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


Meeting of the WHO collaborating centres to strengthen capacity to tackle noncommunicable disease risk factors and to improve surveillance in the WHO European Region

The meeting took place on 5–6 December 2018 in Moscow, Russian Federation. Find out more

New Designations

On 15/Jan/2019, the Gender Violence & Health Centre, Department of Global Health and Development, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Research on gender-based violence. More information

On 15/Jan/2019, the University Eye Clinic, Reference Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, University Hospital “Sveti Duh, Zagreb, Croatia been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Child Care. More information

On 15/Jan/2019, the Ministry of Health, National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Perinatology V. I. Kulakov, Moscow, Russian Federation has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction. More information