Going beyond bilateratal relationship between WHO and CC
Establishing formal or informal active networks involving different collaborating centers around identified thematic areas is identified as one of the strategies to maximize the full use of WHO collaborating centres (WHO CC) as sources of information, services and expertise. Networking with other CCs is also likely to strengthen individual CCs own capacity for training, research and collaboration. The approach is a cost-effective mechanism that greatly contributes to the planning and implementation of the agreed activities and gives an additional incentive to the centres.
Facilitating the networks
The networks can be developed at global, regional or sub-regional level depending upon the relevance of issues. The networks can be facilitated or coordinated by WHO or one of the WHO collaborating centres can act as focal points for regional or local networks and, in that way, help to channel information from and to WHO.
Any activity that a network of WHO collaborating centres may carry out outside the individual designation agreements between these institutions and WHO, should be in line with WHO policies. WHO also encourages Collaborating Centres to develop working relations with other centres and national institutions recognized by WHO in a particular country, in particular by setting up or joining collaborative networks with WHO’s support.
List of active global networks of WHO collaborating centres as of November 2010:
The Global Network of WHO CCs for Nursing and Midwifery Development
Network of WHO CCs for Occupational Health
Global Environment Monitoring System - Food Contamination Monitoring and Assessment Programme (GEMS/Food)
The Global Network of WHO CCs working on Communicable Diseases
WHO/REMPAN CCs and Liaison Institutes
WHO CCs for Nutrition
WHO CCs for Traditional Medicine
WHO CCs for International Classifications
WHO CCs for Tobacco Control
WHO CCs for Injuries and Violence Prevention
Regional network of CC in Western Pacific Region
WHO Network for HIV and Health in Western Pacific Region: Establishment of a formal network involving WHO collaborating centers on HIV/AIDS and other partner agnecies was endorsed in December 2008 with the stated mission to provide collaborative support to member states to implement public health approaches to HIV/AIDS in line with WHO strategic directions. A second consultation organized in November 2009 to identify future steps and strategies for advancement of the network. Efforts are currently ongoing to work out the operational details and the business plan for the network.
Download the report of consultation
Network of CC for reproductive health and making pregnancy safer: A consultative meeting was held in November 2009 to initiate the network of CC and other institutions related to reproductive health and making pregnancy safer. Actions are being taken to formalize the network.
Download the report of consultation
Efforts by WHO to promote networking among CC
2007 and 2008: Peer assist exercises were organized among key players of existing and prospective networks.
February 2006, Professor Barbara Parffit, who was then the head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education, Research and Practice, Glasgow, United Kingdom, as well as Secretary General of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing & Midwifery Development gave a presentation in Headquarters about how to strengthen partnerships through networks of WHO Collaborating Centres, based on the experience of her own network.
October 2005: A seminar called "Networking WHO Collaborating Centres: experiences and lessons learnt", where three networks of WHO CC presented their stories and shared lessons learnt from their experience.
Experiences in CC networking from other WHO Regions
- The meeting of WHO collaborating centres based in Europe working in the area of reproductive health, who met in Prague in 2007 to discuss how to increase the effectiveness of their collaboration with WHO and promote the implementation of WHO global and European regional strategies on sexual and reproductive health [more information].
- The active involvement of WR/Thailand in bringing the WHO collaborating centres of that country together [more information]
- WR/Cuba and AMRO have actively worked to strengthen the interaction of the WHO collaborating centres in Cuba. A meeting between all the Cuban centres and WHO was organized in May 2006 to allow technical exchange among the centres and develop a plan of work to enhance their work with WHO and other institutions in the region [more information in Spanish]
- In October 2009, a meeting of all WHO collaborating centres in Canada, representatives of Health Canada and PHAC, AMRO and WHO met in Ottawa. A good summary of the meeting is available by clicking here. More information about this meeting is available at the PAHO/WHO-Canada Portal.
If you would like to explore the possibility of developing a network with your WHO collaborating centres, or with prospective WHO collaborating centres, talking to the leaders of the other networks may help. KMS or the regional focal points will be happy to assist you.