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WHO Collaborating Centres

WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Lead academic: Dr Emma Harding-Esch and Dr Suzanna Francis

This Centre is closely aligned with LSHTM’s Sexually Transmitted Infections Research Interest Group (STIRIG), which is made up of more than 50 cross-Faculty, interdisciplinary LSHTM researchers and students conducting research on sexual health and STIs. The Centre works with the WHO Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programme (HHS), the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and a network of international collaborators on activities to improve the prevention, control and management of STIs worldwide. The key objectives of the Centre are to:

  1. Support the development, implementation and evaluation of STI diagnostic strategies, including point-of-care tests (POCTs); training; health systems research; laboratory capacity building; and advise on research/validation, test performance, process and impact evaluations.
  2. Assist WHO in activities that aim to improve STI prevention and control and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in key and vulnerable populations for STIs including HIV (support normative work [e.g. guidelines]; generate evidence to inform policy and programmes including STI prevalence and surveillance, sexual behaviour, SRH service access and use; and training).
  3. Provide support to WHO in activities related to elimination of STIs and their sequelae, including cervical cancer, and mother-to-child-transmission of STIs including HIV, hepatitis and syphilis.

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.