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 1/June/2016, the International Health Unit, Institute of Higiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT), University Nova of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Policy and Planning. More information

On 13/June/2016, the Epidemiology Unit, Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction. More information

On 21/June/2016, the School of Nursing, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Policy-Making and Leadership. More information