About WHO Centre for Health Development
“Innovations for sustainable universal health coverage”
To research and foster innovative solutions and translate them into policies and actions to achieve sustainable universal health coverage, in particular for ageing populations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development, also referred to as the “WHO Kobe Centre”, was established in Kobe, Japan in 1995 by the WHO Executive Board to be a global centre conducting research on the consequences of social, economic, and environmental change and its implications for health policies. The Centre is fully part of WHO’s Headquarters in Geneva.
The Centre further supports technical cooperation, capacity building and the exchange of information on evidence and best practices. While fulfilling its global mandate, it also responds to local interests and needs, utilizing international knowledge and experience where appropriate, as well as drawing on local and national expertise for global application.