENTUPP project (Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Occupational Settings). Also, as a young researcher, she has contributed to different studies with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health, e-mental health, online interventions, and general health-related themes.