Group care in Kosovo

Group care implementation sites in Kosovo


Main Family Medicine Center

Prizren is the second most populous city and municipality of Kosovo. The primary health care system includes 14 municipal family health centres and 26 health houses. The primary health sector has 475 employees, including doctors, nurses and support staff, 264 women and 211 men.

Births per year: ~ 2000. Population: ~ 186.000


Main Family Medicine Center

Lipjan is located in central Kosovo. It covers an area of approximately 422 km² and includes Lipjan town and 62 villages. The primary health care system currently includes one main municipal family health centre in town, four family health centres, and seven health houses in the surrounding villages. The health sector has 232 employees, including doctors, nurses and support staff.

Births per year: ~ 700. Population: ~ 56.643



The rapid assessment for Kosovo took place in the fall/winter of 2020.


After the rapid assessment, the group care model was adapted to the context at the implementation sites in Kosovo in collaboration with the local research team. The group care training took place in November 2021.


The first groups are planned to start


Results of the project are expected in 2024

Who will benefit from group care in Kosovo?

  • Women, their babies and partners in the municipalities of Lipjan and Prizren
  • Health care professionals facilitating group care in these two sites
  • General population


Are you interested in group care for pregnant women and postnatal group care for families? Please contact the research team in Kosovo: 

Ilir Hoxha MD, MS PhD

Ilir Hoxha MD, MS PhD, is a public health specialist and health services researcher with a longstanding interest in the role of health systems factors in the provision of health care. His research and professional interest have been associated with the effect of financial incentives and health financing structures in the provision of care, examination of barriers to access for care, quality of care assessment and the design of strategies and policies for health care improvements, in particular related to care of mother and children. He has received MD from the University of Prishtina, a MS in Health Systems Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Bern. He has completed a residency in public health at the National Institute of Public Health of Kosovo.

Vlorian Molliqaj

Country lead | WP 6 co-lead

Vlorian works as an Executive Director of Action for Mother and Children. He holds a Master Degree in Public Health Science with Health Economics from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Prior to joining AMC, he worked for three years with sickness benefits at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency in Gothenburg and at the Swedish National Institute for Institutional Care. Vlorian strives to implement projects and programs that improve the health system in Kosovo, specifically save lives and improve the health of mothers and children. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing table tennis and watching movies.

You can contact Vlorian at

Okarina Gorani

Okarina joined AMC team in June 2021. She studied Psychology in the University of Prishtina and currently she is a master’s student in the Learning Sciences programme at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Throughout her academic quest and prior work experiences, Okarina has shown her keenness to conduct research by being part of several research projects in the fields of clinical psychology, psycholinguistics and developmental psychology.

You can contact Okarina at:

Hana Buçinca

Hana joined the foundation Action for Mothers and Children as Program Officer in November 2018. She designs, implements and supervises projects in the public health domain that concern mothers and children wellbeing. Hana earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Pharmacy from Hacettepe University. Her skills in leadership, project management, scientific research and data analysis correspond to the experience she gained during her previous work in companies/institutions such as Excellentia Pharms in Prishtina, Kosovo Medicinal Agency (AKPPM), Molecular Pharmacology department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-New York, Market Access department at Novartis-Istanbul, Oncology department at Hacettepe University Hospitals-Ankara and Nanotechnology in Pharmaceutical Technology department at Hacettepe University-Ankara.

Albiona Beselica Beha

Albiona has completed a master's degree in health management, after graduating from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Prishtina. Albiona has joined the Action at the end of 2014 after her work in teaching at the Medical High School "Dr. Ali Sokoli ”, in Prishtina. Albiona is the trainer and leader of the Women's Health Resource Center project. She is once a facilitator of the Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting program and the author of the book "Mother's Diary - a guide for parents' steps".

Albiona can be contacted at