Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus and Haemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research
Director / Head:
Prof. Dr. Stephan Günther
Department of Virology
Bernhard Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine
Bernhard-Nocht Strasse 74
(49-40) 42818 930
(49-40) 42818 931
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To cooperate with WHO in its function of alert and response to Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens outbreaks of international importance, including outbreaks of Arboviruses, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
- Support WHO in the early diagnosis, rapid identification and characterization of high risk pathogens specimens submitted through WHO, keeping the results confidential, if so required.
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to assist with epidemiological surveys, laboratory investigations, research and development activities (development of new RDT and NAT diagnostics, new vaccines, new medical countermeasures), carried out under the responsibility of WHO by providing personnel and/or equipment when possible.
- During response operations to outbreaks of Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens coordinated by WHO, to provide onsite laboratory diagnostic support with staff and equipment when possible.
- To provide technical support to the national laboratories involved in epidemiological and laboratory investigations during Emerging Infectious Diseases outbreak responses.
- To inform WHO of any epidemiological or laboratory finding that would be in conjunction with a risk of transmission of a severe disease of international concern : Arboviruses, Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers and novel and emerging infectious diseases.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Collection and collation of information
- Outbreaks and emergencies
Ower: 1.4 - Policy and technical support provided to Member States in order to enhance their capacity to carry out surveillance and monitoring of all communicable diseases of public health importance.
Ower: 1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
Ower: 1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
FORMENTY Pierre B.H.
+41 22 791 2550
BROWN Caroline Sarah
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork