Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Clinical Care, Diagnosis, Response and Training on Highly Infectious Diseases
Director / Head:
Prof Giuseppe Ippolito
National Institute for Infectious Diseases INMI 'L. Spallanzani'
292, Via Portuense
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- Provide clinical care to patients with high-threat pathogen infection, including isolation into the high level isolation unit (HLIU) at INMI, upon WHO requests
- Provide operational, clinical, epidemiological and diagnostic support on high-threat pathogen outbreaks to WHO through GOARN in outbreak response activities; support WHO/ GOARN in activities to improve overall outbreak preparedness and response capability
- Develop sampling and processing strategies for laboratory diagnosis and clinical monitoring of patients with high-threat pathogen infections, including Risk Group-4 agents and viral hemorrhagic fevers.
- Provide a bio-repository facility for biological reference materials, to be used for development and validation of new and improved diagnostic assays by the laboratory network for high consequence pathogens;
- Development and implementation of training programmes concerning all aspects of high-threat pathogen infection management, including (i) laboratory biosafety and biosecurity for public health laboratory personnel and biosafety officers; (ii) Clinical management and infection control (in accordance with WHO policies) for clinicians and other staff involved in the clinical care of patients admitted to INMI and other HLIUs ; (iii) syndromic diagnosis and therapeutic management of diseases caused by emerging pathogens for non-specialist health care workers.
- Provide coordination and secretarial support to WHO/INMI/Italian Ministry of Health Task Force for the monitoring and supervising of agreement activities.
- Support WHO activities related to Deliberate Events or other high visibility events
- Conduct clinical research on high-threat pathogen infections in accordance with WHO research priorities
- Emergency & humanitarian action
- Communicable diseases other than those specifically mentioned
- Tourist health & travel medicine
Types of activity:
- Providing technical advise to WHO
- Outbreaks and emergencies
- Training and education
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: 1.5 - New knowledge, intervention tools and strategies that meet priority needs for the prevention and control of communicable diseases developed and validated, with scientists from developing countries increasingly taking the lead in this research.
Ower: 1.6 - Support provided to Member States in order to achieve the minimum core capacities required by the International Health Regulations (2005) for the establishment and strengthening of alert and response systems for use in epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
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PUKKILA Jukka Tapani
Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork