Redesignation of WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Strategic Information

On 11 March 2016, the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, Medical School, Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics of the University of Zagreb in Croatia was redesignated as the WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for HIV Strategic Information. Associate Professor Ivana Bozicevic will be head of the WHO CC alongside Professor Stjepan Oreskovic.

This redesignation builds on a long history of strong technical collaboration between the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health and WHO/Europe in HIV strategic information. In essence, this WHO CC is the only institution worldwide that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists, policy-makers and institutions of excellence in this field from across Europe and the world focusing on HIV surveillance, monitoring and evaluation.

It is unique in terms of its highly specialized expertise and experience in building country capacities, specifically in HIV strategic information in the WHO European Region through the delivery of:

  • innovative training programmes
  • specialized technical assistance
  • collaborative networks.

WHO is looking forward to continuing its fruitful collaboration with the collaborating centre toward successful implementation of the WHO workplan in the area of HIV strategic information.

Background

This WHO CC was initially established in 2003 as 1 of 3 HIV-related WHO knowledge hubs following an extensive selection process to address the growing demand on WHO/Europe to provide capacity building, trainings and technical assistance in HIV surveillance.

In March 2008, it was designated a WHO CC for HIV surveillance for the first time, and has since trained more than 1800 participants from 93 countries in Europe, North and Central Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.