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/May/2016, the Gastrointestinal Research Department, Digestive Diseases Research Institute, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on NCDs and Gastrointestinal Cancers. More information

On 11/May/2016, the Department of Public Health and Policy, Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on Determinants of Health Equity. More information

On 11/May/2016, the Department of Clinical Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM, London, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections, STI. More information