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Washington, D.C., 13 February, 2019 (PAHO) - Forty-six institutions from nine countries of the Americas collaborate with programs of the Department of Health Systems and Services, on areas such as nursing, health technologies, medicines, primary health care, bioethics, health science education, among others. According to a recently published report, there are 190 active PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres in 16 countries in the Americas.

“Working with the collaborating centres is a great opportunity for our technical areas to carry out joint research, build capacities in countries across the Region, and support the regional agenda to advance towards universal health in the Americas,” said James Fitzgerald, Director of PAHO’s Department of Health Systems and Services.

WHO Collaborating Centres are typically parts of institutions such as universities, hospitals, research institutes or ministries, which have been designated by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programs. All the Centres located in the Americas are known as PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centres.

Their activities include, for example, carrying out research for PAHO/WHO, assisting in the development of a PAHO/WHO guidelines, gathering and analyzing data for PAHO/WHO reports, dissemination of information, providing training at the request of PAHO/WHO, standardization of terminology or nomenclature, or provision of technical advice to PAHO/WHO.

A WHO collaborating centre must also work to strengthen country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development. Currently, there are over 800 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO.

Some of the technical areas addressed by the Centres working directly with PAHO´s Department of Health Systems and Services are:

  • Blood banks, and Organ donation and transplantation
  • Biothics, ethics and global health policy
  • Family medicine and primary health care
  • Health Technology assessment
  • Health workforce education, planning and information
  • Hospital organization, management and quality
  • Nursing (research development, education, primary care nursing, etc)
  • Patient safety and engagement
  • Pharmaceutical policies and governance
  • Rational use of medicine
  • Standardization and evaluation of biological
  • Traditional and complementary medicine

Status Report of WHO Collaborating Centres in the Americas, January 2019