WHO collaborating centres in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: an agenda for action and improvement (Editorial)

Arash Rashidian, Ahmed Mandil, Samar ElFeky, Ahmed Al-Mandhari

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the key United Nations specialized agency dedicated to promoting population health and health outcomes. In order for the Organization to achieve its strategic objectives, WHO designates selected institutions as collaborating centres to assit with carrying out WHO core activities. The Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) currently hosts 45 collaborating centres (as of December 2018), which is only 5% of the 832 WHO collaborating centres located worldwide, and yet EMR countries host about 10% of the global population. The reason for this discrepency could be a reflection of the limited public resources allocated to health research in the Region. However, it may also highlight the fact that resources and opportunities for establishing effective collaborating centres in the EMR still remain untapped.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1037
Number of pages3
JournalEastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 23 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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