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WHO Collaborating Centres

WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Lead academic: Professor David Mabey

This Centre works with the WHO and a network of international collaborators on activities to improve the health of women and children, particularly in the area of dual elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis and the prevention of cervical cancer. We support the WHO initiative to promote point of care (POC) testing for STIs by offering technical advice on target product profiles and evaluating new POC tests, and we assist WHO in the development and evaluation of activities that aim to improve STI control and prevention in key populations such as men who have sex with men,  using innovative approaches such as crowdsourcing and social entrepreneurship. 

WHO Collaborating Centre on Research on Gender-based Violence  

Lead academic: Dr Heidi Stöckl

The Gender Violence & Health Centre (GVHC) is an inter-disciplinary research group at LSHTM made up of more than 25 researchers with expertise on violence against women, violence against children, violence against men, violence among same-sex people, migration, labour exploitation and human trafficking. GVHC is a WHO Collaborating Centre since 2019. We work closely with local, national and international partners and stakeholders around the world to identify pressing research needs, conduct action-oriented research and generate scientific knowledge and evidence on gender-based violence and health aimed to improve the lives of women, children, adolescents and men.

WHO Collaborating Centre for New Vaccines Surveillance

Lead academic: Professor Martin Antonio

The Centre provides technical support to countries in the African Region to improve on surveillance of Invasive Bacterial Diseases (IBD) . A key objective of the centre is to support WHO sentinel sites to (1) Quantify the burden of invasive bacterial disease to inform policy makers on new vaccine introduction (2) Measure disease burden and vaccine impact (3) Quantify the burden of antimicrobial resistance and its potential on vaccine impact to reduce antimicrobial resistance. The centre also provides expertise and technical assistance during meningitis outbreaks in sub-Saharan Africa. The centre also promotes national and regional networking and conduct training courses, workshops and seminars on vaccine preventable diseases in Africa. This is achieved through strong collaboration and capacity building with Ministries of Health in Africa.