The first Regional Consultation of WHO collaborating centres (CCs) in the South-East Asia Region was held in New Delhi on October 19 to 21, 2016. The objective of the consultation was to “enhance the capacity of WHO CCs in the Region to support WHO’s organizational mandate”. Historically, CCs have acted as valuable allies of WHO, helping the organization to implement its mandate in the Region. The consultation sought to strengthen this relationship and help collaborating centres align their activities with the current mandate of WHO.
TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.
At the Thirty-fourth session of the South-East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research (SEA ACHR), held in New Delhi on 13–15 December 2015, advisers from Member States of the South-East Asia (SEA) Region met to review progress and prioritize future course of action on health research in the Region. The SEA ACHR is an advisory body with a consultative mandate to support the World Health Organization in the South-East Asia Region in carrying out its constitutional role of promoting and coordinating research relating to global health work, in collaboration with external institutions pursuing common goals and with the scientific community at large.
WHO Collaborating Centres (WHO CCs) form part of an international and cross-institutional collaborative network set up by the World Health Organization. WHO CCs are a highly valued mechanism of operation in which relevant institutions are designated by WHO to support the implementation and achievement of the Organization’s planned strategic objectives at the global, regional and country levels; enhance the scientific validity of its global health work; and develop and strengthen institutional capacity in countries and regions.