Collaborating centres

WHO collaborating centres

Over 800 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 800 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 3/Dec/2018, the Unité de Recherche et d'Expertise des Bactéries Pathogènes Entériques, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Typing and Antibiotic Resistance of Salmonella. More information

On 20/Nov/2018, the Faculty of Public Health and Social Welfare, Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Professional Education. More information

On 17/Nov/2018, the McGill International Tuberculosis Centre, at the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Canada has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for tuberculosis research. More information