Muscat, The Sultanate, represented by the
Ministry of Health (MOH), hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel today the
fourth meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) collaborating
centers (CCs) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.
Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Sa’eedi, Minister of Health chaired
the meeting in the presence of Dr. Ahmed bin Salim al-Mandhari, WHO
Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Minister of Health at his welcome speech stressed the role that
such Collaborating Centers play in improving the health conditions of
the regions’ countries. He expressed his pleasure of designating Oman
as a WHO collaborating center in Quality and Patient Safety,
emphasizing that the Sultanate is aspiring as well to obtain designation
in primary health care, nursing, and communicable diseases.
The meeting was inaugurated by WHO Regional Director for
the Eastern Mediterranean Dr. Ahmed al-Mandhari, who noted that it is
the first time such a meeting has been held outside the premises of
WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean since it relocated
to Cairo in 2000.
He pointed out that the WHO collaborating centers are
institutions designated by WHO’s Director-General to form part of an
international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of
the Organization’s programme of work at all levels, as well as
developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and
regions. They represent a highly valued mechanism of cooperation by
virtue of which selected institutions are recognized by WHO, in order to
support it in implementing its mandated work.
Dr. al-Mandhari’s message highlighted the objectives of the
meeting by pointing out that in 2015 and 2016, the WHO Regional
Office conducted performance assessment surveys of collaborating
centers in the Region, soliciting feedback from directors of the centers,
as well as WHO’s own responsible officers. The assessments revealed
key challenges and gaps and identified recommended actions for both
sides. Hence, this fourth meeting of all the WHO collaborating centers
in the Region was planned as part of the follow-up, to discuss gaps
and challenges with the aim of improving collaboration among centers
and with WHO, and enhancing their contribution to our programme of
work. The WHO-EMRO Regional Director added that the meeting
addresses specific procedures and issues that need to be considered
at different stages in a center’s operations, from designation as a
collaborating center to implementing its agreed work plan and annual
The two-day meeting aims to review the updated policies
regulating designation or re-designation of collaborating centers and
streamlining their collaboration with WHO’s programmer of work, in
addition to discussing the outcomes of the performance assessment
surveys of WHO collaborating centres and agree on actions to address
identified gaps. Additionally, it intends to consider the challenges faced
by collaborating centers in implementing planned activities in
collaboration with WHO, introduce and explain the Eastern
Mediterranean Region’s Vision 2023, as well to orient the centers with
regard to WHO strategic priorities in the Region.
The agenda of the meeting included presentation on situation
analysis of the WHO Collaborating Centers (CC) in EMR followed by
discussions on WHO CC global perspectives, policies and procedures,
in addition to good practices and challenges. Discussions covered
further ways of developing future agenda for WHO-CC through
proposing actions for supporting WHO’s programme of work in line with
the SDGs and EMR Vision 2023, as well as by observing new areas of
A WHO collaborating center is an institution, such as a research
institute, university or academy, designated by the WHO Director-
General, to form part of an international collaborative network to
conduct a range of activities in support of WHO’s work at all levels.
WHO collaborating centers represent a valuable resource and provide
strategic support to the Organization in the implementation of its
mandated work and in developing and strengthening institutional
capacity in countries and regions. There are 45 WHO collaborating
centers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, covering more than 30
areas of work.
The WHO collaborating centers are institutions designated by the
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) to form part
of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in
support of the Organization’s programme of work at all levels. They
represent a highly valued mechanism of cooperation in which selected
institutions are recognized by WHO in order to support it in
implementing its mandated work.
Designating a qualified institution as a collaborating center
recognizes a history of collaboration with WHO and provides a formal
framework for future joint activities. The work of WHO’s collaborating
centers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region should be directed
towards the regional priorities identified in the new vision for the
Eastern Mediterranean Region, Vision 2023 � Health for All, by All.
These four priorities include expanding universal health coverage,
addressing health emergencies, promoting healthier populations and
making transformative changes in WHO. The Health for All, by All
slogan of this regional Vision is a call for partnership and effective
engagement with individuals, experts, organizations and academia to
protect people’s health and build strategic alliances. WHO
Collaborative Centers are critical partners in enhancing public health
impact in the countries of our Region.
The meeting, organized by the WHO Regional Office for the
Eastern Mediterranean, was attended by directors of WHO
collaborating centers working in the Region and by responsible officers
from the Regional Office and WHO.
Source: Oman News Agency