Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention and Treatment of Burns and Fire Disasters
Director / Head:
Professor S. William GUNN
Mediterranean Council for Burns and Fire Disasters (MBC) Ospedale Civico
Via C. Lazzaro - I-90127
(39-091) 666 3631
(39-091) 596 404
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- To prepare, test, & implement means & methodologies of health education for the prevention of burns & reduction of fire disasters.
- To train burns specialists & collaborate with fire-fighting authorities for the improvement of burns therapy & the humanitarian response in fire disasters. To make such experts available to WHO.
- To collaborate with industry for the prevention & mitigation of industrial fires, explosions, toxic accidents, atomic incidents & environmental degradation, for the protection of health & the prevention of industrial disasters.
- To collaborate with the World Health Organization Regional Offices & the UN, in carrying out emergency humanitarian missions & in managing fire disasters (as already done in Azerbaijan, Poland, and Nigeria).
- To organize & implement research in essential surgery & appropriate technology for newly independent states, poorly industrialized areas & developing countries through the action of MBC’s Academy of Burns and Fire Disasters for more extensive academic training in this field.
- To act as advisor with accreditation to the UN Economic and Social Council on fire disasters and to act as Faculty & "specialized arm" to WHO-related institutions, such as the WHO Collaborating Centre "Centre Européen pour la Médecine des Catastrophes" (CEMEC) in the Republic of San Marino.
- To prepare guidelines, manuals & training tools for field use, technical self- improvement, rehabilitation of the severely burned, & teaching at all levels.
- To prepare, in collaboration with the European Union & the Council of Europe, and other institutions, computerized teaching hypertext material & tele-medical technology for distance learning & distance management in disasters.
9. To assist WHO by acting as Coordinating Point for all the WHO Collaborating Centres for Emergency Humanitarian Action.
10. To collaborate with the International Association for Humanitarian Medicine (IAHM) to receive and treat burn patients through the organization’s World Open Hospital/WHO scheme.
- Emergency & humanitarian action
- Environmental health and hazards other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Product development (guidelines; manual; methodologies; etc.)
- Coordination of activities carried out by several institutions (e.g. other WHO collaborating centres)
- Outbreaks and emergencies
WHO organization wide expected result:
5.1 - Norms and standards developed, capacity built and technical support provided to Member States for the development and strengthening of national emergency preparedness plans and programmes.
5.3 - Norms and standards developed and capacity built to enable Member States to assess needs and for planning interventions during the transition and recovery phases of conflicts and disasters.
5.6 - Effective communications issued, partnerships formed and coordination developed with other organizations in the United Nations system, governments, local and international nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions and professional associations at the country, regional and global levels.
CONINX Rudi J. J. M.
+41 22 79 14582
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
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