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


On 12/Jan/2018, the National Center for Radiation Protection and Computational Physics, Italian National Institute of Health, Roma, Italy, has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Radiation and Health. More information

On 8/Feb/2018, the Center of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (CATTM), Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine. More information

On 12/Feb/2018, the Public Health Interventions Research Group, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Trachoma, Sydney, Australia. More information