Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Health and Environment in Sustainable Development
Director / Head:
Niels Ornbjerg Christensen
DBL - Centre for Health Research and Development
Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Date of Designation:
Date of Discontinuation:
Terms of Reference:
- 1. Contribution to the knowledge base on health determinants in development and on environmental management or health protection and promotion, through basic and applied research projects and networking, mainly in the area of water-related, vector-borne, parasitic infections and related health problems. Within this broad scope, areas of special attention will be: health impact assessment and health risk management in the context of climate change and development, environmental management for vector control, the links between conservation of biological diversity and human health, and food safety and health aspects of urban food production.
- 2. Organization and implementation of education and training activities (training courses, e-learning programmes, workshops, research capacity building (Master, Phd Programmes)), seminars and scientific meetings relevant to WHO and DBL priority health problems.
- 3. Participation in the updating & elaboration of new guidelines, manuals, strategies for disease surveillance, prevention and control in an intersectoral context.
- 4. Contribution to exchange of information, experience and expertise between the DBL, WHO and national and international counterparts.
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
- Water & sanitation
Types of activity:
- Training and education
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
WHO organization wide expected result:
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)
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.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
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