WHO Collaborating Centre Status

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WHO Collaborating Centre on Research and Capacity Strengthening of Health Policy, Governance and Services.  

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development (NCIHD) at the University of Leeds aims to assist low and middle-income countries to achieve universal health coverage.

What is a WHO Collaborating Centre?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Collaborating Centres as '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.’ [WHO website http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/]

The WHO goes on to state that Collaborating Centres ‘are an essential and cost-effective cooperation mechanism, which enables the Organization to fulfill its mandated activities and to harness resources far exceeding its own.’ [WHO website http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/cc_historical/en/index2.html]

What does this mean for our work?
As a WHO Collaborating Centre our expertise lies in investigating and strengthening health policy, governance and service network of health systems through research and capacity building. 

Our work with the WHO is grounded in the wide country experience of our researchers and teachers and utilises the knowledge and experience of the extensive network of alumni from our postgraduate programmes.

What will we achieve?
The Nuffield Centre aims to work with WHO to pursue three objectives:

  1. Developing, piloting and evaluating interventions, strategies and policies aimed at making national health systems in low and middle income countries (LMICs) more transparent and accountable. 
  2. Integrating research uptake into policy action throughout the research process.
  3. Understanding the impact of planning processes on the health system performance.

Research focuses on the development of evidence based, practical guidelines that are grounded in the policy priorities of countries and the WHO and can be implemented in a sustainable way within health systems of low and middle income countries.

Capacity development seeks to strengthen the ability of country and regional policy makers to develop, implement and monitor effective health system policies that impact positively on the health of populations.

How will we achieve it?
We will:

  • Develop capacity assessment and strengthen guidance for use with Ministries of Health

  • Develop and deliver training packages for capacity development in health planning and management

  • Develop guidelines and support activities for strengthening quality assurance mechanisms for training in Public Health Management

  • Develop recommendations on how to incorporate research into the policy making process

  • Review strategic planning processes across selected countries.

For more on each of these activities, please download our full pdf here.

How will we share what we have achieved? 
We have already achieved significant outputs around the world from an assessment of the health planning system for the Ministry of Health in Sudan, to developing core competencies for public health training in India. More detailed information on our outputs can be found here and will be updated regularly.

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