Human Genomics in Global Health

International collaborations

Human Genomics in Global Health works closely with a diverse panel of Collaborating Centres, experts, as well as United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide advice, guidance, technical inputs and support on all projects in human genomics.

WHO Collaborating Centers in genomics

A Collaborating Centre is a national institute designated to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of WHO’s mandate for international health work and its programme priorities.

The role of Collaborating Centres ranges from collecting information, applying technology, education and training to giving guidance on scientific, technical and policy issues.

United Nations agencies

    WHO collaborates with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on educational projects in human genomics.
    The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) also collaborates with WHO.

Non-governmental organizations in official relations with WHO

  • The Human Variome Project (HVP)
    In January 2015, HVP became a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with WHO.
  • Thalassaemia International Federation
    The Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) is an International non-governmental organisation coordinating the various issues of thalassaemia associations globally.
  • World Federation of Hemophilia
    The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is a global organization dedicated to advancing treatment to all people with bleeding disorders, where the vast majority have little or no access to care.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide
    Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) is dedicated to improving quality of life and life expectancy for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF).
  • March of Dimes
    The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
  • International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research
    The International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research brings together birth defect programmes from around the world with the aim of conducting worldwide surveillance and research to prevent birth defects and to ameliorate their consequences.


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