WHO/Europe’s capacity on HIV surveillance further strengthened

A key partner in WHO/Europe’s work on HIV surveillance - the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building in HIV/AIDS Surveillance - received a redesignation for a further period of four years.

Starting as a WHO Knowledge Hub on Capacity Building in HIV/ AIDS Surveillance in 2003 in Croatia, the Centre was supported by the WHO/Europe and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and provided key technical assistance in developing and carrying out a number of training and research activities in HIV surveillance in partnership with numerous institutions and partners from all over the world. In 2008, the Hub became the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building in HIV/AIDS Surveillance.

The Centre is hosted by the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health, Medical School, Department of Medical Sociology and Health Economics, and managed in partnership with the UNDP office in Croatia which gives the Hub a unique position between academia and programme implementation.

The Centre is involved in three key areas of work:

  • the development and organization of training courses on HIV surveillance;
  • the provision of technical assistance in various areas related to the assessment, design and implementation of HIV surveillance systems; and
  • the adaptation and development of surveillance tools, guidelines and training manuals.

Since 2003, over 1,150 participants from 79 countries in eastern Europe, north and central Africa and the Middle East have attended various training courses in HIV surveillance and monitoring and evaluation.

WHO Regional Director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab, confirmed the redesignation of the Hub as a WHO collaborating Centre for a further period of four years from 03 March 2012, and expressed her appreciation of the centre’s work and of a continuing successful collaboration.