Collaborating centres

Networks of WHO collaborating centres

In January 2000, the Executive Board urged the Member States to make full use of WHO collaborating centres as sources of information, services and expertise, and to strengthen their own national capacity for training, research and collaboration for health development. At the same time, it encouraged centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO's support.

Networks of collaborating centres have been created in many technical areas. For examples please see the following links:

"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 21/Mar/2017, the Clinical Engineering Dept., IRCCS S. Matteo Hospital Foundation, Pavia, Italy, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management. More information

On 21/Mar/2017, the Health Interventions Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Monitoring and Training for Malaria Control and Elimination. More information

On 30/Mar/2017, the Healthcare Services and Systems Research Unit, Department of Public Health, Division of Clinical Methods and Public Health, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Quality and Equity in Primary Health Care Systems. More information