Collaborating centres

Case Studies

Providing a data platform on alcohol abuse

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada is one of the country's leading addiction and mental health organization, integrating specialized clinical care with innovative research, education, health promotion and policy development. It has been a WHO CC since 1 January 1977, and was most recently re-designated in April 2007.

The Centre's collaborators play a key role in the management of the WHO Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) by maintaining, updating and further expanding the platform. New data from the Global Survey on Alcohol and Health will feed into GISAH. This survey, which covers alcohol policy, supply and consumption, and health indicators for alcohol-related harm, is a joint activity with CAMH where they have taken development and data management as well as analysis responsibilities. Also, CAMH collaborators are key in epidemiological research and for providing estimates on the disease burden attributable to alcohol.