Collaborating centres

WHO collaborating centres

Over 700 institutions in over 80 countries supporting WHO programmes

WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes. Currently there are over 700 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.


Definition, history, functions and management.

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

Working together to coordinate activities and benefit from a global perspective.

WHO collaborating centres database

The official list of and source of information on the WHO collaborating centres.

Information for WHO collaborating centres

Administrative and legal information for proposed institutions

Case Studies

Examples of what WHO collaborating centres do.

Useful documents

"In everything we do, WHO relies on the expertise of hundreds of formal WHO Collaborating Centres, in your countries, and thousands of the best brains in science, medicine, and public health, in your countries. They give us their time freely and it is my strong impression that they do so with pride."
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, address to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly, 16 May 2011

Dr Margaret Chan


On 15/Sep/2015 the JW Lee Center for Global Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Educational Development . More information

On 22/Sep/2015, the Community Health Unit, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP) in Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland has been designated as a WHO collaborating centre for population-based cardiovascular research and prevention in populations in health transition. More information

On 22/Sep/2015, the Vaccine Preventable Bacteria Section, Respiratory and Vaccine Preventable Bacteria Reference Unit, Public Health England has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. More information