What is WHOCC?
A WHO collaborating center (WHOCC) is defined as “an institution designated by the Director-General WHO to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the WHO’s program at all levels.”
The WHO head office at Geneva designates “collaborating centres”. These centres implement agreed work programmes in their own area of scientific expertise or major specialism for a specified period of time.
The wide-ranging area of health promotion and prevention calls for international strategies which must be developed and implemented with the support of institutions and organizations at an international, national and regional level. In order to implement this networking activity, the WHO Head Office for designates "collaborating centres" for particular specialisms. The centres’ expertise and experience make a valuable contribution to health promotion at all levels. The cooperation between the WHO Head Office, WHO Regional Office, Country Office and a collaborating centre both strengthens and makes optimum use of national resources.
WHOCC at ILBS
WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseasesis based at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi (ILBS). ILBS has been a collaboration partner of the WHO Head Office in the field of Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases since December 2014.ILBS contributes to the development and dissemination of WHO strategies by sharing its knowledge and its many years of experience in viral hepatitis and liver diseases.As part of this collaboration, ILBS shares its expertise, thereby contributing to enhanced promotion of research and training in Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases treatment in the country.
The WHOCC at ILBS since its inception is working on 3 types of activities:
- Research Programmes
- Training and Educational Programmes for medical/Paramedical staff.
- Collection and collation of information
The above mentioned activities are rolled out on the basis of below mentioned Terms of References:
- To contribute to WHO’s work in generating data and evidence based policies for action in the field of viral hepatitis and its consequences.
- To contribute to WHO’s work in prevention of transmission of viral hepatitis
- To contribute to WHO’s work in increasing access to care and treatment of viral hepatitis and its consequences.
- To contribute to WHO’s work towards capacity building of healthcare workers.
As a WHO Collaborating Centre on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases, ILBS uses its knowledge and many years of experience in treatment of viral hepatitis and liver diseases to contribute to the implementation of the relevant WHO strategies.
One of the core tasks of the Collaborating Centre is the dissemination of expertise. ILBS promotes knowledge transfer by means of the following activities:
- Collection and Presentation of National Data;
- Networking with other partners like institutes, organisations and stake holders working on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases;
- Development of Materials and Methods for Target-Group-Specific Interventions;
- Welcoming Expert Visits to Exchange Experiences;
- Development of Standards for Evaluation and Quality Assurance,
- Organization of Training Programs, Meetings, Seminars and International Conferences on Relevant Topics of Viral Hepatitis and Liver Diseases.