In October 2013 the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the University of York Department of History’s Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories. The Collaborating Centre’s official terms of reference are to focus on 1) contributing to the WHO Global Health Histories project by organizing Global Health Histories Seminars at the WHO HQ in Geneva and the WHO Regional Offices, publishing connected publications and organising exhibitions, and 2) contributing to WHO capacity building activities by organizing annual training workshops. Collaborating Centre status was renewed for a further four year period in October 2017.
Collaborating Centre status is awarded to selected centres and institutions which are established WHO collaborators and have a proven track record in assisting the WHO to implement its work and achieve its goals. You can find more information via WHO's Collaborating Centres webpage. Read a press release about CGHH's designation from the University of York's news feed.
The WHO CC is proud to have delivered a prolific programme of Global Health Histories seminars, engagement publications and exhibitions, and to have been able to contribute to the consideration of pressing public health issues at World Health Assemblies.
In addition to the activities agreed in 2013, the Collaborating Centre was subsequently requested by the WHO and the Wellcome Trust to help establish the Global Health Ethics seminars (GHES). The results of this path-breaking initiative are available on the dedicated Global Health Ethics website.
The WHO CC is currently working with the HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Diseases (HTM) Cluster on launching a new Health and Sustainable Development Seminar Series from 2017 onwards.
The WHO CC's work draws upon detailed, multi-disciplinary and evidence-based research. It draws strength from and enriches the work of a number of connected projects, including:
Photograph: WHO Headquarters in Geneva. Credit: Alex Medcalf
Contacts: Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories
Professor Lawrence Black, Head of the Department of History
Ms Caroline Edwards, Departmental Manager