Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre on Air Quality and Health
Director / Head:
Professor Lidia Morawska
International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health
Queensland University of Technology
2 George Street
+61 7 3138 2616
+61 7 3138 9079
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Assistance to WHO and its Member States, as well as collaboration with other WHO Collaborating Centres, in matters related to the global, regional and national burden of disease due to indoor and outdoor air pollution, and the links between population exposure to outdoor / indoor air pollution and climate change, including the assessment of exposure to the complex mix of pollutants present in the poor urban centres of developing countries.
- Improve the evidence of burden of disease due to air pollution by means of studies, in specific population groups, in areas where there remains uncertainty about causality and/or strength of association. A specific focus of the studies is to be on children and children’s health, including in respect of exposure to traffic generated air pollution.
- Advising MS on the effective strategies or actions to reduce exposures and their health effects. This includes country-level action to increase access to cleaner cooking energy and improved cooking technologies.
- Co-ordinating further development of methodology for national assessment of the environmental burden of disease, particularly in relation to household energy and indoor air pollution, for a range of socio-economic groups in both rural and urban areas.
- Support to WHO in the preparation, update and revision of guideline documents relating to burden of disease due to air pollution, including guidelines for reducing the health burden associated with household fuel combustion.
- Technical co-operation with WHO and with Member States on request, on training events on air quality and health.
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
- Health information; statistics; measurement & trend assessment
- Health systems research & development
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Training and education
Ower: 8.1 - Evidence-based assessments made, and norms and standards formulated and updated on major environmental hazards to health (e.g., poor air quality, chemical substances, electromagnetic fields, radon, poor-quality drinking-water and waste-water reuse)
Ower: 8.4 - Guidance, tools and initiatives created in order to support the health sector in influencing policies in other sectors to allow policies that improve health, the environment and safety to be identified and adopted.
Ower: 8.3 - Technical assistance and support provided to Member States for strengthening national occupational and environmental health risk management systems, functions and services.
DORA Carlos Francisco C.
HASSAN Mohd Nasir
+855 23 216610
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork