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Ref.No. [Initiator]
BEL-27 [Headquarters]
Status
Active
Title of the centre:
  WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV/AIDS Diagnostics and Laboratory Support

Director / Head: 
  Dr Luc Kestens
  Dr Katrien Fransen




Institution:
  Department of Microbiology
  Institute of Tropical Medicine
Address:
  155 Nationalestraat
  2000
 
Town:
  Antwerp
Country:
  BELGIUM
Region:
  EURO
Phone:
  (32-3) 247 63 32
Fax:
  (32-3) 247 07 89
Web Site:
  http://www.itg.be/itg/
Date of Designation:
  01/Oct/1986
Last Redesignation:
  15/Dec/2012
Expiry:
  15/Dec/2016
Terms of Reference:
  1. To advise on surveillance of retroviral diseases in particular HIV & HTLVI/II. 
  2. To design & participate in WHO collaborating studies related to diagnostic technologies for markers of HIV infection. 
  3. To provide laboratory reference services in consultation with WHO. 
  4. To provide reference panels of sera. 
  5. To advise on the quality & characteristics of diagnostic kits for HIV serology & nucleic acid amplification technologies. 
  6. To advise on CD4 technologies. 
  7. To act as a repository for the WHO HIV evaluation panels. 
  8. To train laboratory & public health personnel.  
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Subjects:
  1. HIV/AIDS 
  2. Immunology 
  3.  
Types of activity:
  1. Provision of reference substances and other services 
  2. Providing technical advise to WHO 
  3. Training and education 
WHO Outputs:
  Ower: 11.2 - International norms, standards and guidelines for the quality, safety, efficacy and cost effective use of medical products and technologies developed and their national and/or regional implementation advocated and supported.
  Ower: 11.3 - Evidence based policy guidance on promoting scientifically sound and cost-effective use of medical products and technologies by health workers and consumers developed and supported within the Secretariat and regional and national programmes.
  Ower: 2.5 - Political commitment sustained and mobilization of resources ensured through advocacy and nurturing of partnerships on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria at country, regional and global levels; support provided to countries as appropriate to develop or strengthen and implement mechanisms for resource mobilization and utilization and increase the absorption capacity of available resources; and engagement of communities and affected persons increased to maximize the reach and performance of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control programmes.
Responsible Officer:
  VERCAUTEREN Gaby Henriette
Phone:
  +41 22 79 14728

Technical Counterpart:
  HAFNER Valentina
Phone:
  +45 45 33 66 87
Email:
  hafnerv@who.int
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
  Link to eWork